This application cycle is now closed, and we will accept no further applications or any edits to existing applications. The next round will open around August 1st, 2017 with a deadline of September 1st, 2017. We will respond to applications by May 1st. Thank you for your participation!
Mozilla seeks applications for research funding to support its mission: to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all. In particular, for the 2017H1 funding cycle, we are looking for research projects that prototype, explore and characterize the future: we're looking to support research would benefit a free and open internet. These grants may include topics both inside and outside of Mozilla’s core focus on Firefox, as well as topics that fit more broadly with our vision for improving the web.
Our key objective is identifying research projects in line with our mission. Areas we have funded in the past include networking, security, compilers, software verification, software power management, and developer tools. Other areas we are interested in supporting include virtual, mixed and augmented reality, machine learning, home networking and router use, studying internet health, developing open data resources, decentralized technologies, improving web anonymity, and exploring approaches to diversity in open source. These lists are by no means exhaustive: we are open to other proposals as long as they support our mission.
Your first step should be to read through this whole submission form, well in advance, so you know what you're going to need to do. We expect you to put together a clear, coherent expression of your problem, the approach you're taking to solve that problem, and the solution you hope to achieve. What's the minimum level of success you're hoping to achieve, what's the best case -- and how will you know how successful you are? Make sure that someone who isn't an expert in your field can understand your project, and make sure that someone who is an expert in your field can understand what you're doing that's new.
You should make sure that you explicitly cover these criteria: viability, utility, alignment, value, originality and diversity.
viability: how likely is it that you will be able to execute on what you plan?
utility: is this project worth doing?
alignment: how well is this project aligned with Mozilla’s mission? Does it help Mozilla accomplish the mission?
value: is this project is good value for money?
originality: how original, novel or unique is this proposal?
diversity: how much diversity does Mozilla gain from this proposal? How many new people will be exposed to Mozilla's ideas, and what new ways of thinking will we gain?
We encourage but don't require you to have a Mozilla employee as a sponsor, and have them include a paragraph in support of your proposal. We recommend you have them read through your proposal before you submit, and incorporate any feedback they might have.
Applications must be affiliated with a university or research institute. You must include a plan for disseminating the results, which would normally include publication in a peer-reviewed and open-access venue, and we encourage you to make those publications, results, code, and/or data publicly accessible. We particularly encourage you to further publish your work in a format accessible to the public, like blog posts or articles in the popular press. We will pay open-access fees for not-for-profit publishers included in your budget.
University-affiliated applicants can be students or faculty; students will require a letter from their advisor. Funding amounts may vary from $1000 to $100,000. We expect the timescale for most projects, not counting final publications, will not exceed one year. As part of our commitment to diversity, we will fund childcare up to 10% of a grant with a cap of $6000. We particularly encourage applications from new faculty in their first or second years. Funding is given as an unrestricted gift to the institution. Please make sure you've read the FAQ before you start writing your application.
The submission deadline is March 1st, 2017 at midnight PST. If you miss this deadline, the next one is September 1st. We will provide feedback and begin organizing payment by May 1st at the latest. When you're ready to begin, hit the big Start button at the top right.