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. 

Microsoft Azure provides an open, flexible, global platform that supports multiple programming languages, tools, and frameworks including: Linux, Python, Java, Hadoop, and the Microsoft .NET Framework.

Microsoft Azure for Research Award program

Microsoft Research is soliciting proposals for the use of Microsoft Azure in data-intensive research. We welcome research proposals from any branch of scholarly activity. Selected proposals gain are awareded large allocations of Microsoft Azure storage and compute resources to use in their research.

Microsoft Azure for Research: unlimited possibilities in the cloud

Microsoft Azure for Research training

Microsoft Research offers cloud training classes at various times worldwide to inform researchers how Microsoft Azure can accelerate your research.

Accelerate the speed of scientific discovery with Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure in action

Eco-testing a building before it is even built

Buildings Go the Cloud

New civil engineering tools that take advantage of the power of cloud computing on Microsoft Azure have the potential to reduce the time and cost of energy-efficient building by allowing in-depth simulations of a building’s performance during the design phase. Read more…


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Cloud computing unlocks drug discovery

Helping scientists discover new drugs

Toxicity prediction presents a great challenge to scientists developing new drugs; the massive data analysis requirements require a costly computer infrastructure. But with Microsoft Azure, scientists can analyze big data affordably and quickly—in the cloud. Read more…


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Fighting wildfires with data

Fighting Wildfires with Data  The University of the Aegean in Greece developed a new application—featuring Bing Maps, Microsoft Silverlight, and Microsoft Azure—to determine the daily wildfire risk in Lesvos during its dry season. With the help of a daily visualization of the environmental factors, the island’s fire management team uses the app to determine resource allocation for the day. Read more… 

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A new tool for teaching climate change in the cloud

Using ChronoZoom to build a comprehensive timeline of climate change in the cloud

A professor explores the history of climate change in depth in his graduate-level Earth System Science class. To help students visualize events through the ages, he is using ChronoZoom, an open-source community project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything. ChronoZoom stores and processes data in the cloud (through Microsoft Azure). Read more...


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Supercomputing on demand with Microsoft Azure 

Searching for genetic causes of disease 

Learn how Microsoft Azure can simplify the management of large-scale computations and how, together with FaST-LMM—an algorithm developed by Microsoft Research—it drastically reduced processing times to find new associations between genomes and diseases. Read more... 


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