REPHRAIN Launches First Strategic Funding Call on Internet Safety

Funding from the EPSRC-funded National Research Centre on Privacy, Harm Reduction and Adversarial Influence Online (REPHRAIN) to support projects relating to the Centre’s missions and research challenges.

The National Research Centre on Privacy, Harm Reduction and Adversarial Influence Online (REPHRAIN) is an EPSRC-funded research centre that forms part of the wider UKRI investment focusing on protecting citizens online. The Centre will explore how to keep people safe online while allowing them to fully participate in digital technologies.

REPHRAIN has now launched its first call to fund multiple proposals relating to the its missions and research challenges. Proposals that focus on the following themes are particularly encouraged:

  • Testbeds for detecting, disrupting and investigating online harm.
  • Novel awareness mechanisms.
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution mechanisms.
  • Establishing scalable trust.
  • Data minimisation and deletion in online platforms.

REPHRAIN will consider larger proposals that address more than one topic area.

Applications are accepted from higher education institutions (HEIs) that can demonstrate a capability to deliver a high-quality programme of research. The call follows standard EPSRC eligibility criteria.

Applications are encouraged from researchers in all disciplines. Interdisciplinary proposals are also encouraged, as are those that involve strong engagement and partnerships with non-academic stakeholders.

Up to £500,000 is available for this call issued at 80% full Economic Cost (fEC), meaning the total available to applicants is £400,000.

Projects should last no longer than 12 months and be conducted between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.

Applications should be submitted by the 21 May 2021 (16:00) deadline.