Call open for UKRI Centres for Doctoral Training to develop UK's skills in Artificial Intelligence

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The call is now open for around 15 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) focused on areas relevant to Artificial Intelligence (AI) across UKRI's remit.

This call opens against the background of Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Jérôme Pesenti's review, Growing the artificial intelligence industry in the UK, and the Government's Industrial Strategy White Paper, Building a Britain fit for the Future.

This investment in AI skills will be kick-started by support for over 100 studentships that will be funded during 2018/19 via the Research Councils current mechanisms and schemes.

Then, recognising that CDTs are seen to be a successful mechanism for cohort-based training, up to 950 additional studentships, over five years, will be funded through a new call for CDTs opening today.

This builds on collaborative work between the Research Councils and InnovateUK to develop a clear picture of the training needs in AI, related technologies, their applications and implications. The call presents an exciting opportunity for highly multidisciplinary, research training in this hugely important area for the UK.

Universities are invited to apply against two priority areas:

  • Enabling Intelligence, a priority area within Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's (EPSRC) main CDT call
  • Applications and Implications of Artificial Intelligence (AIAI), a new priority area relevant to all Research Councils.

CDT bids submitted against the new AIAI priority will not be required to include research training in EPSRC's remit.

Outline proposals are required by 28 March 2018 with Outline panels taking place during the week beginning 14 May 2018.

Following this separate Outline panel stage, those applicants invited to proceed to full proposal will merge in with the main EPSRC CDT process with the new CDT cohort expected to start in the 2019/20 academic year.

The funding of the Centres will be subject to budget confirmation.

Notes for Editors

UK Research and Innovation is a new organisation that, from 01 April 2018, will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. The aim is to create a system that maximises the contribution of each Council and creates the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. The vision is to be an outstanding organisation that ensures the UK maintains its world leading position in research and innovation.