Call to Support Multidisciplinary Research between UK Cyber-Security Research Institutes

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have together launched a call to support ambitious proposals for research activities to bridge across the different cyber-security research communities operating under the four joint EPSRC-NCSC Research Institutes:

Sociotechnical Security

Verified Trustworthy Software Systems

Trustworthy Interconnected Cyber Physical Systems

Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems

The NCSC has recently published a problem book outlining current problems that need to be solved, as well as some of NCSC’s major activities under each theme. This call seeks to build capacity and capability through projects that explore how different technical approaches could provide solutions to real-world problems aligned with the themes in the NCSC problem book.

Projects should be formed of a small cross-disciplinary team to actively engage with user communities as well as researchers from disciplines covering more than one of the EPSRC/NCSC Research Institute.

The successful projects will be of a scale to add strategically important capacity and capability to the vibrant ecosystem of cyber security research and practice in the UK. They will ensure the country’s expertise is working together as a team and being employed to help to solve problems of strategic significance to the UK.

Applicants do not need to be current members of one of the Research Institutes or an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR). However, if they are not, they will be expected to become active members of this community if they are successful.

For information on the eligibility of organisations and individuals to receive EPSRC funding, please see the EPSRC Funding Guide. A list of eligible organisations to apply to EPSRC is available here.

£4 million (at 80% fEC) is available to support up to eight projects. There is no restriction on the timeframe, and it is up to the applicant to determine what is most appropriate for their project. Funding can be requested for standard research activities and associated support, as well as for activities that facilitate collaboration.

Proposals should be submitted via the Research Councils’ Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) System by the 15 September 2020 (16:00) deadline.

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