UKRI-JST Launch Joint Call on Artificial Intelligence and Society

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX) of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), are providing this joint call for proposals exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies on society and the economy.

The call aims to promote interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and to position the social sciences, arts and humanities as an integral part of the process for developing and exploring AI systems, and ensuring that those systems provide the greatest benefit to people and societies.

Proposals should reflect one or more of the inter-related areas:

Impacts on humans and society – Future happiness, wellbeing and the individual

Economic implications, skills, work and education

Transparency, responsibility, governance and ethics.

Each proposal must have a principal investigator (PI) from both the UK and Japan. The UK PI must be based at a research organisation eligible for UKRI funding.

The total UK budget for this call is £2 million. UK applicants may request between £360,000-£500,000 (100% fEC) per project.

The total Japanese budget for this call is ¥180m. Japanese applicants may request up to ¥30m per project.

It is expected that the fund will award between five and seven joint proposals for a period of three years.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline 17 July 2019.

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