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Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative

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The three Canadian federal research agencies and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are pleased to launch the Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative. This is an interdisciplinary joint call aimed at building competitive, resilient and healthy economies and societies through responsible AI.

The Canadian agencies include the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR); the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC); and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The four councils involved in this UKRI initiative include the 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). The ESRC is coordinating this initiative.

Scope of the call

The call aims to support innovative and cutting-edge interdisciplinary AI research that encourages the exploration of new interdisciplinary research methodologies, approaches and tools that cuts across at least two of the following research domains:

  1. social sciences and humanities;
  2. health and biomedical sciences; and
  3. natural sciences and engineering (including computational and/or mathematical sciences).

The call promotes the development of responsible AI through research that includes considerations of social-cultural variables (gender, racialised identity, socio-economic status, ability, etc.), biological variables (sex) and sustainable development in the research design, to ensure that the benefits of AI technologies and tools are shared broadly across society, to mitigate against potential harms, and to enhance the trustworthiness of AI.

Further information

Applications are made via the ESRC call page.

Visit the ESRC call page for further details of:

  • the application process, including on the compulsory Intention to Submit which closes at 23:00 BST on 19 August 2019
  • a webinar for potential applicants on 17 July 2019
  • call documents
  • key dates
  • contact points