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Facebook's Digital Citizenship Research Grants

Monday Sep 12, 2011

Full announcment is here:

Due date is 9/13/11 by 2 am Central Time.

Proposals should be emailed to in PDF format.

Facebook’s mission is to make the world more open and connected. At the heart of this mission is the belief that an increasingly social world can have a profoundly positive impact on people’s lives – changing the way we share, discover, and learn.


Facebook’s Digital Citizenship Research Grants is a new effort to support world-class research that improves understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with how kids are growing up in a world of media and technology.


As part of this initiative, Facebook will invest $200,000 to support research that highlights trends associated with Digital Citizenship, broadly, with an initial focus on bullying prevention. This research grant is open to academic and nonprofit institutions.



The following are areas of particular interest as well as general selection criteria.

  • Online and offline bullying trends.
  • Bullying prevention strategies.
  • The role of parents and educators in developing solutions.
  • Messages and outreach strategies to kids to address bullying.


  • Funding $200,000 in total funding for relevant research.
  • Judging Facebook will work with its Safety Advisory Board – made up of external safety and children’s advocates – to award the grants.
  • Eligibility Full or part-time faculty members from universities worldwide and nonprofit organization employees may submit proposals describing the research they wish to pursue.
  • Timing (subject to change)Submission deadline is Monday, September 12, 2011 at midnight PT with final awardees announced by Monday, October 31, 2011.


To apply for a Facebook Digital Citizenship Research Grant, applicants should use the following guidelines for proposal submission:


Eligibility: Full or part-time faculty members from universities worldwide and nonprofit organization employees may submit proposals describing the research they wish to pursue.


Deadlines: Research proposals are due by Monday, September 12, 2011 at midnight PT. We will notify final awardees by Monday, October 31, 2011.


Submission: Proposals must be submitted in PDF format via email to


Proposal Format:

Overview (maximum one page)

  • Proposal Title
  • Summary of research and publicity plan
  • Principal researcher – full name, contact info, affiliation (university or nonprofit)

Proposal (maximum two pages)

  • Abstract
  • Research goals, including a problem statement
  • Description of the work you’d like to do and the expected outcomes and results
  • How this research relates to prior work in your area or your organization’s mission.
  • DO NOT include confidential or proprietary information

Budget (maximum one page)

  • The amount requested should be between $25-$50K
  • The budget section should provide a breakdown across major line items of research
  • Resumes/CVs of principal researchers
  • Initial ideas for sharing/publicizing research results

Decision Criteria: Our goal is to identify and support research that will advance understanding of issues related to raising kids in the digital age. To identify research award recipients, we will consult with our external Safety Advisory Board – made up of experts and advocates in the safety arena. General selection criteria includes:

  • Focus on issues related to kids and the impact of digital and social media
  • Global application
  • Novelty of research topic (we want new insights)
  • Your previous track record of conducting world-class research
  • Focused goals/objectives
  • Extent to which the research is open sourced and shared broadly


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