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Proposal resources: Microsoft Azure for Research

Microsoft Azure for Research

Since the launch of the Microsoft Azure for Research Award program in September 2013, we have received close to 2,000 proposals from researchers around the world for projects that use Microsoft Azure and the power of cloud computing. Congratulations to the approximately 700 selected recipients of Azure for Research Awards to date.

We continue to receive submissions to and look forward to learning how you are using Azure and cloud computing to help you collect, filter, analyze, and share data. We are interested in cloud-powered research from any branch of scholarly activity, including life sciences, urban sciences, environmental sciences, ecology, and geosciences.

Award program eligibility

To qualify for our awards program, applicants must be affiliated with an academic institution or non-profit research laboratory. In addition to individual investigator projects, we are interested in projects that will support access to services and data of value to a collaboration or community.

Proposal submission

Submit your proposal via the online submission site. Your proposal should meet the following requirements.

  • Proposal should not exceed three pages in length, written in English
  • Proposal should include resource requirement estimates (number of core, storage requirements, and so forth) for your project.

Proposal submission deadlines

Proposals are considered every two months in a calendar year, in even-numbered months (February, April, June, August, October, and December).

Get help with your proposal

  • For additional information about the program or proposal submission process, consult our FAQ.
  • If you have questions that are not addressed in our FAQ, send email to
Map showing number of award winners around the world

Access Azure resources

In addition to the research awards, there are several other ways to access free Azure resources. These include a free trial that is available on the Azure portal and the MSDN subscription. You may also be interested in using Azure in your classes.


“The Azure for Research programme has helped the Marine Institute and our research partners understand how cloud computing can be used to advance collaborative marine research including by making on-demand compute and advanced analytical data services much more easily available to virtual research teams.”

—Eoin O’Grady, Information Services and Development Manager, Marine Institute (Ireland)

"As a hydrologist, I spend a lot of time writing computer code to simulate how water moves in large networks of rivers. Because I use Linux, it didn’t occur to me to look to Microsoft for my research needs—until I got to use Microsoft Azure. Within the first day of receiving a Microsoft Azure for Research grant, I had set up my own Linux machine on the cloud, and within just two days, I was running my river network routing model on Azure. Now a month later, I am an everyday user of Azure. I have three Linux machines on Azure with different specifications, and I know I have just scratched the surface of Azure’s capabilities. You can learn more about my river model on my website on Azure."

—Dr. Cédric H. David, Project Scientist, University of California Center for Hydrologic Modeling

Share your story

If you are using Microsoft Azure for a cloud-based research project and would like to share your story, please contact