[ Facebook Research - Role of Applied Cryptography in a Privacy-Focused Advertising Ecosystem | Research Funding ]

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Date and time 20.02.2020  
Category Call for proposal
Aim: Facebook is increasingly focused on the design of products and services in ways that preserve privacy while still making powerful statistical inferences from data. With advancements in cryptography and computation, they seek to enable equivalent (and unlock new) functionality while maintaining or enhancing technical guarantees of user-level privacy.

Advancements in the field would facilitate collaborations between industry and academic partners without the risk of private data being learned by the other parties. They would also facilitate learning patterns and trends that can be used to benefit the broader population while still keeping information private for each consumer. Facebook is pleased to invite the academic community to submit research proposals that address these opportunities.

Researchers may submit proposals for privacy-enhancing solutions to multiparty statistical analyses and machine learning problems within advertising. There exists substantial latent demand to facilitate collaborations and to enrich insights while protecting consumer privacy across a wide range of practical circumstances. Proposals of diverse perspectives from emerging scholars and researchers around the world studying real-world applications of cryptography and other privacy technologies are all encouraged.

Funding:         USD $60’000

Duration:        1 year

Eligibility:  Applicants must be current full-time faculty at an accredited academic institution that awards research degrees to PhD students, and they must be the Principal Investigator on any resulting award. Awards must comply with applicable U.S. and international laws, regulations, and policies.

How to Apply: Applicants should submit a project summary detailing what contribution their research is expected to make, how the research domain will benefit from the work, and a project timeline. In addition, a CV and one-page biography for each involved researcher, a list of keywords, and organizational details should be included. For any assistance on the organizational details or tax information, please contact the Research Office. Budgets should be formulated to include 5% overhead, the maximum allowed in the program guidelines.

Deadline: 20 February 2020 (5:00 pm AOE)

Further information
  • More details on the call and a list of example topics can be found on the RFP website.
  • For any other questions, contact the Research Office.

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