Research Awards

Find invitations to research challenges important to our mission

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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Research Awards

June 7, 2021

2021 Towards Trustworthy Products in AR, VR, and Smart Devices request for proposals

To foster further innovation in this area, and to deepen our collaboration with academia, Facebook is pleased to invite faculty to respond to this second call for research proposals that explore unique challenges, threats, attacks, mitigations, and other considerations in the burgeoning space of AR, VR, and smart devices.

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May 26, 2021

Request for proposals on engineering approaches to responsible neural interface design

The exploration of neural and neuromotor interfaces is growing both in academia and industry. With these technical developments come ethical…

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May 26, 2021

2021 RFP on agent-based user interaction simulation to find and fix integrity and privacy issues

In this call, we are particularly interested in research work that tackles the scientific and technical challenges we face in developing and deploying Web Enabled Simulation and that could also lead to longer and deeper collaboration between partners from the academic research community and our WW project team.

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May 12, 2021

2021 Instagram request for proposals on safety and community health

In 2021, Instagram requests research proposals to help us better understand experiences on Instagram that may or may not contribute to the safety and health of our community.

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April 21, 2021

2021 Statistics for Improving Insights, Models, and Decisions request for proposals

At Facebook, our research teams strive to improve decision making for a business that touches the lives of billions of…

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April 19, 2021

Next-generation Data Infrastructure request for proposals

To foster further innovation in this area, and to deepen our collaboration with academia, Facebook is pleased to invite faculty to respond to this call for research proposals in next-generation data infrastructure.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the RFP awards are an unrestricted gift. Because of its nature, salary/headcount could be included as part of the budget presented for the RFP. Since the award/gift is paid to the university, they will be able to allocate the funds to that winning project and have the freedom to use as they need. All Facebook teams are different and have different expectations concerning deliverables, timing, etc. Long story short – yes, money for salary/headcount can be included. It’s up to the reviewing team to determine if the percentage spend is reasonable and how that relates to the decision if the project is a winner or not.

We are flexible, but ideally proposals submitted are single-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt font.

Research awards are given year-round and funding years/duration can vary by proposal.

Yes, award funds can be used to cover a researcher’s salary.

Budgets can vary by institution and geography, but overall research funds ideally cover the following: graduate or post-graduate students’ employment/tuition; other research costs (e.g., equipment, laptops, incidental costs); travel associated with the research (conferences, workshops, summits, etc.); overhead for research gifts is limited to 5%

One person will need to be the primary PI (i.e., the submitter that will receive all email notifications); however, you’ll be given the opportunity to list collaborators/co-PIs in the submission form. Please note in your budget breakdown how the funds should be dispersed amongst PIs.