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Sony Faculty Innovation Award

Opportunity NameFaculty Innovation Award
ValueUp to $100,000
Indirect CostsEligible at 40%
Duration1 year, with a possible extension
Application due to FSc RO at for full review08-31-2022
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review09-08-2022
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review09-13-2022, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 09-15-2022, by 11:59PM

Sony would like to partner with universities to help cultivate advanced concepts and fertilize their own research and development.  Funds will be provided to conduct pioneering research in the following areas: 

1 - Information Technology 

  • Audio, Music, Speech and Language Processing 
  • Machine Learning 
  • Security 
  • Brain Technology 
  • Planetary Sensing 
  • Visual/Visualization 
  • Computer Vision 
  • Remote and Immersive Technology 
  • Wireless Communication 
  • RF Sensing 
  • Systems and Networking 
  • Robotics 
  • Data Analytics 
  • Human Sensing & Interaction 
  • Display System 

2 - Devices and Materials 

  • Analysis/Simulation/Informatics 
  • Novel Functional Devices and Materials 
  • Sustainable Devices and Materials 
  • Nanophotonics/Metasurface 
  • Optical Computing 
  • Microdisplay/Spatial Light Modulator 
  • Sensors for Robotics 

3 - Biomedical and Life Science 

  • Cardiovascular Disease 
  • Neuropsychiatric Disease (Mental Health) 


Principal Investigators (PIs) must meet the eligibility criteria below.

  • Must belong to a university, educational institution, or governmental/non-profit research institute.
  • Must be a full-time professor (adjunct professors and adjunct researchers are not eligible) or researcher and be eligible to supervise Ph.D. students at the PI's institution. Full professors, associate professors, and assistant professors are eligible to apply.
  • Must be in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, or the United States of America.

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact your FSc Research Officer

Stefanie Bernaudo
Research Officer
(Biology, Physics & Astronomy, Science & Technology Studies)

Phoebe Tsz-Wai Chan
Research Officer
(Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics)