OSP FO# 11-212

AGENCY: Microsoft Research

PROGRAM: Faculty Fellowship Program

OBJECTIVES: The Faculty Fellowship Program provides support for exceptional new faculty members engaged in innovative computing research. Microsoft believes new faculty are vital to the future of academic computer science. The goal of this program is to stimulate and support creative research undertaken by promising investigators who have the potential to make a profound impact on the field of computing in their research disciplines. The program allows recipients considerable freedom in planning the focus of their academic research. Examples of research areas supported by this program include, but are not limited to: interdisciplinary research, scientific computing, bioinformatics, computational biology, software engineering, and other areas where computing transforms the discipline and advances the state of the art. Nominations of women faculty members in computing fields are encouraged.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: 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. Nominees may be no more than six years from the completion of their most recent PhD and must be new faculty members in their first, second, or third year of their first faculty appointment.

Potential Fellows must be nominated by the University Provost. Direct applications are not accepted from a new faculty candidate. Institutions may nominate only one candidate.

DEADLINES:
B.U. Internal Deadline: September 30, 2011
Nomination Deadline: October 19, 2011; 3pm Eastern

FUNDING INFORMATION: Each two-year fellowship includes an unrestricted cash award of $200,000, with $100,000 to be conveyed in the first year and $100,000 in the second, as well as access to other Microsoft resources, such as software, invitations to conferences, and engagements with Microsoft Research.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Microsoft Research
Faculty Fellowship Program
Email: flshph@microsoft.com
Web: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/awards/msrff.aspx

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: Each institution is permitted to nominate one individual. Faculty wishing to be considered for nomination should provide the following proposal material to OSP-CRC Director Joan Kirkendall, Office of Sponsored Programs, 25 Buick Street, Boston, MA 02215, for internal review purposes:

(1) Letter of recommendation from the appropriate Department Chair or Research Mentor, highlighting the nominee’s achievements and the basis for selection;
(2) Description of the nominee’s proposed research (maximum length 3 pages); including a discussion of the innovative merit of the research and the extent to which the research has the potential to advance the state of the art;
(3) Nominee’s biographical sketch (2 pages).

Nomination material will be collected and forwarded to the Office of the Vice President for Research for final selection. All nomination material should be received by Friday, September 30, 2011.

REMARKS: Nomination material for the selected candidate must be submitted online through the Microsoft Research web site (https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/MSRFacultyFellowship/Default.aspx) by the Authorized Nominator (as determined by the Office of the Provost). Three letters of recommendation are required from established researchers familiar with the applicant’s research; however, no more than one letter of recommendation can come from within the nominating institution.

Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.