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Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Program
Microsoft Research

Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the LSP is open to all Texas A&M faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements.  The University and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.

Institutional Eligibility:  Candidates for the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship program must be nominated by their research institution, and no more than one nomination from each institution will be accepted. An emphasis is placed on nominations from departments working on computing research areas and on areas that involve the innovative application of computing.

PI Eligibility:  Nominees must be new faculty members in the first, second, or third year of their first tenure-track faculty appointment. Further, nominees should have completed their most recent Ph.D. or Sc.D. in 2006 or later.

The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS).

Number of Proposals: 1

Summary:  Microsoft Research seeks nominees who are advancing computing research in novel directions with the potential for high impact on the state of the art, and who demonstrate the likelihood of becoming thought leaders in the field. The future of computing in academe rests with its newest faculty. In these early-career professionals lie the seeds of tomorrow’s great innovations. However, while recognized faculty with well-established reputations are able to attract the financial support necessary for substantial research programs, new faculty often struggle to secure adequate support to allow them to realize their full potential.

Because new faculty are so vital to the future of academic computer science, the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Program identifies, recognizes, and supports exceptional new faculty members engaged in innovative computing research. The objective of this program is to stimulate and support creative research undertaken by promising researchers who have the potential to make a profound impact on the field of computing in their research disciplines.

September 14, 2012, 5:00 p.m.: Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project. 

Send email of intent to

September 19, 2012, 5:00 p.m.:  Deadline to submit an internal proposal.  All proposals submitted for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the on-line application system, which is available at:

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a 1-3 page research plan summary, bio-sketch, and budget (if required).

This site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their neo login and password to access the system. If you do not have a neo login, click on “signup,” fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.862.2233.

September 26, 2012: Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

October 22, 2012:  Sponsor deadline for the full proposal by 12:00 noon, Pacific time.

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the LSP.