Statistics for Improving Insights, Models, and Decisions request for proposals

Funding Agency:

At Facebook, our research teams strive to improve decision making for a business that touches the lives of billions of people across the globe. Making advances in data science methodologies helps us make the best decisions for our community, products, and infrastructure.

This year at the virtual Web Conference, we are continuing our success from the 2020 Statistics for Improving Insights and Decisions research awards to foster further innovation in this area and to deepen our collaborations with academia. Facebook is pleased to invite faculty to respond to this call for research proposals pertaining to the below topics. We anticipate awarding a total of five awards, each in the $50,000 range. Payment will be made to the proposer’s host university as an unrestricted gift. In addition, PIs and Co-PIs on the winning proposals will be automatically granted access to CrowdTangle, a public insights tool from Facebook that makes it easy to follow, analyze, and report on what’s happening with public content on social media. Learn more about CrowdTangle here.

Deadline: June 30, 2021

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

The following are some specific examples of topics that are important to Facebook, but we will gladly review proposals for areas that are not listed below.

  • Learning and evaluation under uncertainty.
  • Statistical models of complex social processes
  • Causal inference with observational data
  •  Algorithmic Auditing
  • Performance Regression Detection and Attribution
  •  Forecasting for Aggregated Time Series
  • Privacy-aware statistics for noisy, distributed data sets

Eligibility Requirements

  • Proposals must comply with applicable US 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

June 30, 2021