Closing date: 21 September 2021 at 04pm BST
Total fund: £200,000
Maximum award: £62,500
Apply for funding to research how ethical artificial intelligence (AI) frameworks affect workplace culture. You must be employed by an eligible UK research institution. You must form new partnerships in your project team. Your work must be early research and involve:
The full economic cost of your project can be up to £62,500. AHRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost.
AHRC is looking to fund early research, sometimes called ‘pump-priming’. We will fund collaborative projects that undertake preliminary research and scoping on the impact of AI ethics frameworks on workplace culture. These projects should develop partnerships or networks to test assumptions and identify future research questions in this field. Projects should lay the groundwork for longer-term, in-depth ethnographic studies of different workplaces. However, alternative methodologies will be considered that yield the outputs and outcomes required.
The subsequent research is intended to help bridge the gap between principle, process and practice within AI ethics and sectors developing or using AI and data-driven technologies. Project partners should be working together for the first time or in a new, more extensive or more collaborative capacity than previously. Outputs should aim to frame research questions and challenges to inform future humanities-led investment in responsible AI. Projects might focus on areas including but not limited to:
Projects should focus on organisations currently developing or using AI or data-driven technology, but they may refer to relevant historical comparisons. Applicants are required to submit an intention to submit at least two weeks before the closing date for this funding opportunity. This document will contain a proposed title, principal investigator and the names of potential co-investigators.
This document will not be used in the assessment process but will enable AHRC to manage the assessment and interview process more efficiently. Award holders will be required to submit a written scoping study report to AHRC and present this to AHRC’s senior leadership. This is to explain the outputs, outcomes and impacts of the work, that provides advice and guidance on how AHRC could work this research into:
Award holders will also be required to work closely with an assigned AHRC investment manager. To provide 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 applied projects that involve new ways of embedding ethical approaches in AI research and development. Researchers interested in an applied approach to developing responsible AI, rather than ethnographic or other observational methodology for understanding current approaches, should refer to include ethics in AI research and development. 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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