UKRI Centres for Doctoral Training to develop UK’s skills in Artificial Intelligence

February 5, 2018, from Sian Giles

UKRI Centres for Doctoral Training to develop UK’s skills in Artificial Intelligence
A call for around 15 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) focused on areas relevant to Artificial Intelligence (AI) across UKRI’s remit is now open.

Call type: Invitation for outlines
Closing date: 16:00 28 March 2018

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. UKRI expects that AI will transform every sector of industry over the coming years and we want to ensure the UK is best placed to benefit. Innovate UK is also involved in this activity; co-creation between different disciplines and engagement with industry and users are strongly encouraged. The process is being delivered by EPSRC on behalf of UKRI partners and as such high quality outline proposals are welcomed from applicants working in areas across the remit of all seven Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, NERC, MRC and STFC) addressing UK training needs in the development, applications and implications of novel and existing artificial intelligence technologies.

How to apply: This call will be a two-stage submission. The application and assessment process has been integrated into the EPSRC CDT 2018 call but is a distinct strand. Applications made against the AI strand must meet the conditions laid out in the EPSRC call . There is a single exception to this – proposals primarily addressing the ‘Applications and Implications of Artificial Intelligence’ priority will not be required to meet a minimum EPSRC remit. Please note that all applications must meet a minimum cash leverage requirement.

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

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

STFC Awareness Events

The STFC will be running two community events, one in Edinburgh and one in London, to provide further information about this call; advice on how to apply including preparing a strong outline proposal; areas of best practice, consortia building and brokerage; and engagement with potential industrial partners.

For more details and to register for these events, please go to

1st March – Edinburgh

9th March – London

For further information on the events please contact the STFC innovations club mailbox –

For further information on the call, please contact the EPSRC CDT mailbox