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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.

Research Awards

September 16, 2020

Request for proposals on responsible innovation in AR/VR: “Consider Everyone”

Facebook is soliciting proposals to accelerate research on how user and non-user experiences differ across social groups and cultures, including non-U.S. based perspectives. We are considering non-users to be both those who do not own AR/VR devices (either by choice or circumstance) and also those who are bystanders to a user’s experience.

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September 16, 2020

Request for proposals on social experiences in VR environments

Facebook is soliciting proposals to help accelerate research in social VR with the hope of fostering open, welcoming, and safer virtual worlds. There are fairly robust research fields in traditional 2D social platforms, and we hope to drive similar progress in the fields of 3D and virtual reality social interaction.

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