Scheme to Recognise Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACEs-CSR) (2019)

UK Government and its delivery partners are continuing their joint work to enhance the UK's academic capability in all fields of cyber security. As part of that work, EPSRC and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are leading on a scheme to recognise UK Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACEs-CSR).

This is the sixth call for UK Higher Education Institutions to submit applications to be considered for ACE-CSR recognition.

Recognition as an ACE-CSR is at the HEI/university level. We are looking for institutions whose cyber security research is of internationally notable scale, quality and impact.

Background

Cyber security

The UK Government aims to ensure that the UK, its people and its businesses are secure, confident, agile and prosperous in cyberspace, and equipped with the knowledge and capabilities needed to maximise the opportunities and balance the risks of the digital era. Cyber attacks continue to create a Tier 1 risk as judged in the National Security Risk Assessment of 2015 (PDF) while the cyber-related aspects of many other risks highlighted in that document continue to be of great concern.

Research and innovation carried out by the UK's thriving academic and business sectors underpins our world-leading cyber security capability. The ACE-CSR scheme continues to be a key part of Government's approach to maintaining and enhancing the UK's reputation as a global leader in cyber security research.