Google Research Awards : Two weeks and counting..

The deadline for our next round of Google Research Awards is 11:59pm PDT on April 15, 2012.  The Research Awards are one-year awards structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time staff members at top universities around the world.

Member of academic staff can apply for Research Awards by submitting a proposal via the Faculty Research Awards program website.

Although the majority of grants go to applications in Computer Science and Software Engineering, Geospatial is increasingly represented,  last year grants were provided to researchers in Mapping/GIS at,

  • Columbia University
  • Princeton University
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • ETH Zurich
  • UCL / University of Southampton
  • Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris
  • McGill University

The last call resulted in the funding of 119 awards for a total of $6 million !

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch, but I suggest looking at this advice first.

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Research Technology Thoughts

App Engine for Academics

As the geospatial world moves every closer to the mainstream IT, the potential of “Cloud” based technology to share mapping data and provide distributed processing for spatial analysis is increasing relevant to academics and researchers working in higher education.

Yesterday Google announced a programme to allow academics use of Google App Engine for their research projects. App Engine is the service used by Google for building and hosting web applications and offers fast development and deployment, simple administration and built-in scalability.

This new award programme will support up to 15 projects by providing App Engine credits in the amount of $60,000 to each project for one year. In its first year, the program is launched in a limited number of countries, including the UK.

See the RFP for details.

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