Meta, formerly known as Facebook, announces the launch of its new Mephisto Dataset Collection Tool. The newly launched tool named Mephisto is used to standardize and codify best practices and infrastructure for collecting and annotating research data.
The tool is capable of providing a straightforward way to open source and share Meta’s methods. Over time, Meta has worked towards stabilizing the platform to make it more reliable.
Meta is now accepting applications from University faculties related to Mephisto. Researchers need to submit their research papers to Meta for applying to this program.
However, it is mandatory for applicants to disclose present or previous partnerships with Meta researchers related to the request for proposal before applying.
The prize pool ranges from $25,000 to $37,500, in which four awards will be presented. The prizes include the overhead of up to 40% of project costs, and the funds will be distributed to RFP winners under the conditions of a Sponsored Research Agreement (SRA) that includes open scientific provisions.
Meta encourages researchers from multiple diverse fields and skill sets to participate in this program. Applicants must be full-time faculty members at an accredited academic institution that provides Ph.D. students with research degrees. Government officials excluding faculties of public universities will not be able to participate in Meta’s new program.
Interested applicants must submit the following documents to apply for this program –
- A project summary in English that explains the target dataset and its importance to their research area.
- A draft budget description that includes an estimate of the award’s cost and an explanation of how they plan to utilize the funds.
- Applicants must submit their Curriculum Vitae.
- Details about the organization, including tax and administrative contact information.
The application process has already started, and Meta will stop accepting applications after 23rd March at 11:59 PM PT. Interested candidates can submit their application forms from the official website of Meta.