Facebook is inviting academic community to respond to their call for research proposal to better understand global illiteracy and accessibility issues. A grant award of up to $30,000 per proposal will be awarded to successful applicants.
Research awardees will be expected to contribute to the field of literacy and accessibility through qualitative or quantitative research, including, but not limited to:
- Novel, scalable methods on assessing individual or population literacy levels.
- Understanding the experiences and challenges associated with literacy issues, eg learning disabilities or barriers due to English as a second language.
- 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.
Representatives from each awarded project will be invited for a workshop with other participants in November to share preliminary results and also attend an evaluation meeting in January 2019, where opportunities for a second round of funding will be determined.
Awarded recipient will be listed on Facebook research website and will be encouraged to openly publish any findings from their work as well make any code available as open source
It is open to members of the academic community across the globe.
How to apply
Applicants should submit a two page proposal outlining their intended research nd budget overview of how the funding will be used. Additionally, applicants need to submit a research timeline with quarterly milestone.
Application deadline is July 25 2018.
For more information, visit Facebook Research Global Literacy & Accessibility Challenge.