HoloLens for Research Awarding Grants for US Based Academic Proposals

Microsoft HoloLens Academic Research is seeking request for proposals (RFP) for the creation of new holographic computing experiences. Accepted proposals will receive awards consisting of $100,000 USD and two Microsoft HoloLens development kits.


This is only for United States residents, and the applicant’s institute must be non-profit and a research institute or accredited university. Furthermore, the institution must be capable of carrying out the proposed research with the appropriate knowledge, resources, and skills. Cross-disciplinary teams are encouraged.

Microsoft Research is willing to accept any proposal that advances the field of holographic computing, but it offers the following of list of topics:

  • Data Visualization
  • Evolution of pedagogy in STEM, medical, and design education
  • Future of communication and distributed collaboration
  • Interactive art and experimental media
  • Psychology-related topics such as human perception and human-computer interaction
  • Solving difficult problems and contributing new insights that are specific to the applicant’s field

The last area of interest indicates a wide range of possibilities, and Microsoft states they are encouraging research for novel applications. Also mentioned in the project’s goals is advancing research in mixed reality, which include areas such as augmented reality and augmented virtuality.

The deadline for proposals is midnight PST, September 5 and awards will be announced on October 6, 2015.