Research Proposals: 2021 Statistics for Improving Insights, Models, and Decisions

Faculty to submit research proposals on the topic stated above (Statistics for Improving Insights, Models, and Decisions 2021) organized by Facebook.

The Facebook 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 them make the best decisions for the community, products, and infrastructure.

At their just-concluded virtual Web Conference in April 2021, Facebook decided to continue their success from the 2020 Statistics for Improving Insights and Decisions research awards to foster further innovation in this area and to deepen their collaborations with academia.

The research Proposals should be in one of the following areas

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


  • A total sum of $50,000 awarded to each winning team

However, the Principal Investigator (PI) 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 the public content on social media.


To be eligible for this grant call for proposals, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • They (Applicants) must be the Principal Investigator on any resulting award.
  • The 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.
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Submission Process

  • Curriculum Vitae for all project participants.
  • A summary of the project (1-2 pages), in English, 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.

To apply, click here.

Deadline: June 30, 2021.

For more information, visit the official site.

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