The Alan Turing Institute’s Public Engagement Grant award was established in 2022, to empower and support UK researchers to bolster their public engagement efforts and enrich their own research. Through this award, the Turing will help data science and AI researchers to connect with members of the public who do not usually engage with science.
Our 2022 funding call was aimed at encouraging and supporting researchers to engage creatively with the public around data science and AI technologies. The call objectives were:
- Expand and promote public understanding of AI and data science in society.
- Provide balanced, unbiased information in an accessible format, highlighting both the risks and benefits of AI and emerging technologies in society.
- Widen participation by inspiring members of the public who may not usually interact with science to take an interest and have a voice in AI and data science.
- Achieve clear and measurable impact.
The first initiative of its kind for the Turing, this pilot call ran from 20 April to 25 May 2022. A diverse panel (in terms of gender, ethnicity and area of expertise) of seven researchers from across the Turing’s university partner network reviewed and scored the applications, before meeting to deliberate and come to a final decision. Each application was reviewed twice, and care was taken to ensure diversity across the two reviewers allocated to each application.
Seven projects were selected to receive funding; details below.
For more information on this scheme, please contact the Public Engagement Manager, Jessie Wand, at [email protected].