HoloLens for Research


Academic Research Request for Proposals

microsoft-hololens292x180.pngMicrosoft believes that mixed reality can be used to create new experiences that will contribute to advances in productivity, collaboration, and innovation. We engage with researchers across many disciplines to push boundaries in the state of the art at the intersection of software and hardware.

Microsoft HoloLens goes beyond augmented reality and virtual reality by enabling you to interact with three-dimensional holograms blended with your real world. Microsoft HoloLens is more than a simple heads-up display, and its transparency means you never lose sight of the world around you. High-definition holograms integrated with your real world will unlock all-new ways to create, communicate, work, and play.


The primary goal of this request for proposals (RFP) was to better understand the role and possible applications for holographic computing in society. Additional goals were to stimulate and advance academic research in mixed reality and encourage applications of holograms for novel purposes.

Proposals were invited from, but not limited to, the following areas of interest:

  • Data visualization
    Example: Using mixed reality to make large data sets easier to navigate and understand
  • Evolution of pedagogy in STEM, medical, and design education
    Example: Using existing 3D assets or new 3D assets for high-value training (e.g., interactive 3D models for medical training)
  • Future of communication and distributed collaboration
    Examples: Remote training and support, first-responder emergency management, and virtual conferences
  • Interactive art and experimental media
    Examples: Narrative storytelling, new forms of artistic expression, interactive journalism
  • Psychology-related topics
    Examples: Human perception and human-computer interaction
  • Solving difficult problems and contributing new insights that are specific to the applicant’s field

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Award recipients

HoloLens Academic Research RFP award recipients

We are pleased to announce the winning proposals selected from more than 500 qualified submissions. Thank you all for your submissions.

The award recipients are:

  1. Open-Source Investigations in Mixed Reality: Interactive Art, Visualizations, and Expressive Interfaces on HoloLens, Golan Levin, The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO, Carnegie Mellon University
  2. Augmenting Reality for the Visually Impaired with Microsoft HoloLens, Emily Cooper, Wojciech Jarosz, and Xing-Dong Yang, Dartmouth College
  3. Collaborative Analysis of Large-Scale Mixed Reality Data, Joseph Gabbard and Doug Bowman, Virginia Tech
  4. HoloLens Curriculum for Trade-Based Education, Andy Mingo, Tawny Schlieski, Nikki Dunsire, Shelley Midthun, and J Bills, Clackamas Community College and Intel
  5. Immersive Semi-Autonomous Aerial Command System (ISAACS), Allen Yang, Claire Tomlin, and Shankar Sastry, University of California, Berkeley

The following five proposals were selected as runners-up:

  1. Memory Lens: A Dynamic Tool for Capturing Societal Memory, Lori C. Walters, Eileen Smith, Fran Blumberg, Robert Michlowitz, and Alexia Mandeville, University of Central Florida
  2. Stroke Rehabilitation, Wen Liu, The University of Kansas
  3. DinoLens: Seeing an Unseen Past, Preeti Gupta, American Museum of Natural History
  4. CONSTRUKTS: Augmenting design processes with interactive holograms using the Microsoft HoloLens, Pamela Jennings, Center for Design Innovation
  5. Extending the range of human senses: Ultraviolet and ultrasonic perception with Microsoft HoloLens, Carol LaFayette and Frederic I. Parke, Texas A&M University

Meet the award recipients of the first Microsoft HoloLens academic research grants >