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.
If you would like to receive email notifications about our research awards, subscribe below.Subscribe
Open Research Awards
May 6, 2019
The Online Safety Benchmark request for proposals
The reduction of fake and misleading content on Facebook is mostly driven by the state-of-the-art text and visual recognition systems, including Machine Translation, Automatic Speech and Character Recognition, and Image and Text Categorization. However, we still need major improvements in AI systems to further improve online safety. What is currently lacking is a well-defined set of tasks around online safety, together with appropriate benchmarks to quantify performance. The goal of the RFP is to challenge the community to address these challenges together, and to solicit new tasks.Learn More about The Online Safety Benchmark request for proposals
May 5, 2019
Instagram Request for Proposals for Well-being and Safety Research
In 2019, Instagram requests research proposals to help us better understand experiences on Instagram that foster or harm the well-being and safety of our communities and societies. This includes, but is not limited to, research that will help us understand problematic issues facing our communities, develop better content policies, assess possible interventions to protect our communities, or identify the mechanisms (e.g., social support, social comparison) through which Instagram usage directly impacts well-being.Learn More about Instagram Request for Proposals for Well-being and Safety Research
April 23, 2019
Networking Systems request for proposals
Networking is fundamental to today’s large scale distributed systems that power the family of Facebook applications that are used by billions of people. At Facebook, we focus on making networking technology more flexible and scalable by rethinking traditional approaches and designs, and collaborating with research and open source communities to develop an ecosystem of open hardware and software.Learn More about Networking Systems request for proposals
April 5, 2019
Computationally Efficient Natural Language Processing request for proposals
Facebook is pleased to accept research proposals focused on making NLP models more efficient both at training and testing time. We hope this work will enable production applications of such models at scale and potentially make them directly runnable on mobile devices without losing the quality of models run on servers.Learn More about Computationally Efficient Natural Language Processing request for proposals
April 5, 2019
Neural Machine Translation for Low Resource Languages request for proposals
Facebook is pleased to invite the academic community to respond to this call for research proposals on low-resource machine translation (MT). Applicants for the research awards will be expected to contribute to the field of low-resource MT through innovative approaches to obtain strongly performing models under low-resource training conditions.Learn More about Neural Machine Translation for Low Resource Languages request for proposals
April 5, 2019
Robust Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing request for proposals
While neural networks have achieved the state-of-the-art results on various natural language processing (NLP) tasks, their robustness to changes in the input distribution and their ability to transfer to related tasks are one of the biggest open challenges. We invite the academic community to propose novel and robust methods to address these challenges.Learn More about Robust Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing request for proposals
Closed Research Awards
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.
February 25, 2019
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
Do you typically limit the salary of the PI in the gift?+
Should the proposal be double- or single-spaced? Is there any required/expected font?+
What is the award cycle or when does the funding year begin and end?+
Can award funds be used to cover a researcher's summer salary while conducting research?+
Can you please explain the budget breakdown in more detail?+
We are working as co-PIs and are at the same institution. Is it possible to list both of our names as PI for an RFP proposal?+