We invite Turing researchers (Turing Fellows, Research Fellows, Doctoral Student Supervisors and others) and academics from our five founding universities (Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL and Warwick) to apply to join our scientific programme on Defence and Security (sub-theme cybersecurity).

External collaborations

Applicants are encouraged to involve collaborators from universities other than the five founding universities, and also industrial collaborators.  If you are a researcher external to the Turing founding universities and are keen to work on a joint project, please visit the ‘People’ pages of our website for more information on our Fellows or contact your colleagues in one of the five founding universities to begin a discussion.  Alternatively, you can contact the Programme Director, Mark Briers, or the Programme Manager, Catherine Lawrence, for advice.

Projects will be funded through our programme on Defence and Security; a strategic partnership of The Alan Turing Institute with GCHQ and MOD (Dstl and JFC) on data science research.

Assessment stages

In addition to the application form, there will be a workshop at the Turing on 20 September which shortlisted applicants (PIs or Co-Is) will be invited to attend. This is encouraged but not mandatory. More detail on the assessment process is available in the Application Guidance Notes.

Funding available

A total of £350k will be available, to be awarded for up to three projects. These should be short pilot/pump-priming projects, which can begin in October 2017 and will end in March 2018.

It is intended that these awards will act as a “stage gate”, with the potential for larger amounts of follow on funding available in 2018-2020 for projects which have deliverables with potential for high impact and benefits.

Data science research challenges in cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a primary use-case and testing ground for the development of next-generation data science platforms and algorithms. It is also a domain that presents some of the hardest challenges to data science: high-speed processing and data summarisation; data fusion across many unsynchronised sources; restricted data aperture and imputation of missing data; and of the need for fast-changing models in response to adversarial innovation.

This call for proposals is seeking submissions for projects in the following areas of interest, which have been selected as priority challenges through discussion with the defence and security strategic partners:

  • network data mining
  • complexity and scale from the Internet of Things
  • software analysis
  • cybersecurity impact of AI
  • fused cyber threat awareness.

Additional information about the priority areas is enclosed in the Application Guidance Notes.


Principal Investigators (PIs) should be Turing researchers, or researchers affiliated with one of the five founding universities. Collaborators on projects are welcome from anywhere outside the Institute or the five founding universities.

How to apply

Before applying, ensure you have read the Application Guidance Notes which contains important information about the priority challenges, application documents, assessment process, and deliverables. 

Applications must be submitted via the online portal. If you have not already done so, all applicants must first register with the system and provide basic log-in details to create a profile. If you have any question concerning the application or the online system, please contact the Programme Manager, Catherine Lawrence.

Application guidance

The Application Guidance Notes contains important information relating to your application

A frequently asked questions section will be created here and updated on an ongoing basis – if you have any questions which are not covered by the Guidance Notes or FAQs, please contact Catherine Lawrence on [email protected]


Applications should be submitted by 31 August 16:00.