Facebook Research - 2020 Networking request for proposals

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Submission deadline:

Submission deadline: 20 April 2020

Networking is fundamental to the large-scale, distributed systems that power the family of Facebook applications that are used by billions of people. At Facebook, the focus is on making innovative and scalable networking technology by rethinking traditional approaches and designs and collaborating with research and open source communities to develop an ecosystem of open hardware and software.

Facebook is pleased to invite faculty and graduate students to respond to this call for research proposals pertaining to the topics below:

  • Host Networking: Innovation of host networking stack, such as NIC architectures, rate limiting, multi-tenant applications, low-latency/high-performance applications, and congestion control.
  • Transport Security: Scaling encryption for very large quantities of data, formal verification of TLS, transparent encryption, and enforcement of encryption policies.

Facebook anticipates awarding a total of three-six awards, each in the $50,000 range. Payment will be made to the proposer’s host university as an unrestricted gift.

The proposals will be evaluated by our engineer team members working on related topics based on novelty, feasibility, and applicability to Facebook’s production networks and they should include: 

  • A summary of the project (1-2 pages) explaining the area of focus, a description of techniques, any relevant prior work, how the broader research community will benefit from the work, and a timeline with milestones and expected outcomes.
  • A draft budget (1 page) including an approximate cost of the award and explanation of how funds would be spent.
  • Curriculum Vitae for all project participants.
  • Organization details including tax information and administrative contact details.
  • Keyword: Select the primary research area “Hosting Networking” or “Transport Security” that is more relevant for your proposal. This will assist in the appropriate assignment of reviewers.


  • Awards must comply with applicable U.S. and international laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Applicants must be a 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.
  • Applicants may submit individually or in teams. However, each applicant may only submit one proposal per solicitation.
  • Applicants and all individuals involved in the preparation of the proposal or use of any resulting award must reside in the Territory.


For  further information please read the official Call website or contact Ms. Janice Casarella