University College London
We are at an exciting time in the history of the development of Software Testing and Verification (TAV). Research is increasingly impacting the Tech Sector, with many recent examples of breakthroughs, deployment and adoption. Facebook is playing its own role in the deployment and further development of TAV research with initiatives such as Infer, Sapienz, and Zoncolan, which are well known, but Tech Sector as a whole is also actively working on deployment and development of TAV research.
To recognize and further re-enforce this trend Facebook launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) in 2018. The call, for research in Software Testing and Verification, received 141 submissions and deployed approximately $250k in awards. The quality of submissions was very high, thereby encouraging and allowing us to extend the finding available for this year’s RFP.
To foster further innovation in these topics, and to deepen our collaboration with academia, Facebook is pleased to invite faculty and graduate students to respond to this call for research proposals pertaining to the aforementioned topics. We anticipate awarding a total of up to 10 awards, each of up to $50,000. Payment will be made to the proposer’s host university as an unrestricted gift.
University College London
University of Minnesota
University of Salerno
University of Passau
University of Sheffield
Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
University of Luxembourg
University of Edinburgh
State University of New York — University at Buffalo
Applications Are Currently CLosed
Notifications will be sent by email to selected applicants by September 30th, 2019.
We are interested in proposals that tackle any topics on testing and verification that have potential to have profound impact on the tech sector, based on advances on the theory and practice of testing and verification. In particular, we welcome proposals that tackle the following:
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 Facebook 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%.
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.