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UKRI Centres for Doctoral Training in Applications and Implications of Artificial Intelligence

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 9 February 2018 - 28 March 2018

Important: BBSRC will only advertise the outline stage. Full details of the call on EPSRC’s website. The call is led by EPSRC, on behalf of UKRI.


On behalf of the UKRI partners, EPSRC is administering a cross-UKRI call for Centres of Doctoral Training to support research training of relevance to Applications and Implications of Artificial Intelligence (AIAI). This is expected to support 10-20 CDTs and is additional and complementary to the existing EPSRC CDT call, which includes the priority area ‘Enabling Intelligence’. While EPSRC has been asked to deliver this investment, utilising the timescales of their existing CDT call, this is a cross-UKRI activity in which the research councils and Innovate UK have come together to jointly develop the scope. Therefore, bids are welcomed and encouraged from eligible institutions that address training needs in AI challenges across the breadth of AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, and STFC remits


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 (see external links).

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 Innovate UK 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 EPSRC's 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. The call annex (see PDF in external links) provides examples of applications of AI, including in the biological sciences.

Whilst high-quality proposals in any relevant area of the councils’ remits are welcome, interdisciplinary proposals reaching across the remits of two or more councils are particularly encouraged.

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

The deadline for outline proposals is 28 March 2018, 16:00, with panels taking place during the week beginning 14 May 2018.

Following this outline 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.

For further information, visit the call page on EPSRC's website (see external links).

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