Every day, billions of people connect through Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and many other Meta products. Network infrastructure plays a critical role in our business's stability and scalability. Given the recent advances in AI computing, Network infrastructure should adapt to meet the ever-changing needs of this new computing paradigm.
In recent years, the Network Infrastructure Engineering team has increasingly invested in new technologies to facilitate our next generation of AI applications. In particular, we share an overview of our activities in this blog post.
Therefore, to foster further innovation in the area and deepen our collaboration with academia, Meta is pleased to invite faculty to respond to this call for research proposals about the aforementioned topics. We anticipate awarding up to six awards, each in the $50,000 range. Payment will be made to the proposer's host university as an unrestricted gift.
University College London
University of Michigan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Applications Are Currently CLosed
Networking research has a wide range of topics. Each year, we focus on specific topics that can benefit the research community and Meta, and topics may change from year to year. This year, we are soliciting proposals that focus on networking for AI. The example topics include the following:
1. Hardware computational offloading for AI workload: Offloading and accelerating AI compute and inference through programmable switches, smart NIC, and other novel hardware/software co-design techniques at the network layer.
2. End-to-end novel transport designs for distributed AI training: Tackling transport layer challenges for computational fabrics using very high-bandwidth and low-latency interconnects.
3. Scheduling, resource allocation, communication collectives and network joint optimization: AI workload and network joint optimization for resource allocation and dynamic scheduling.
4. New network interconnect architectures for AI training and inference: Include any new data center topologies or interconnects to address scalability and very high bandwidth requirements that are introduced by AI workload (Terabits per accelerator).
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 Meta 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%.
Co-PIs are welcome! 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.
Absolutely. We welcome submissions from collaborators/co-PIs at the same or different institutions. (See FAQ above for co-PI submission form instructions.) Please note, payment will be made to the primary PI’s host institution. It can be further disbursed by that institution.
As mentioned above, we welcome submissions from multiple co-PIs from the same or different institutions on a single proposal. All names and institutions will be named as part of the award communication on the Meta Research website; however, the full amount of the award payment will be made to the primary PI’s host institution and can be further disbursed by that institution.
Meta’s decisions will be final in all matters relating to Meta RFP solicitations, including whether or not to grant an award and the interpretation of Meta RFP Terms and Conditions. By submitting a proposal, applicants affirm that they have read and agree to these Terms and Conditions.