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Research Centre of Excellence in Protecting Citizens Online

This call is to establish a UK Research Centre of Excellence for Protecting Citizens Online, with an investment of £6.89m over a three-year period. The initial focus is to explore holistic approaches to the development of privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs), and the implications of their use in addressing the issue of protecting citizens online. This activity is designed to build and lead the UK’s world-leading interdisciplinary community on this mission and provide a clear single engagement point with enough critical mass to engage with government, industry and citizens.

At the core of this challenge is understanding online harms, a human phenomenon that is technologically mediated. Therefore, a truly interdisciplinary and inclusive approach is needed.

This is a key component of the Protecting Citizens Online programme, funded through the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF). It is a UKRI-funded programme, not attached to any particular research council’s remit, but administered by EPSRC in partnership with ESRC and AHRC.

Please note that all applicants will have to abide by an Intent to Submit process before the call deadline. Applicants who have registered an Intent to Submit will be invited to attend a webinar, where there will be an opportunity to answer any questions. It is not mandatory to attend the webinar and a set of FAQs will be produced following the webinar and published on the call webpage. The Intent to Submit process is mandatory and intended to assist UKRI with planning and preparation for the peer review process, but does not form part of the peer review process.

Please register your Intent to Submit by filling in the SmartSurvey by 27 February 2020: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/C5TOO/. The call will close at 16:00, 9 April 2020.

Read more about the Strategic Priorities Fund projects on the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund webpage: https://www.ukri.org/research/themes-and-programmes/strategic-priorities-fund/