SPRITE+ brings together people involved in research, practice, and policy relevant with a focus on digital contexts. We are funded until 31 August 2023 by the EPSRC as part of its Digital Economy programme (grant reference EP/S035869/1).
SPRITE+ is led by a consortium of five universities: University of Manchester (lead institution), Imperial College London, Lancaster University, Queen’s University Belfast, and University of Southampton. Our Management Team is supported by a multi-disciplinary group of 120+ Expert Fellows and non-academic Project Partners. We currently we have eleven Partners from different sectors, including industry, government, law enforcement, and civil society.
SPRITE+ is an EPSRC funded NetworkPlus that will deliver a step change in engagement between people involved in research, practice and policy relevant to trust, identity, privacy, and security (TIPS) with a focus on digital contexts. SPRITE+ will use a coherent, coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach, with strong stakeholder relationships at its core. Collectively, we will identify and address the key research challenges of the future.
Goal 1: Build and develop the research community
Research in digital security, privacy, identity, and trust has tended to be dominated by engineering disciplines. SPRITE+ activities will also draw in researchers in humanities, behavioural and social sciences, and from other areas of ‘security science’. Our access fund and support for early career researchers fosters inclusive participation. We act as a ‘network of networks’, developing productive and mutually supportive relationships with cognate networks and organisations.
Goal 2: Engage stakeholder communities
SPRITE+ creates opportunities for industry, university, government, law enforcement, and third sector partners to engage constructively with the broad research community. Our aim is to build a collaborative community of researchers and stakeholders, together tackling the most important and complex challenges to security, privacy, identity and trust in the future Digital Economy.
Goal 3: Draw up roadmaps for research
Working with academic and non-academic partners, we will identify broad Challenge Themes (CTs) related to current and future problems. We will fund activities that explore and test new ideas related to the CTs, and that create new collaborations between academic disciplines, and between academic and non-academic partners. The outputs will be research roadmaps to address these CTs, articulating the current ‘state of the art’ and highlighting priority gaps in knowledge. SPRITE+ activities will thus shape the direction of research and investment within and beyond its funding period.
Outputs and outcomesSPRITE+ will deliver a range of outputs, primarily via SPRITEHub, including: position papers, scholarly articles, event reports and videos, educational materials, and research roadmaps covering priority challenges.
Our intended outcomes are:
- a vibrant collaborative community of industry, university, government, law enforcement, and third sector partners, with strong collaborative relationships and tangible industry investment in new research;
- an expanded academic TIPS research community, that includes researchers from humanities, behavioural and social sciences, and from other areas of ‘security science’;
- an early career researcher community that understands users and has the skills and knowledge to deliver high quality impactful research in their future careers;
- mutual support and understanding between cognate groups and networks, maximising exploitation of research findings and minimising duplication of work; and
- a set of roadmaps for that shape future research investment priorities.
SPRITE+ is led by a consortium of five universities: University of Manchester, Imperial College London Lancaster University, Queen’s University Belfast, and University of Southampton.
Our activities are delivered in partnership with 14 Project Partners from industry, police, government, and civil society: BT, Cybsafe, DWF Law, Nasdaq, Arm, Titan IC, Tiani Spirit, National Grid, LORCA, the Open Data Institute, Hanyang University, Greater Manchester Police, Yoti and the Office of HM Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security. Together our Project Partners have so far pledged over £1.7M of in-kind support for hosting internships and attachments, event hosting and organisation, and access to expertise, equipment, and data.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in future challenges to security, privacy, identity and trust in the digital economy.