2021 Networking request for proposals: Internet and web services

Funding Agency:

Facebook is one of the biggest internet content providers in the world. Every day, billions of people connect with each other through Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and many other Facebook products. Facebook’s success is built upon the internet and web services, which already has been one of the most critical infrastructures in the modern world.

To foster further innovation in internet and web services, and to deepen our collaboration with academia, Facebook is pleased to invite faculty to respond to this call for research proposals. We anticipate awarding up to six winners, each in the $50,000 range. Payment will be made to the proposer’s host university as an unrestricted gift.

Networking research has a wide range of topics. Each year, we focus on specific topics that can benefit the research community and Facebook, and topics may change from year to year. This year, we are soliciting proposals focusing on internet and web services. The example topics include the following:

  • Internet transport protocols (e.g., QUIC, HTTP/3)
  • Content delivery techniques (e.g., load balancing, telemetry)
  • Distributed caching
  • Edge computing services

Deadline: May 24, 2021

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Proposals must comply with applicable U.S. and international laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Applicants must be current full-time faculty at an accredited academic institution that awards research degrees to PhD students.
  • Applicants must be the Principal Investigator on any resulting award.
  • Facebook 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 Facebook in its sole discretion) are not eligible.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

May 24, 2021