Digital Economy Newsletter - March 2021

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Digital Economy Newsletter - March 2021

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Next Stage Digital Economy Centres

The Digital Economy Theme funded six Next Stage Digital Economy Centres in 2020 to promote the realisation of impact and enhance exploitation of the outcomes arising from its investments in the research base. The centres will draw substantially on the outputs, knowledge, expertise and demonstrations resulting from previous DE-related funding to raise DE research to a new level of increased take-up and exploitation. Please follow the links below to find out more details:


Digital Economy NetworkPlus Call Webinar

The Digital Economy Theme intends to fund five NetworkPluses that will address the five Digital Economy Priority Areas. There will be a webinar on 27th May at 10:00 to discuss the funding opportunity. To attend, submit an expression of interest by 17th May 2021, 10:00 BST.

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Digital Economy NetworkPlus Survey

The Digital Economy Theme is seeking to better understand how the community has interacted with the five NetworkPlus grants that we have supported since 2018. Your views will help us to identify what worked well to maximise the success of the NetworkPluses; please complete the survey by 30th April 2021.

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Application to Join REPHRAIN's College of Peer Reviewers

The EPSRC-funded Research Centre on Privacy, Harm Reduction and Adversarial Influence Online (REPHRAIN) are seeking to appoint a range of interdisciplinary reviewers to join REPHRAIN’s College of Peer Reviewers. The remit of the College will be to provide rigorous, quality reviews for all proposals submitted to the REPHRAIN Strategic Funding programme. Closing date: 15th April 2021, 16:00 BST.

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New White Paper from REPHRAIN Centre

A new white paper has just been published by the REPHRAIN Practitioner-in Residence, Erik van de Sandt, titled “Towards Data Scientific Investigations: A Comprehensive Data Science Framework and Case Study for Investigating Organized Crime and Serving the Public Interest”. This white paper presents guiding principles and best practices for data scientific investigations of organized crime, developed and put into practice by operational experts over several years, while connecting to existing law enforcement and industry standards.

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Funding Calls

Digital Security by Design - Business Led Demonstrators: Phase One EOI

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £6 million to collaborate on market demonstrator projects showcasing the use and adoption of digital security by design technologies. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, deadline 26th May 2021, 11:00 BST.  

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Transformations: Social and Cultural Dynamics in the Digital Age

Apply for funding from AHRC and ESRC to understand how digital innovations affect social and cultural changes and are influenced by society and culture. Proposals must demonstrate a strong European dimension, deadline 7th May 2021, 13:00 BST.

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Trustworthy Autonomous Systems: Responsibility

This call aims to support creative, multi- and inter-disciplinary research which focuses on the challenging questions of how autonomous systems can be responsibly designed and developed to ensure that they are ethical, legally operational, and accountable. Deadline for proposals: 13th May 2021, 16:00 BST

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Cross-cutting Research for Exascale Software and Algorithms

Launched as part of the SPF ExCALIBUR programme. Apply for funding to research issues that impact the development of exascale software and algorithms. This should address one of the following cross-cutting research themes:

  • future computing paradigms
  • coupling
  • verification, validation and uncertainty quantification
  • domain-specific languages

Deadline for proposals: 15th April 2021, 16:00 BST.

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UKRI Fintech National Workshop: Hosted by AI for Services

UKRI is looking to advance their understanding of challenges faced by Fintechs and the Financial Services and the role research and innovation can place in addressing the challenges. A short survey (see here)  has been launched to gather views on barriers to innovation, investment in, and adoption of Fintech solutions, and stakeholder views on how these might be overcome, deadline for completion is 19th April 2021 . A workshop will be held on Thursday 13th May 2021 to seek further input from a broad set of stakeholders across the Financial Services and Fintech ecosystem, if interested please complete an expression of interest by 26th April 2021.

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Latest News

UKRI Appoints National Quantum Computing Centre Director

Dr Michael Cuthbert has been appointed as National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) Director to help to deliver the UK’s ambition to be a quantum-enabled economy. The NQCC is being established with a £93 million investment by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as part of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP).

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AHRC Strengthens its Commitment to Responsible AI Technologies

AHRC strengthens its commitment to responsible AI technologies that wed ethical and human values to AI challenges. Building on the positive outcomes of its UKRI AI review, AHRC has partnered with the Ada Lovelace Institute on a suite of innovative AI projects that explore key facets of the most pressing AI challenges.

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