Microsoft Azure for Research Award

Microsoft Research is soliciting proposals for the use of Microsoft Azure in research and welcome research proposals from any branch of scholarly activity. Masters and undergraduate students require a faculty project supervisor to submit their proposal.The award aims to support researchers who are able to find applications for their work in this area. Microsoft Azure can help you do your research better, bigger, and faster.The awards program provides access to significant amounts of cloud computing resources for a year, so you can easily experiment and scale up your project quickly to achieve more.Winning proposals will be awarded allocations of Microsoft Azure storage and compute resources for a period of one year.

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To qualify for the awards program, applicants must:

  • Be affiliated with an academic institution/university or non-profit research organization or non-profit research laboratory. In addition to individual investigator projects, they are interested in projects that will support access to services and data of value to researchers and those in disciplines concerned with public health.
  • Masters and undergraduate students require a faculty project supervisor to submit their proposal.
  • Faculty, researchers, and graduate students are qualified to submit proposals for Azure awards for research projects.
  • Microsoft Research is soliciting proposals for the use of Microsoft Azure in research. They are welcome to research proposals from any branch of scholarly activity.
  • The awards are available in all countries in which Azure is available.

How to Apply:

Researchers can apply for the award by providing a simple proposal that states the project’s intent and an outline for how your project will use the cloud computing resources.

Submit your proposal online through the given link:

Ensure that your proposal meets the following requirements:

  • Length- Your proposal should be no longer than three pages.
  • Language- Must be written in English
  • Include- The research problem you are working on and why it is important.

How you will use Microsoft Azure and resource requirement estimates (e.g., number of core, storage requirements) for your project

  • Title- Your proposal title must begin with “Data Science” to ensure that your proposal is considered for this award. (“Internet of Things”, “Public Health”, “Data Science”, and “CDI”)
  • They are especially interested in research proposals that utilize multiple Azure services (ie. Web Apps, Mobile Apps, Data Analytics, Cortana Analytics Services, HPC, etc) as part of their investigation or solution.
  • They are also interested in proposals with a focus on the following areas:
  • Internet of Things
  • Public Health
  • Data Science
  • Climate Data Initiative

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • MicrosoftAzure will provide the researcher a specified dollar amount of Azure credits that they can then expand for any of the available Azure services (VMs, Storage, DB, Hadoop, Spark, Containers, etc.). The research grants do not include direct monetary or cash awards.
  • Qualifying proposals will be awarded allocations of Microsoft Azure compute and storage resources.The size of the allocations will be suitable for a substantial research project.
  • Microsoft Azure for Research Awards offer large allocations of cloud computing for your research project, and already support hundreds of researchers worldwide across all domains.

Application Deadline:

Proposals are due on the 15th of even-numbered months (February, April, June, August, October, and December).The complete application must submit on or before August 15, 2017.

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Contact Information:

If you have questions about the awards program or the application process email at

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