Funding award launched to give new opportunities for data science and AI collaboration and innovation with UK universities

Thursday 04 Nov 2021

The Alan Turing Institute, the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence, has this week launched its first ever Turing Network Development Award call to explore new ways to further collaborate across the UK higher education sector.

The awards will be made to UK universities* with proven research excellence and a track record of translation in data science, artificial intelligence (AI), or a related field whose research and innovation would be significantly enhanced through active involvement with the Institute’s network.

Up to 20 awards are available as part of this call and successful universities will be awarded up to £25,000. This is designed to: 

  • Start to establish or grow an engaged and diverse community working (at all career stages) in data science and AI research and innovation at the university, who are aware of and engage in the potential opportunities and initiatives available across the Turing network
  • Identify and establish links between Institute priority areas and areas of interest and expertise at the university, with initial dialogue around contribution and collaboration taking place
  • Host activities / initiatives that are open to the wider data science and AI research and innovation community and/or local and regional communities, with a view to forming new links and collaborations 
  • Map the university’s expertise / strengths in each of the Institute’s priority areas and those considered of national strategic importance (in data science and AI) not yet covered by the Institute.
  • Design plans for how the network will become sustainable for the future.

​​​​​​​Mark Girolami

The Institute’s Chief Scientist, Professor Mark Girolami, said,

"These new awards reflect our future vision to realise a shared focus that harnesses the diverse research excellence of our UK universities, growing our thriving community to advance research in the data sciences and AI technologies and their safe and responsible translation to deliver greater impact.”

Applications should be submitted on behalf of a university and the Award will be supported by an Award Lead. To apply, visit the Turing Network Development Award call page.

*The Institute is keen to work with a wide range of universities and given the limited number of Awards available, university partners will not be eligible to apply for this Award and should instead consider making a request for Turing Collaboration Funding.