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
February 25, 2019
Computer Vision for Global Challenges request for proposals
Facebook is calling for proposals for pilot and early-stage research that extends computer vision technologies in developing countries. We specifically seek projects that address the technical challenges impeding computer vision in these contexts, including data and hardware limitations and better integration of new information sources, such as high-resolution satellite imagery.Learn More about Computer Vision for Global Challenges request for proposals
Closed Research Awards
Probability and Programming request for proposals
To foster further innovation in topics at the intersection of programming languages and machine learning, and to deepen our collaboration with academia, Facebook is pleased to invite faculty and graduate students to respond to this call for research proposals.
January 17, 2019
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.
July 3, 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.
June 18, 2018
Global Literacy and 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.
April 16, 2018
Speech and 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.
March 30, 2018
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.
March 2, 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.
January 23, 2018
Frequently Asked Questions
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