Facebook: Seeking Proposals for Global Literacy & Accessibility Challenge Grants

Deadline: 25 July 2018

In order to better understand and address global literacy and accessibility issues, Facebook is currently inviting the academic community to respond to a call for research proposals in the field of literacy and accessibility.

Grants will be awarded for both qualitative and quantitative research proposals including, but not limited to:

  • Novel, scalable methods on accessing individual or population literacy levels.
  • Understanding the experiences and challenges associated with literacy issues.
  • Understanding the social, structural, and technology issues that prevent people from improving literacy skills.
  • Understanding the impact of literacy skills on individuals and society.
  • Digital, social technologies used to improve literacy level, especially, closing the gender gap in literacy rate.
  • Design and development of technologies to elevate the literacy barrier, preferably with a focus on social and AI technologies.

Funding Information

  • Awards will be made up to $30K USD per proposal for projects up to one year in duration beginning August 2018.
  • Representatives from each awarded project will be invited to a workshop with other participants in November 2018 to share preliminary results, and are expected to attend an evaluation meeting in late January 2019. Opportunities for a second round of funding will be determined at the January meeting. Travel costs to Menlo Park CA, USA should be included in the proposed budget. Award recipients will be listed on the Facebook Research website and will be encouraged to openly publish any findings from their work as well as make any code available as open source.

How to Apply

  • Proposals should include:
    • A summary of the project (1-2 pages) explaining the area of focus, a description of techniques, any relevant prior work, and a timeline with milestones and expected outcomes.
    • A draft budget description (1 page) including an approximate cost of the award and explanation of how funds would be spent
    • Curriculum Vitae for all project participants.
  • Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Facebook.

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