Commitment to Privacy and Trust in Internet of Things Security (ComPaTrIoTS) Research Hub

If you are planning to apply, please email your intention to submit to digitaleconomy@epsrc.ac.uk, stating the provisional investigators, institutions and user organisations involved in your proposed bid, by 17:00 Monday 20 July.

The Research Councils UK Digital Economy (RCUK DE) Theme, working in close partnership with Innovate UK, the Digital and Future Cities Catapults, NHS England, and with support from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ), Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), is seeking to make a step-change in the broad research areas of cyber security, designing in trust, privacy, security and resilience associated with the Internet of Things (IoT). This is part of an integrated £40M endeavour, stretching from the research base towards feasibility and market, to build on UK strengths in technology, security and design and to accelerate the UK lead in the IoT. Lloyd's Register Foundation also has interest in this field and the Research Hub appointed through this call will be invited to explore opportunities to collaborate with the Foundation.

This call aims to invest up to £9.8M over three years to support a small number of leading UK universities working coherently together as a single internationally recognised "Research Hub", across the relevant disciplines, carrying out inter-related and interdisciplinary research. The research focus will be on the challenges associated with privacy, security and trust in the IoT, including the various interactions, policy and governance, beliefs and behaviours between people and the IoT systems. There is an expectation of anticipated matched funding over the lifetime of the hub, cash and in kind, from the host universities and partners.

Please note that it is anticipated the Research Hub will be announced and should be ready to start activities during January 2016.

The constituent universities in the Research Hub consortia will work in partnership in an integrated manner, across the relevant disciplines, addressing the research challenges in a coordinated way. They will harness and build on existing multi/interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, and also address intellectually inspiring and user-led challenges arising from the demonstrators and accelerator supported by the associated funding from the other partners in this overall activity. The universities will collectively form a "Research Hub" of a sufficient scope and size to achieve critical mass; that is, it will attract additional support from partners and the host universities. The Hub will also interact strongly with the demonstrators, accelerator and IoTUK Central (run by the Digital and Future Cities Catapults with responsibility for ecosystem development coordination for the IoT in the UK), to help develop committed routes for exploitation as well as grow the pool of trained interdisciplinary researchers.

Ultimately, as well as the economic benefits of leading a major new technology application, UK progress on the IoT will deliver life-changing improvements for citizens and cost and efficiency savings, particularly in the NHS, transportation systems, and UK cities, if designed in a user-focussed and people-centric way. The creation of real usable knowledge and impact (be it economic, societal or cultural) will help to cement the UK's position as a world leader in this area.