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From time to time we invite academics to propose research in specific areas that align with our mission of building community and bringing the world closer together.

Invitations typically address specific research challenges that we have identified are important in our mission. 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.

Open Research Awards

November 13, 2019

Privacy Preserving Technologies request for proposals

Facebook builds communication tools for people to engage with the people, activities, and businesses they love. Our family of apps helps people communicate in a variety of ways, ranging from direct person-to-person chat, group-based communication, enterprise collaboration, public engagement, commercial communication, and many others. Our tools are used daily by billions of people worldwide. Facebook is a leader in deploying privacy preserving technology, most notably for using default end-to-end encryption to safeguard communications in both WhatsApp and in Messenger ‘Secret Conversations’.

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November 5, 2019

Content Governance request for proposals

There is a need for expanding a diverse and independent body of research and advocacy work across these disciplines, in support of content governance for digital platforms. Thus, we are requesting proposals for academic research or civil society advocacy in the areas of online speech, law and technology, digital constitutionalism, multi-stakeholderism, content moderation, content governance, journalism, applied ethics, free expression, digital rights, human rights, tech policy, and other related fields of study.. Proposals do not have to be limited to the Oversight Board. They should, however, support a specific research problem or advocacy issue related to online content governance.

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October 28, 2019

Distributed Systems Research request for proposals

At Facebook, we are performing forward-looking research into the area of distributed systems, applying key techniques from the field at Facebook’s scale and sharing our designs, implementations, insights, and data with the community. To understand the future challenges that have yet to emerge, it is important that Facebook builds a strong collaboration pipeline with key experts in academia. Therefore, Facebook is pleased to invite faculty and graduate students to respond to this year’s call for research proposals pertaining to distributed systems.

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Closed Research Awards

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Terms and Conditions

  • By submitting a proposal, you are authorizing Facebook to evaluate the proposal for a potential award, and you agree to the terms herein.
  • You agree that Facebook will not be required to treat any part of the proposal as confidential or protected by copyright, and may use, edit, modify, copy, reproduce, and distribute all or a portion of your proposal in any manner for the sole purposes of administering the website and evaluating the contents of the proposal.
  • You agree and acknowledge that personal data submitted with the proposal, including name, mailing address, phone number, and email address of you and other named researchers in the proposal may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used by Facebook for the purposes of administering the website and evaluating the contents of the proposal.
  • You acknowledge that neither party is obligated to enter into any business transaction as a result of the proposal submission, Facebook is under no obligation to review or consider the proposal, and neither party acquires any intellectual property rights as a result of submitting the proposal.
  • Any feedback you provide to Facebook in the proposal regarding its products or services will not be treated as confidential or protected by copyright, and Facebook is free to use such feedback on an unrestricted basis with no compensation to you.