NVIDIA's Academic Programs Team is dedicated to empowering and collaborating with professors and researchers at universities worldwide. We aim to inspire cutting-edge technological innovation and to find new ways of enhancing faculty research as well as the teaching and learning experience. We achieve this through a variety of initiatives and programs including:


GPU Grant Requests
Professors, Researchers and Advisors requesting should complete the online GPU Grant Request Form to request a GPU for research purposes for themselves and/or their PhD teams.


DRIVE Grant Requests (US & Canada only)
NVIDIA DRIVEā„¢ PX 2 is available in limited quantities to qualified researchers via the DRIVE Grant Program. NVIDIA released the final Software drop for DRIVE PX 2 with DRIVE OS 5.0.10.3 for Linux. There will be no additional software updates on this platform. We invite Professors, Researchers and Advisors to complete the online DRIVE Grant Request Form if you have an autonomous vehicle research project where you wish to use Drive PX 2. At this time, we are not offering the DRIVE AGX Developer Kit via the DRIVE Grant Program. This program is open to US and Canada only.


GPU & DRIVE Grant Program Guidelines
In order to review either a GPU Grant or DRIVE Grant request, we require a statement of research and CV. Additional materials should not be used to attach a full proposal in lieu of a statement of research. Your statement of research must include a short description of the specific research project(s), how you and/or your team will use the GPU or GPU Platform and a list of recent publications if you have any.

NVIDIA Academic GPU grants are seeding gifts of one GPU intended to enable researchers getting started using GPUs, starting a new project and/or to gain the preliminary results to support a larger proposal to other funding agencies. Our goal is breadth-first; seeding and grants are for (1) GPU or GPU Platform. We do not donate workstations or servers to house the GPUs, nor do we donate large quantities of GPUs or server rack mountable GPUs to outfit labs. We rarely award more than one GPU, but if you request more than one GPU for your research or your team, be sure to clearly explain why multiple GPUs are needed in your statement of research. As a general rule, we do not provide feedback on submissions. Keep in mind draft submissions are deleted monthly.

Please provide an accurate and complete FedEx/DHL acceptable shipping address and phone number in the form (no PO Boxes). The address provided will be EXACTLY where the grants are shipped. Only enter address details for the fields presented {ie. don't add country to the street address, don't add university to the street address), only enter details for one street address per line {ie. don't put the entire street address, City, State, Zip on one street address line}. If this information is incomplete in any way, the submission will be declined or delayed - double check for accuracy! In addition, if you know your offices will be closed anytime within 4-6 weeks of submission, you should wait to submit your request when the offices will be open for an extended period of time - we will NOT put a hold on shipments.

 

GPU & DRIVE Grant Program Frequently Asked Questions

How often are GPU & DRIVE Grant Submissions reviewed? Submissions are typically reviewed every two weeks and notification is sent as soon as the review is final - this process could take up to three weeks from the time of submission.

Are there submission limits? Yes, there is a limit of (1) GPU or GPU platform grant per person, per year and per project.

What GPUs and DRIVE Platforms do you currently offer? We currently offer Jetson TX2 Developer Kit and Quadro P6000 worldwide and GeForce Titan V in all countries except India, where Titan Xp is offered. We offer DRIVE PX 2 AutoChauffeur Development Platform in the US and Canada only.

We will not have a Tesla option in the near future and we are not donating the Turing Architecture-based GPUs as part of the GPU Grant Program. We are not offering the DRIVE AGX Developer Kit via the DRIVE Grant Program.

Can students apply? Students, including PhD candidates, should not submit GPU Grant Requests for themselves or on behalf of their professors. All submissions must come from a Professor, Researcher or Advisor. If you have multiple students interested in using GPUs for their research, one submission should be made for your group keeping in mind the overall goals for the next year. Sharing resources is encouraged. All information should match the professor, researcher and/or advisor information and the log in email should be the same as the email listed in the form. Any misinformation or applications submitted by students for their professors will result in automatic decline.

Do all submissions get approved?  Unfortunately, no.  We have a limited supply of seeding inventory and each week we get far more submissions than we have inventory.  We have a review committee who has to make the tough decisions on what gets approved.  Priority is made to researchers new to the program (no other donations in the past) and novel research ideas.  This is a seeding program, not meant to continuously provide a donated GPU each year.  After the first donation, we hope that awardees can obtain the results to publish papers and apply for and receive government grants for future purchases or be awarded funding elsewhere. 

Are there deadlines? There are no official deadlines for the GPU Grant Program and the program is ongoing.  However, we do pull the GPU Grant Form for various reasons throughout the year. During this time, we cannot accept submissions and we will not post when this happens.  The form is usually only offline for a couple of weeks and at most has been offline for a month for maintenance/upgrades.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at UniversityPartnership@nvidia.com.

**NVIDIA can modify, put a hold on or cancel programs at any time.