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Facebook RFPs: Six opportunities with upcoming deadlines

Brown photo bannerFacebook Research has six RFP requests for university research to consider with listed deadlines within the next several weeks.

Statistics for Improving Insights, Models, and Decisions

Facebook is following up on the 2019 Statistics for Improving Insights and Decisions research awards to foster further innovation in this area and to deepen our collaborations with academia. In order to support academic work that addresses our challenges and opportunities while producing generalizable knowledge, Facebook is pleased to offer six research awards of up to $50K each.

Deadline: April 29


2020 Networking

Networking is fundamental to the large-scale, distributed systems that power the family of Facebook applications that are used by billions of people. Facebook focuses on making innovative and scalable networking technology by rethinking traditional approaches and designs and collaborating with research and open source communities to develop an ecosystem of open hardware and software. To foster further innovation in networking and to deepen our collaboration with academia, Facebook is pleased to invite faculty and graduate students to respond to this call for research proposals.

Deadline: April 30


AI Systems Hardware/Software Co-Design

Deep learning has been particularly amenable to simultaneous design and optimization of several aspects of the system, including hardware and software, to achieve a set target for a given system metric, such as throughput, latency, power, size, or their combination. Facebook AI teams have been using co-design to develop high-performance AI solutions for both existing as well as future AI hardware, and we are currently looking to further explore co-design opportunities across a number of new dimensions. Facebook is pleased to invite university faculty to respond to the new call for research proposals on AI System Hardware/Software Co-Design.

Deadline: April 30


Foundational Integrity Research: Misinformation and Polarization

In this request for proposals (RFP), Facebook is offering awards to researchers interested in exploring the societal issues of misinformation and polarization related to social communication technologies. The goal for these awards is to support the growth of the scientific community in these spaces and to contribute to a shared understanding across the broader industry on how social technology companies can better address social issues on their platforms. Research is not restricted to focusing on Facebook apps and technology.

Deadline: May 6


Economic Impact of Digital Technologies

Facebook is issuing a call for academic research proposals as part of its pledge to contribute $1 million to research that addresses the economic impact of digital technologies, including new tools that enable commercial opportunities. Topics of interest for this request for proposals (RFP) include, but are not limited to, measuring new types of economic impact — for example, assessing the implications of digital technologies for growth, resilience under challenging circumstances, inclusion of marginalized groups, efficiency of payment systems, or other business outcomes.

Deadline: May 20 


Explorations of Trust in AR, VR, and Smart Devices

Facebook is soliciting proposals to help accelerate research in these fields with the hope of helping to foster a world of trustworthy mixed-reality and smart device products. Facebook is interested in a broad range of topics relating to applications like AR glasses, VR headsets, other AR or VR form-factors, smart home products, and more. A total of up to four awards are available, up to $75,000 each.

Deadline: June 12


Do you have opportunities of interest to the UIDP community? Submit your request.

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