Samsung 2017 GRO Program


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 applicants will receive financial support for their proposed project, up to USD $100,000 per year. This funding may be renewed for up to three years, based on measured 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 2017 GRO leaflet is available for download.
For more questions about the GRO Program, please contact us via the GRO email address that best matches your location.

America :
Asia & Oceania :
China :
Japan :
Europe :
Russia & CIS :
    • GRO Year Calendar
  • 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”).

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