Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub - Call

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) invites outline proposals for a coordination Hub for the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems programme. Up to £11.7 million (at 80% fEC please see here) is available to support one Hub for up to four years, starting from 1 June 2020.

Please note that this is a cross-UKRI programme and it is expected that applications will be multidisciplinary, led by and involving any discipline from across UKRI portfolio.

A two-stage application process will be used in this call. The first stage requires the applicants to submit an outline proposal (please see call document for details), which will be assessed by an external panel with the necessary expertise. The deadline for Hub outline proposals is 16:00 on 12 December 2019. All submissions must be done via Je-S.

Successful outline applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, and this will be assessed by postal peer review and at an interview stage. The full proposal document and further guidance will be made available on this call page.

UKRI is holding a one-day Town Hall meeting on 18 October 2019 to discuss the details of the activity, explain the planned approach to investment and bring together stakeholders from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds to build new connections and generate new ideas. Attendance to the Town Hall meeting is not a prerequisite to apply for funding, nor will attendance guarantee subsequent funding.

Update 29 October 2019: following from the Town Hall meeting, the following documents have been added: Presentation Slides, Nodes Brief and Summary of Discussions

Update 2nd December 2019: following from the webinar held on 20 November 2019 following changes have been made: the FAQ document has been updated, the slides used at the webinar have been added.

Please note that the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems programme will be delivered in two discrete, interconnected parts, the coordination Hub and several research nodes. It is anticipated that the call for the research nodes will be launched in December 2019.

Read more about Strategic Priorities Fund projects on the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund webpage.

Please also note that the full call document PDF was amended on 3 February 2020 to reflect UKRI’s updated requirements on Pathways to Impact. The Pathways to Impact document will NOT be required for TAS Hub full proposal submissions. Impact remains a key assessment criterion for this call. A description of the anticipated impact and activities planned to maximise those should be included within the Full Case for Support. Applicants are still able to request funding to undertake Impact activities as appropriate, and this must be justified in the Justification of Resources document.