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
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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).Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More