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Microsoft Azure for Research

Unlimited possibilities in the cloud—accelerate the speed of scientific discovery

Microsoft Azure for ResearchThe Microsoft Azure for Research project facilitates and accelerates scholarly and scientific research by enabling researchers to use the power of Microsoft Azure to perform big data computations in the cloud. Take full advantage of the power and scalability of cloud computing for collaboration, computation, and data-intensive processing.

Microsoft Azure is an open platform that supports languages, tools, or frameworks, such as Linux, Python, Java, Hadoop, and Microsoft .NET Framework.

Award program

Explore the power and connection of Azure for your research, for free. Submit a research proposal to the award program and tell us how the cloud can help solve some of your research challenges. Winning proposals are awarded large allocations of Azure storage and compute resources for one year.

Already familiar with our award program?

Training events

Take advantage of our free, hands-on training course taught by specialized Microsoft Azure for Research trainers. The course is offered to academic researchers who are interested in or need to conduct their research on a highly scalable and flexible resource infrastructure, such as that offered by Azure.

Learn how to use cloud computing with Microsoft Azure to advance your research.

Online training

Unable to attend one of our training events? Watch our short videos that introduce Azure and provide a comprehensive overview of how research scientists can get the best results from cloud computing with Azure.

The videos provide the same information that is in our standard live training, but they are condensed for quick, convenient, on-demand viewing.

Case studies

Imagine thousands of machines analyzing and exchanging vast quantities of data, allowing you to work most efficiently.

Azure makes it easy for you to access shared data collections so you don’t need to invest in large-scale compute and storage hardware. And it helps you take advantage of powerful, data-intensive processing in the cloud, helping you accelerate the rate of scientific insight.


Join us for our Azure for Research webinar series. These one-hour, interactive online sessions help you understand the value and capabilities of cloud computing and how you can use it for your research in practical ways.

  • Watch webinars and discover how Azure can help advance your research.

Technical papers

We offer a selection of technical papers to help researchers quickly start working with Azure. The papers cover a range of topics from getting started with Azure to Azure Virtual Machines to Azure Cloud Services. Some prior technical computing skills are assumed.