UKRI AI statement of opportunity
‘AI review: Transforming our world with AI’ sets out UKRI’s aspirations for supporting transformational activities, and for working with our partners to place the UK in a strong position to realise the vast potential benefits of AI.
Read the UKRI AI review: Transforming our world with AI.
AI in health is a rapidly growing and fast evolving sector with major interest from UK government, the NHS and industry, and features in a number of UK strategies. It has significant transformative potential for health across a huge range of areas. However, this will not be possible without significant new AI capabilities and there are still significant barriers in the environment for AI research and innovation such as health data access, storage, and use, understanding societal acceptance of the use of AI in health, and the professional skills to enable this potential. Crucially, the gaps and challenges in different health areas are unique, therefore tailored solutions are needed for a particular context.
AI technologies need to be developed to meet these challenges and will require collaboration between multidisciplinary expertise who can develop suitable solutions and build new capability at the intersection between health (including wider dimensions such as wellbeing), research and AI.
This UKRI programme is anticipated to deliver the following outcomes (amongst others):
- implementation of AI techniques in a health context, which were developed for other applications
- development of responsible, ethical or trusted AI approaches for use in a health data science context
- demonstration of proof of principle or proof of concept for new AI techniques in health
- building a cohort of researchers with cross-disciplinary and sectoral skills
This programme also aims to provide complementary aspects to other activities within the UKRI and wider UK landscape. Projects should consider how they will connect with and add value to existing investments in the same area, or with other networks and projects active in this space.
Grant additional conditions (GAC)
Grants are awarded under the standard UKRI grant terms and conditions. The following additional grant conditions will also apply.
GAC 1: start date of the grant
Notwithstanding RGC 5.2 Starting Procedures, this grant must start by 2 October 2023. No slippage of start date beyond 2 October 2023 will be permitted. Expenditure may be incurred prior to the start of the grant and be subsequently charged to the grant, provided that it does not precede the date of the offer letter.
GAC 2: grant extensions
No slippage or grant extensions (beyond exceptional circumstances in line with the Equality Act 2010) will be allowed. UKRI will not be responsible for any cost overrun incurred during the course of this grant. The research organisation or organisations will be required to make up any shortfall from alternative sources.
GAC 3: naming and branding
In addition to RGC 12.4 Publication and Acknowledgement of Support, you must make reference to UKRI funding. You should include the UKRI logo and relevant branding on all online or printed materials (including press releases, posters, exhibition materials and other publications) related to activities funded by this grant.
GAC 4: monitoring and reporting
In addition to the requirements set out in the standard UKRI grant condition RGC 7.4.3, the grant holder is responsible for providing progress reports and monitoring data (financial and non-financial) when requested by UKRI.
UKRI expects that the frequency of financial returns will be twice a year but reserves the right to request returns more or less often as appropriate to respond to changes in business needs. A template and guidance to complete this will be provided by UKRI in due course.
As part of the management process, the grant holder will be expected to produce an annual report detailing progress against their stated aims and objectives and should highlight any key impacts or success stories.
UKRI reserves the right to suspend the grant and withhold further payments if the performance metrics requested are not provided by the stated deadlines or are determined to be of an unacceptable standard by EPSRC.
GAC 5: expenditure
At the start of the grant the financial spend profile will be agreed by UKRI.
In addition to any reporting requirements set out in GAC 8, the grant holder must immediately notify the UKRI project officer, or officers, in writing of any accumulation, slippage or variation in expenditure greater than 5% of the annual profiled funding.
Any such changes must be approved in writing by UKRI; approval should not be assumed and will be dependent on spend across all associated grants.
We reserve the right to re-profile the grant if required.
Any deviation from the agreed allocation of funding and profiled costs must be negotiated and approved through written consent by UKRI. The approval of profile changes should not be assumed and will be dependent on spend across all associated grants.
At the end of the grant period a breakdown of the expenditure should be submitted along with the final expenditure statement.
GAC 6: embedding trusted research
The grant holder is expected to embed trusted research throughout their activities. EPSRC reserves the right to suspend the grant and withhold further payments if trusted research is not embedded throughout the programme or is deemed to be of an unacceptable standard by EPSRC.
UKRI is fully committed to develop and promote responsible innovation. Research has the ability to not only produce understanding, knowledge and value, but also unintended consequences, questions, ethical dilemmas and, at times, unexpected social transformations.
We recognise that we have a duty of care to promote approaches to responsible innovation that will initiate ongoing reflection about the potential ethical and societal implications of the research that we sponsor and to encourage our research community to do likewise.
Webinar recording and slides
Watch the webinar recording on Zoom.
Webinar slides (PDF, 2MB)
Webinar question and answer document (PDF, 175KB)
Equality impact assessment (PDF, 175KB)