2018 Samsung Global Research Outreach Program (SAIT)- Call for Proposals

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The SAMSUNG Global Research Outreach (GRO) Program is an important part of growing SAMSUNG’s (Samsung Electronics & related Samsung companies) academic research engagement and collaboration platforms.

World-class university researchers have been annually invited since 2009 to propose novel research ideas and to work with our R&D teams to foster technological innovation. This has resulted in actively collaborative relationships with over 100 leading universities worldwide.

Selected GRO projects will be funded with one year. This project may be extended up to three years, based on annual research outcomes and necessity for further research partnership determined by SAMSUNG. Joint research proposals from multiple universities are welcome and acceptable.

The GRO Program represents an opportunity for SAMSUNG and universities to build a mutually beneficial research relationship and we look forward to your participation.

A PDF version of 2018 GRO leaflet:2018_GRO_leaflet-2

Eligibility for Participation

  • The following are eligible to apply for the GRO Program :
  • Applicants must be a university professor or researcher.
  • University shall accept GRO Research Agreement (RA) as part of the proposal submission process.
  •  Initial acceptance by the applicant’s university is accomplished through submission of GRO RA Acceptance Letter
    without any modifications. If the university would like to review GRO RA before submission, detailed GRO RA could be
    sent via email upon request of authorized official of the university.
  • Proposal Submission

    Applicants shall submit a research proposal and signed RA acceptance letter. All documents are only accepted via the GRO submission website prior to the deadline. After the deadline, the applicants are not able to submit, amend or modify proposals.

  • Proposal Screening

    SAMSUNG Technology Board members review all the submitted proposals in accordance with GRO evaluation criteria
    as below

  • The innovativeness of the research
  • The potential societal and/or business impact expected from the development, dissemination and use of project results
  • The feasibility of the research with respect to the planned time, objectives, intended results and resources available
  • The research competencies of the principal investigator in relevant field(s)

Announcement of the Finalists

  • All applicants will be informed of final results by email.
  • We do not provide individual feedback on proposals not selected for funding.

Finalization of the GRO Research Agreement

  • SAMSUNG will send signed GRO RA documents. The selected university will then sign and return the GRO RA documents before the funding process starts.

GRO Project Starts

  • Samsung recommends projects start in September or October. If the contract cannot be completed by the end of November, the project may be dropped.
  • * Confidential and Proprietary Information
    • Participants shall ensure that no confidential or proprietary information is included in submitted proposals. SAMSUNG
      will treat all information submitted in proposals as non-confidential and non-proprietary.Under the GRO Program, submitted proposals will be reviewed by SAMSUNG personnel, including SAMSUNG researchers, who will become knowledgeable of the information provided by the university researcher in the project proposal. During the evaluation process, SAMSUNG cannot maintain the confidentiality of information set forth in the proposals. Accordingly, SAMSUNG does not require, and does not desire, to receive any information that may be deemed confidential by the university researcher or the university.
  • * Personal Information
    • SAMSUNG values the personal information of its applicants and strives to protect each applicant’s personal information. Also SAMSUNG adheres to all applicable laws and regulations including the Personal Information Protection Act of Korea. To be eligible, applicant(s) shall consent to the collection and/or use of its/their personal information in accordance with the Korean law, “Personal Information Protection Act” (the “PIPA”).

2018 GRO Research Themes:  2018 GRO Program is seeking proposals in twenty seven(27) research themes. Details are described in the description documents and other themes are also welcome.

– Brain Inspired Computing & Neural Interface open
– Hardware Security open
– Health Technologyopen
– Camera Technology open
– Ultra-thin and High-resolution AR Glasses open
– New Logic Device open
– Next Generation Computing open
– Computing Architecture for Data Analytics open
– Cognitive Edge Computingopen
– Security & Privacy open
– Data Profiling and Curation open
– Data Service Platform open
– Software Engineering open
– Conversational Assistant open
– Data Analytics open
– New Quantum Dot open
– Near-infrared Sensor Materials open
– New Type Light Emitting Material open
– Hybrid System of Energy Harvesting and Battery open
– Ultra Compact Power Conversion Platform open
– 3D battery open
– Microbial Conversion Materials open
– Material Simulation open
– Functional Oxide open
– High Permittivity MLCC Dielectric Material with Low Dielectric Constant Change open
– Components and Materials for 5G open
– Material Informatics & Deep Learning


 2018 GRO Timeline:

Web Submission Starts:   April 16, 2018

Submission Deadline:   June 12, 2018 (09:00 A.M. Korea Standard Time, UTC+9)

Final Results Announcement (via email) :   August, 2018

Research proposal is accepted ONLY via the GRO online submission site. GRO online submission site Popup button


Applicants shall submit the following two(2) documents :

1. Research Proposal: 2018_GRO_Proposal Guide and Format-1

2. Signed GRO RA Acceptance Letter: 2018 GRO RA Acceptance letter  “GRO RA is available upon request.”

For more questions, please contact below.

America: gro.usa@samsung.com


Contact Information

Hema Prabhu
Contracts Assistant
innovations.partnerships@utoronto.ca | (416) 978-5557

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