Closing date: 21 September 2021 at 04pm BST
Total fund: £320,000
Maximum award: £81,250
Apply for funding to explore ways to include ethics in the research and development of artificial intelligence (AI). You will create new networks to carry out early research. You must be employed by an eligible UK research institution. Your project must be collaborative. It must include at least one of these:
Your work must be early research and involve:
The full economic cost of your project can be up to £81,250. AHRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost. Your project can last for up to 12 months.
AHRC is looking to fund early research, sometimes called ‘pump-priming’. Research projects will investigate how ethical approaches can be embedded within the early stages of the AI research and development pipeline. This pump-priming research will help bridge the gap between principle, process and practice within AI ethics and the AI and data-driven technologies sector, and help influence future AHRC investment in this space.
Projects should develop and explore new, inclusive and innovative partnerships which emphasise co-design and delivery. Outputs should aim to frame research questions and challenges to inform future investment in responsible AI. Projects exploring embedding ethical approaches in the AI research and development pipeline might include:
Award holders will be required to submit a written scoping study report to the AHRC and present this to AHRC’s senior leadership to explain the outputs, outcomes and impacts of the work that provides advice and guidance on how AHRC could work this research into meaningful future funding opportunities or through other mechanisms. Award holders will also be required to work closely with an assigned AHRC Investment Manager, providing regular progress reports as the scoping study develops given that funding opportunities that relate to the area of the study may emerge over the course of the award.
AHRC would expect the successful award holders to attend a meeting convened by the AHRC prior to or soon after commencing the work to discuss the aims and focus of the scheme and projects further. Note that AHRC is running a concurrent funding opportunity for projects that explore the relationship between workplace cultures and AI ethical frameworks. Researchers interested in using ethnographic or other observational methodology for understanding current approaches, should refer to Explore the impact of artificial intelligence ethics on workplaces. Award holders will be required to contribute to a light touch process evaluation which will inform the development of future investment in responsible AI.
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