Invitations typically address specific research challenges that we have identified as important to this mission. These vary in nature, and we may solicit proposals from individual researchers addressing a well-defined problem or may require multiple university departments to collaborate, leveraging a diverse set of skills to solve a more complex, multi-disciplinary challenge.
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Money for salary/headcount can be included in a proposal. It’s up to the reviewing team here at Meta to determine if the percentage of spend is reasonable and how that relates to their decision to award.
Most RFP awards are unrestricted gifts. Due to this, salary/headcount can be included as part of the budget presented for the RFP. Since the award/gift is paid to the university, the institution will be responsible for allocating the funds to the winning project and have the freedom to use the funds as they determine.
While we are flexible, our request is that proposals be submitted single-spaced, using Times New Roman, 12 pt font.
Research awards are given year-round and funding years/duration 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:
Overhead for research gifts is limited to 5%.
Co-PIs are welcome! One person will need to be identified as the primary principal investigator (i.e., the submitter who 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 at the same or different institutions. Note: payment will be made to the primary PI’s host institution and can be further disbursed by that institution.
We welcome submissions from multiple co-PIs from the same or different institutions on a single proposal. All collaborators 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.
RFP winners that are awarded as gifts will be provided a standard Meta-branded gift letter requiring signature from an authorized university representative to initiate the payment process. University representatives, administrators, or other partners with an interest in the specific terms can review them below. The gift letter contains standard terms and conditions included in all Meta gift letters with academics, such as:
— The gift is inclusive of all fees and charges that may apply
— The management and expenditure practices and any assessment applied to the gift shall be done in accordance with university policies and procedures
— Meta will have no control or influence over the independent conduct of any studies or research performed using the gift, or over the dissemination of research findings
— All intellectual property or data resulting from the use of the gift will be retained by university/institution and university/institution may publicly disclose the results of research supported by the gift in academic publications, presentations, grant/funding applications, etc.
— The university/institution confirms that its acceptance and use of the gift:
— Both parties shall agree in advance on the content of any public announcement or posting relating to the gift and written consent must be obtained to use either parties’ name, trademark, or logo in any such public announcement or post
— Meta may include a factual statement about the gift in its public reports or blog posts on the research.facebook.com website without prior notice to or consent from the university/institution
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