Faculty Research and Engagement Program

The FREP is designed to produce the highest-quality scientific collaborations and outcomes by having Yahoo scientists engage with top faculty members to promote major advancements in Web science. These collaborations will solve problems of mutual interest with measurable outcomes such as joint papers, advances in algorithm design, systems research outside our scope and experimental results. This is not an open call for proposals. Yahoo scientists reach out to collaborate with faculty that can work on specific research problems that are of interest to them. They can also work with a student as long as his or her faculty advisor is listed on the proposal and the student is legally able to be employed and receive a paycheck in their name. Yahoo scientists should drive the proposal submission as well as the engagement to ensure measurable outcomes from the collaboration.

We encourage collaborations that are closely aligned with Yahoo's areas of interest, business challenges, and corporate goals. Funds are allocated based on how well the proposals meet the following criteria:

  • Focused on key research challenges on which academics can drive further growth
  • In alignment with Yahoo’s long-term strategic vision
  • Importance of Yahoo to continue/build relationships with the specified academic/university
  • Academic is from a strategic university where Academic Partnerships has a relationship
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