Google announced of completing the latest round of "Google Research Awards" program which identifies and supports faculty pursuing research in areas of mutual interest.
Google says "We had a record number of submissions this round, --funding 112 awards across 20 different areas--for a total of more than $6 million. Also providing over 150 Android devices for research and curriculum development to faculty whose projects rely heavily on Android hardware.
The areas that received the highest level of funding, were systems and infrastructure, human computer interaction, security and multimedia. We also continue to support international research; in this round, 29% of the funding was awarded to universities outside the US."
More info on research award program. And if you're a faculty member, you can now apply for one of next year's two rounds. The deadline for the first round is February 1.