Facebook is calling for proposals for pilot and early-stage research that extends computer vision technologies in developing countries. We specifically seek projects that address the technical challenges impeding computer vision in these contexts, including data and hardware limitations and better integration of new information sources, such as high-resolution satellite imagery. Competitive applications will similarly leverage computer vision to achieve global development priorities, especially those captured in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Illustrative computer vision applications for delivering this type of social impact include (but are not limited to) the following:
Agricultural extension: better informing smallholders about crop health, pest control, livestock illnesses, or soil fertility.
Health services: improving diagnosis, dietary, water or sanitation assessments.
Education quality: tools to enhance access to information without requiring high levels of literacy or language skills.
Infrastructure and sustainable industry: improving factory machinery or training to increase safety, jobs or output. Transportation innovations for environmental and human benefit.
Disaster relief and climate action: visual information for first responders to fires, floods or other natural disasters. Technologies to manage or mitigate environmental change.
Facebook aims to support projects that align with our mission, past research, open source tools and state-of-the-art algorithms.
Awards will be made in amounts ranging from $20,000 to $40,000 for projects up to 6 months in duration. Our goal is to support the implementation of computer vision applications, which require further testing, pilot data and/or partnership development. Applicants requesting higher budget amounts, however, will need to demonstrate more robust research designs, novelty and potential to achieve impact. No Facebook data will be provided to award recipients.
Proposal should include the following:
A summary of the project (1-2 pages) explaining the area of focus, conceptual and methodological distinction between the pilot study and any future follow-on studies, a description of techniques, the research’s applicability to Facebook, a timeline with milestones and expected outcomes.
A budget description (1 page) including an approximate cost of the award and explanation of how funds would be spent.
Curriculum Vitae for all key project participants.
Organization details; this will include tax information and administrative contact details.
This opportunity is open to applicants worldwide from academic and/or research institutions that are eligible for research funding. This includes individual researchers addressing a well-defined problem, or multiple university departments. Emerging scholars are encouraged to apply.
Deadline is April 29, 2019
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