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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.
  • 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.