Computer Vision for Global Challenges 2019 by Facebook Research [Prize Worth upto Rs. 28L]: Apply by April 29: Expired

Facebook is calling for proposals on ‘Computer Vision for Global Challenges 2019’ for pilot and early-stage research that extends computer vision technologies in developing countries. Apply by April 29.
Computer vision applications

About:

Facebook specifically seeks 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.

Research Themes:

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.
Eligibility:

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. We encourage emerging scholars to apply.
Additional provisions are listed below.

  • Awards must comply with the applicable US and international laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Applicants must be the Principal Investigator on any resulting award.
  • Applicants may submit one proposal per solicitation.
  • Organizations must be a nonprofit or non-governmental organization with recognized legal status in their respective country (equal to 501(c)(3) status under the United States Internal Revenue Code).
Proposal Details:

The proposals should include-

  • 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.
Prize:

Awards will be made in amounts ranging from Rs. 14L ($20,000) to Rs. 28L ($40,000) for projects up to 6 months in duration.
Applicants requesting higher budget amounts, however, will need to demonstrate more robust research designs, novelty and potential to achieve impact.
Click here to apply.

Contact:

Andrew Westbury
Email: awestbury[at]fb.com.

For detailed information, click here.

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