Collaborating for the future.

At Qualcomm, we understand that collaboration is critical to ensuring our ability to innovate and help communities solve technical challenges of tomorrow. Through our global engagements with academia and universities, our collaboration helps drive innovation and common knowledge in key technical areas, accelerating innovation for a better future.

Qualcomm has a rich history of partnering with academia. Founder Irwin Jacobs, a university professor himself, started the company in 1985 along with other engineers and academics, one of whom was Andrew Viterbi, the Presidential Chair and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Southern California.

Qualcomm University Relations Program

Qualcomm is always looking to advance beyond the traditional boundaries of mobile technology. Our University Relations Program actively invests in a broad range of technological research with universities by funding research projects conducted by faculty and students at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels.  We foster strong partnerships with academia, knowing they are key contributors to success in emerging technological knowledge and capabilities. Our program builds research and educational collaboration and furthers our engagement with talented students, accelerating knowledge for technical innovation.


Our University Relations Program is one of the key programs for community engagement within Qualcomm’s purposeful innovation efforts.  For more information on our approach to community engagement, please see our Corporate Citizenship Principles.


Our University Relations program is governed by steering committees comprised of engineering experts, some of them former university professors themselves, across different research and development areas. Members of the steering committees are assigned by executive leadership under the Chief Technology Officer. The steering committees provide input from engineering groups and help identify strategic collaboration and funding opportunities for Qualcomm’s technological focus areas.  

Our University Relations program is structured around 5 focus areas:

Research lab consortiums

Through our support of different research lab consortiums, we address forward looking solutions to technical challenges in collaboration with academia and other industry technology leaders. In turn, these consortiums, give universities and research centers the opportunity to leverage financial and technical support from multiple actors.

Qualcomm Faculty Awards (QFA)

The QFAs directly supports key professors and their research through gift funding to their university. The award recognizes distinguished faculty research providing strong contributions in key technology areas and inspiring students in realizing their goals.

Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QIF)

The QIF enables Qualcomm to foster new ideas which ultimately lead to future technology advancements and growth. The QIF is focused on recognizing, rewarding, and mentoring innovative PhD students across a broad range of technical research areas, based on Qualcomm’s core values of innovation, execution, and collaboration.

Collaboration grants

Through directed research grants to universities, Qualcomm engages with targeted research teams, providing support and guidance, benefitting the technical advances developed that can support our own work and business advancement.

Within this framework, Qualcomm aligns lectures by leading research faculty for Qualcomm engineers for targeted technical learning opportunities of key research projects, publications, and research expertise which help our engineers make more informed research decisions.

Academic conference sponsorships

Qualcomm continuously sponsors conferences in targeted academic research to develop research engagement opportunities and amplify expertise voices in targeted domains.

Qualcomm Developer Network

Qualcomm Developer Network (QDN) is a comprehensive program designed to equip the next generation of pioneers to invent with our technologies. Our collection of software and hardware tools and resources is designed for developers, including students and academia, to build upon our foundational technologies in new ways. Our aim with the QDN is to be the catalyst to help realize developers’ vision – today, tomorrow, and for the future. For more information, please see Qualcomm Developer Network.

At Qualcomm, we believe in the power of technology.

With the world becoming increasingly connected, we are embracing the tremendous opportunity before us and innovating solutions to tackle global challenges and make a lasting difference. As a company of inventors, we know breakthroughs do not happen in isolation. So, we strive to bring positive change in the world by working together with our ecosystem and research partners, like academia, to enable innovation that transforms industries and enriches lives.