Over the past few years, Meta has worked with various university faculty members on topics related to AI System Hardware/Software Codesign. In the past few years, we have received up to 100 research proposal submissions each year, many of which provided promising research directions. We were honored to be able to support and award several of those proposals. These winners were invited to our annual AI Systems Faculty Summit at either the Meta Menlo Park headquarters or as a virtual event.
This year, Meta is pleased to invite university faculty to respond to this new call for research proposals on AI System Hardware/Software Codesign. 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. Meta AI teams have been using codesign to develop high-performance AI solutions for both existing as well as future AI hardware, and we are currently looking to further explore codesign opportunities across a number of new dimensions.
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 aforementioned topics. We anticipate being able to support several awards, each at $50,000. Payment will be made to the proposer's host university as an unrestricted gift.
University of Virginia
University of California, Berkeley
Georgia Tech University
University of California, Merced
Carnegie Mellon University
Indiana University Bloomington
University of California, Santa Barbara
Applications Are Currently CLosed
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following.
1. Recommendation models
2. Hardware/software co-design for deep learning
3. Distributed training
4. Performance, programmability, and efficiency at data center scale
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.