Google Research Awards is a program which identifies and supports full-time faculty pursuing research in areas of mutual interest. Google annonced that "from a record number of submissions, we're funding 75 awards across 18 different areas—a total of more than $4 million."
"The areas that received the highest level of funding for this round were systems and infrastructure, human computer interaction, multimedia and security. We also continue to develop more collaborations internationally. In this round, 26% of the funding was awarded to universities outside the U.S," stated Google.