About the program

The IBM Faculty Awards is a competitive worldwide program intended to:

  • Foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities worldwide and those in IBM research, development and services organizations
  • Promote curriculum innovation to stimulate growth in disciplines and geographies that are strategic to IBM.

Faculty Awards are cash awards granted annually. The current maximum award to any one recipient is 40,000 USD per year. IBM Faculty Awards are not contracts and no intellectual property rights are stipulated as part of a Faculty Award. We strongly encourage all work to be placed in the public domain.


To qualify for this internationally competitive award, the nominee must be a full-time professor at an accredited university that has a Ph.D. or MBA program in the nominee's field. Candidates must have an outstanding reputation for contributions in their field or, in the case of junior faculty, show unusual promise.


IBM does not accept unsolicited requests or proposals for faculty Awards. An IBM employee with common interests and who will serve as liaison for the collaboration must nominate candidates. Awardees may be nominated for a renewal, going through the same competition as the initial nomination. The nominee and technical contact will jointly fill out a short form, collecting contact information and a brief description of the project.

If you are interested in pursuing a nomination for a Faculty Award, we recommend that you speak with your IBM employee contacts in the development, research, or services organizations. If there is a mutual interest in research collaboration or curriculum development, your IBM contact can seek sponsorship and initiate a nomination for you.

Find answers to the most common questions about the Faculty Awards program.

  • How do I contact someone within IBM to submit a Faculty Award request?

    It is recommended that you contact IBM employees from the IBM Research, Development, or Services organizations with whom you have an existing relationship. In most cases, such a relationship provides a good basis for developing a common interest for research collaboration or curriculum development. If your IBM contact is not familiar with the Faculty Awards program, he or she can access information via the IBM intranet.

  • Are there specific guidelines for submitting a Faculty Award request?

    IBM seeks to support proposals that stimulate growth in disciplines and geographies that are strategic to IBM. We also encourage work that will be placed in the public domain and openly shared for the benefit of the entire technical or business community.

  • When are Faculty Award nominations due?

    Nominations are managed with an on-going process from January through October of a calendar year.

  • How many times can an individual receive a Faculty Award?

    IBM Faculty Awards are granted on an annual basis. The maximum award to any one recipient is 40,000 USD per year. While awards may be renewed annually, these nominations will engage in the same level of competition as first-time nominations.