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About us

Microsoft Research Connections supports those who dream the impossible—inventing a better world one idea at a time.

We collaborate with the world’s top academic and scientific researchers, institutions, and computer scientists to shape the future of computing in fields such as parallel programming, software engineering, natural user interfaces, and data-intensive scientific research.

Our collaborations help us develop technologies to help solve some of the most urgent global challenges. Our fellowships and grants help foster the next generation of world-class scientists who are critical to the future of scientific discovery.


A world of endless possibilities—dream the unthinkable and change the world forever.


Invent a better world—one great idea at a time.


Together, let’s inspire the next generation of scientific discoveries

Microsoft Research Connections

Research in focus

Computer Science

Computer Science
Fostering innovative research to advance social and human potential

Earth, Energy, and Environment

Earth, Energy, and Environment
Accelerating scientific insights that advance our understanding of the natural world

Education and Scholarly Communications

Education and Scholarly Communication
Empowering the academic community with innovative tools and technologies

Health and Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing
Applying advanced computing technologies to improve health and wellness

Natural User Interface 

Natural User Interface
Exploring human-centric ways for people to interact with future computing paradigms



Women in Computer Science
Inspiring and supporting gender diversity in computer science education and careers