Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative Pre-Call Announcement

The Canadian agencies: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR); the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC); and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and four UK research councils: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC); and the Medical Research Council (MRC) will be launching the new the Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative.

ESRC is coordinating this initiative. 

Given the expertise of researchers in Canada and the United Kingdom, the Canadian agencies and UKRI are jointly supporting the development of a collaboration in AI among stakeholders in Canada and the UK aimed at building competitive and resilient economies and maximizing the social and health benefits. The aim is to build competitive and resilient economies and maximize the social and health benefits.

This collaboration will require each project to include a principal investigator (PI) based in Canada and a PI based in the UK who will share equally leadership and project management responsibilities. The Canadian and UK applicants will develop a common research plan and jointly prepare the full proposal. Proposals will be required to demonstrate a significant degree of, or novel approach to, interdisciplinarity, with research that cuts across at least two of the following research domains: social sciences and humanities; health and biomedical sciences; and natural sciences and engineering (including computational and/or mathematical sciences).  

In addition to promoting interdisciplinary AI, this call will support the development of responsible AI while establishing new partnerships and enhancing infrastructure and training between researchers in Canada and the UK. The outputs and outcomes of the research should allow for uptake by relevant stakeholders where possible.

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is approximately C$14 million (£8.2 million), enough to fund up to approximately 10 projects. 

Canadian funding agencies: The maximum amount available for Canadian researchers is  C$173,333 (£102,000) per year for up to three  years, for a total of C$520,000 (£305,000) per project. 

UKRI: The maximum amount available for UK researchers is a total of £625,000 (C$1.1 million) per project at 100% full economic cost. 

The call is due to launch on 21 June 2019, with a deadline for an intention to submit of 19 August 2019.

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