University of Toronto
Facebook is deeply committed to honoring people’s privacy in our products, policies, and services. Since we serve a diverse global community of users, living up to this commitment necessitates understanding people’s unique privacy needs around the world. This initiative seeks to establish a practical and scalable understanding of how to honor people’s privacy with consideration to the different contexts in which people experience and/or use our products. As such, we want to empower academic experts to broaden and deepen our collective knowledge of global privacy expectations and experiences.
Last year, we launched a similar research award opportunity in this space and received 147 proposals from 34 countries and 120 universities — awarding five winners. We are keen to continue this support for academics from across the social sciences and technical disciplines, including but not limited to disciplines such as anthropology, communications, computer science, economics, engineering, human-computer interaction, human factors, political science, social psychology, and sociology. Most notably, applications that are interdisciplinary and seek collaboration across fields are particularly welcome. Applicants from diverse backgrounds and those with expertise in specific countries, cultures, or vulnerable populations, including those that have not previously been examined in relation to privacy, are especially encouraged to apply. Research methodologies that use qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, and/or mixed method approaches are all welcome.
We aspire to use this increased understanding, in addition to separate advances in privacy-enhancing technologies and building tools to enhance transparency in fairness and privacy, to develop privacy-first products, inform inclusive privacy policies, and advance internal privacy practices with our diverse user base at the core of our work.
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 pertaining to the aforementioned topics. We anticipate awarding a total of four to five awards, each in the $100,000 range. Payment will be made to the proposer’s host university as an unrestricted gift.
University of Toronto
Nanyang Technological University
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
American University, Washington, D.C.
University of Pennsylvania
Colorado School of Mines
Applications Are Currently CLosed
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
Improving understanding of users’ privacy attitudes, concerns, preferences, needs, behaviors, and outcomes
Novel assessments of digital transparency and control that are meaningful for diverse populations, context, and data types
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.
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.
Facebook’s decisions will be final in all matters relating to Facebook RFP solicitations, including whether or not to grant an award and the interpretation of Facebook RFP Terms and Conditions. By submitting a proposal, applicants affirm that they have read and agree to these Terms and Conditions.