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2022 Towards Trustworthy Products in AR, VR, and Smart Devices request for proposals


We believe in trust and trustworthiness as suitable terms for encompassing security, privacy, and integrity into the products and platforms we build. More and more unique products, use cases, and devices are coming to bear in this new space. It follows that with an entirely new category of technologies come entirely new possibilities and models for considering trust.

Meta is soliciting proposals for a third year in a row to help accelerate research in these fields with the hope of helping to foster a world of trustworthy mixed-reality and smart device products. There are fairly robust research fields in traditional computing paradigms from cloud to mobile, and we hope to drive similar progress in the fields relating to AR, VR, and the metaverse.

To foster further innovation in this area, and to deepen our collaboration with academia, Meta is pleased to invite faculty to respond to this second call for research proposals that explore unique challenges, threats, attacks, mitigations, and other considerations in the burgeoning space of AR, VR, smart devices, and the metaverse. A total of eight to eleven awards are available this time, up to $75,000 each, depending on the specific requirements. Payment will be made to the proposer's host university as an unrestricted gift.

Award Recipients

University of Florida

Navid Asadi

North Carolina State University

Anupam Das

University of Michigan

Robert Dick

George Mason University

Bo Han

University of Glasgow

Mohamed Khamis

Fondation de l'Institut de recherche Idiap

Sébastien Marcel

Rochester Institute of Technology

Ivan De Oliveira Nunes

Stony Brook University

Amir Rahmati

University of Michigan

Alanson Sample

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Patrick Schaumont

University of Sydney

Kanchana Thilakarathna

Applications Are Currently CLosed

Application Timeline

Applications Open

April 6, 2022


May 11, 2022, at 5:00pm AOE (Anywhere on Earth)

Winners Announced

September 2022

Areas of Interest

We are interested in a broad range of topics relating to applications such as AR and wearables, VR products, other AR/VR form-factors, smart-device social products, consumer and enterprise use cases, and more. Examples might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Novel proposals in silicon, hardware, OS/platform, supply-chain, or anti-tamper in this space — whether they are threats, attacks, or mitigations
  • User-verifiable privacy controls or privacy-preserving techniques in the context of unique sensors, data, and use cases
  • Advancements in terms of identity, authentication, authorization, abuse-prevention, or biometrics, as they pertain to said devices and technologies
  • Security and privacy advancements in voice assistants, smart devices, smart home cameras, and so on
  • Novel security and privacy techniques for spatial mapping and localization, such as local attestation or point cloud geometry hashing
  • Any novel or new concepts in trustworthiness as applied to the AR/VR and smart devices space that warrant further exploration


Proposals should include

  • Summary of the project (one to two pages) explaining the area of focus, a description of techniques, any relevant prior work, and a timeline with milestones and expected outcomes
  • Draft budget description (one page) including an approximate cost of the award and explanation of how funds would be spent
  • Curriculum Vitae for all project participants
  • Organization details; this will include tax information and administrative contact details


  • Awards must comply with applicable U.S. and international laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Applicants must be current faculty at an accredited academic institution.
  • Applicants must be the Principal Investigator on any resulting award.
  • Organizations must be a nonprofit or non-governmental organization with recognized legal status in their respective country (equal to 501(c)(3) status under the United States Internal Revenue Code).
  • Meta cannot consider proposals submitted, prepared, or to be carried out by individuals residing in, or affiliated with, an academic institution located in a country or territory subject to comprehensive U.S. trade sanctions.
  • Government officials (excluding faculty and staff of public universities, to the extent they may be considered government officials), political figures, and politically affiliated businesses (all as determined by Meta in its sole discretion) are not eligible.

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Terms & Conditions

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.

  • Meta is authorized to evaluate proposals submitted under its RFPs, to consult with outside experts, as needed, in evaluating proposals, and to grant or deny awards using criteria determined by Meta to be appropriate and at Meta sole discretion. Meta’s decisions will be final in all matters relating to its RFPs, and applicants agree not to challenge any such decisions.
  • Meta will not be required to treat any part of a proposal as confidential or protected by copyright, and may use, edit, modify, copy, reproduce and distribute all or a portion of the proposal in any manner for the sole purposes of administering the Meta RFP website and evaluating the contents of the proposal.
  • Personal data submitted with a proposal, including name, mailing address, phone number, and email address of the applicant and other named researchers in the proposal may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used by Meta for the purposes of administering Meta’s RFP website, evaluating the contents of the proposal, and as otherwise provided under Meta’s Privacy Policy.
  • Neither Meta nor the applicant is obligated to enter into a business transaction as a result of the proposal submission. Meta is under no obligation to review or consider the proposal.
  • Feedback provided in a proposal regarding Meta products or services will not be treated as confidential or protected by copyright, and Meta is free to use such feedback on an unrestricted basis with no compensation to the applicant. The submission of a proposal will not result in the transfer of ownership of any IP rights.
  • Applicants represent and warrant that they have authority to submit a proposal in connection with a Meta RFP and to grant the rights set forth herein on behalf of their organization. All awards provided by Meta in connection with this RFP shall be used only in accordance with applicable laws and shall not be used in any way, directly or indirectly, to facilitate any act that would constitute bribery or an illegal kickback, an illegal campaign contribution, or would otherwise violate any applicable anti-corruption or political activities law.
  • Funding for winning-RFP proposals will be provided to the academic institution with which the primary investigator/applicant is affiliated pursuant to a gift or other funding model as specified in the RFP call. Applicants understand and acknowledge that their affiliated academic institution will need to agree to the terms and conditions of such gift or other agreement to receive funding.
  • Applicants acknowledge and agree that by submitting an application they are consenting to their name, university / organization’s name and proposal title being made public on Meta’s blog on the website if they are chosen as an RFP winner or finalist. If an applicant is selected as a winner or finalist, they will then have the opportunity to provide written notification that they do not consent to the blog inclusion.