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Faculty for Research Related to Artificial Intelligence

Network for AI Grant

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Deadline Date:

05/23/22 5:00 PM AOE (Anywhere on Earth)

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International full-time faculty affiliated with academic institutions for research related to Artificial Intelligence. Funding is intended for innovations that improve the efficiency and performance of network infrastructures.

Networking research has a wide range of topics. Each year, Meta focuses on specific topics that can benefit the research community and Meta, and topics may change from year to year. This year, Meta is soliciting proposals that focus on networking for AI. The example topics include the following:

  1. Hardware computational offloading for AI workload: Offloading and accelerating AI compute and inference through programmable switches, smart NIC, and other novel hardware/software co-design techniques at the network layer.
  2. End-to-end novel transport designs for distributed AI training: Tackling transport layer challenges for computational fabrics using very high-bandwidth and low-latency interconnects.
  3. Scheduling, resource allocation, communication collectives and network joint optimization: AI workload and network joint optimization for resource allocation and dynamic scheduling.
  4. New network interconnect architectures for AI training and inference: Include any new data center topologies or interconnects to address scalability and very high bandwidth requirements that are introduced by AI workload (Terabits per accelerator).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202819

Number of Grants:

Up to 6 awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each award will be in the $50,000 range.
Award recipients will be listed on the Meta Research website and will also be invited to a Networking and Communications Faculty Summit to discuss their findings and insights.

Term of Contract:

Funding years/duration can vary by proposal.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must be 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. Meta cannot consider proposals submitted, prepared, or to be carried out by individuals residing in or affiliated with an academic institution located in a country or territory subject to comprehensive U.S. trade sanctions.
- The proposal must comply with applicable U.S. and international laws, regulations, and policies.
- Government officials (excluding faculty and staff of public universities, to the extent they may be considered government officials), political figures, and politically affiliated businesses (all as determined by Meta in its sole discretion) are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timeline
- Applications open: April 5, 2022
- Deadline: May 23, 2022 at 5:00 pm AOE (Anywhere on Earth)
- Winners announced: August 2022

Funding for winning RFP proposals will be provided to the academic institution with which the primary investigator/applicant is affiliated pursuant to a gift or other funding model as specified in the RFP call. Applicants understand and acknowledge that their affiliated academic institution will need to agree to the terms and conditions of such gift or other agreement to receive funding.

Press Release: https://research.facebook.com/blog/2022/4/meta-launches-new-research-award-opportunity-in-networking-for-ai-at-nsdi-2022/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application: https://www.facebook.com/research-operations/rfp/?title=2022-Networking-Request-for-Proposals-Network-for-AI

For additional questions related to this RFP, please email academicrelations@fb.com.

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