2022 Systems Research Request for Proposals

Funding Agency:

Every day, billions of people connect with each other through Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and many other Meta products. Our Core Systems researchers and engineers design, build, and deploy the foundation of Meta’s private cloud that powers Meta’s infrastructure and meets our business needs.

We strive to build strong collaboration with experts in academia to tackle some of the most challenging problems. While all proposals are welcome, we are especially interested in those addressing fundamental challenges that arise in distributed systems operating at a large scale. Besides the general area of distributed systems, there are three areas that we are particularly interested in partnering with academia to solve:

  1. Infrastructure control planes: How can we efficiently manage, co-locate, and provide predictable performance for thousands of services running across a global data center footprint?
  2. Service abstractions and efficiency: How can we more effectively define the service abstraction to better virtualize physical infrastructure for thousands of interdependent services?
  3. Global service management: How can we provide service operators better flexibility and stronger guarantees in managing geo-distributed global services on issues such as dependencies, SLOs, load balance, and service placement?

To foster further innovation in these fundamental distributed system challenges, and to deepen our collaboration with academia, Meta is pleased to invite faculty to respond to this call for research proposals. We anticipate awarding up to six research awards, each in the $50,000 range. Payment will be made to the proposer's host university as an unrestricted gift.

Deadline: June 6, 2022

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Areas of Interest



Eligibility Requirements

  • The proposal 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.
  • Only one proposal per Principal Investigator can be submitted but they can be listed as a Co-Principal Investigator on another submission.
  • 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.



Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 6, 2022