From time to time we invite academics to propose research in specific areas that align to our mission of making the world more open and connected.

Invitations typically address specific research challenges that we have identified are important in our mission of making the world more open and connected; these vary in nature and may solicit proposals from individual researchers addressing a well-defined problem or may require multiple university departments to collaborate with a diverse set of skills to solve a more complex multi-disciplinary challenge.

Calls for proposals align to specific areas of research. They offer insight to the academic community on topical research questions of interest to Facebook, where academic insight is key.

Specific details on timing and criteria will apply to each call.

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Open Research Awards

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Closed Research Awards

October 12, 2018

Instagram Research Awards for Social Technologies

Instagram requests academic and/or non-profit organizations research proposals in areas that align with Instagram’s mission of bringing you closer to the people and things you love.

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July 29, 2018

Statistics for Improving Insights and Decisions request for proposals

In order to support academic work that addresses our challenges and opportunities while producing generalizable knowledge, Facebook is pleased to offer $150K in research grants.

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July 13, 2018

Computational Social Science Methodology request for proposals

Facebook is pleased to invite the academic community to respond to a call for research proposals on computational social science methodology.

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July 9, 2018

Continuous Reasoning request for proposals

Facebook is pleased to invite university faculty to respond to a call for Continuous Reasoning research proposals.

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WhatsApp Research Awards for Social Science and Misinformation

WhatsApp cares about the safety of our users and is seeking to inform our understanding of the safety problems people encounter on WhatsApp as well how to address it proactively and reactively. For this first phase of our program, WhatsApp is commissioning a competitive set of awards to researchers interested in exploring issues that are related to misinformation on WhatsApp.

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June 18, 2018

Mechanism Design for Social Good request for proposals

The widespread usage of mobile devices and social networks opens unique opportunities to design new mechanisms on top of those networks—mechanisms that lead to meaningful connections which otherwise would not have occurred. Facebook is pleased to support the MD4SG agenda by offering $150K in research grants in this area.

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May 30, 2018

Facebook Testing and Verification request for proposals

Facebook is pleased to invite university faculty to respond to a call for research proposals on Testing and Verification (TAV).

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Crisis Informatics request for proposals

We are pleased to invite the academic community to respond to this call for research proposals on crisis informatics and the role of social media in disaster response and recovery.

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Global Literacy & Accessibility Challenge request for proposals

Facebook is pleased to invite the academic community to respond to this call for research proposals to better understand and address global literacy and accessibility issues. Grant awardees will be expected to contribute to the field of literacy and accessibility through qualitative or quantitative research.

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Speech & Audio Technology for Voice Interaction and Video Understanding

Facebook is pleased to invite the academic community to respond to this call for research proposals for speech & audio technology that advances the state-of-the-art in human-computer interaction, human-human interaction, and video content understanding.

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Low Resource Neural Machine Translation request for proposals

Facebook is pleased to invite the academic community to respond to this call for research proposals on low-resource Neural Machine Translation. Applicants for the grants will be expected to contribute to the field of low-resource NMT through research into novel, strongly performing models under low-resource training conditions and/or comparable corpora mining techniques for low-resource language pairs.

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January 23, 2018

Secure the Internet Grants request for proposals

Facebook is pleased to invite submissions for Secure the Internet Grant proposals from university researchers and faculty, non-profit organizations, and NGOs for applied research proposals to improve the security, privacy, and safety of internet users.

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June 23, 2017

Caffe2 research award competition request for proposals

Caffe2 is a deep learning framework designed to provide scalability, modularity, flexibility, and speed to projects across many areas including…

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November 11, 2017

Communications and Networking request for proposals

Facebook is pleased to invite university faculty to respond to this call for research proposals on computer communications and networking;…

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November 11, 2017

Hardware and Software Systems request for proposals

Facebook is pleased to invite university faculty to respond to this call for research proposals on hardware and software systems;…

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June 13, 2017

ParlAI request for proposals

Facebook is pleased to invite university teams to respond to this call for research proposals on chatbots and dialogue systems…

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