University of Michigan
Over the past few years, we’ve established research award opportunities to support privacy-focused projects in academia. Most recently, our 2021 Privacy Enhancing Technologies request for proposals was met with great interest and we were pleased to award ten excellent projects. We will continue this momentum and refine our topics of interest under the Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) area for 2022.
By integrating Privacy Enhancing Technologies into our products, we are building trustworthy experiences that billions of people use worldwide. Our primary goal is to help design and deploy new privacy enhancing solutions that minimize the data we collect, process, and externally share, while supporting business and delighting consumers across the Meta family of products. As we continue making strides in Privacy Enhancing Technologies at Meta, one of the key elements is learning from outside experts.
To foster further innovation in this area, and to deepen our collaboration with academia, Meta is pleased to invite faculty to respond to this call for research proposals pertaining to the areas of interest highlighted below. We anticipate awarding eight to ten awards, each in the $80,000–100,000 range. Payment will be made to the proposer's host university as an unrestricted gift.
University of Michigan
University of Waterloo
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Florida
University of Colorado Denver
University of Toronto
French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation
Carnegie Mellon University
CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
University of Chicago
Applications Are Currently CLosed
1. Privacy preserving analytics
2. Private record linkage and aggregation
3. Privacy preserving machine learning
4. Privacy of messaging
5. Anonymous credentials
6. Privacy preserving techniques in Data for Good
7. Privacy in Metaverse
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.
Generally, RFP winners that are awarded as gifts will be provided a standard Meta-branded gift letter requiring signature from an authorized university representative in order to initiate the payment process. University representatives, administrators, or other partners with an interest in the specific terms can review below. The gift letter contains standard terms and conditions included in all Meta gift letters with academics, such as:
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.