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Science and Security: Linking Social Science, Arts and Humanities to understand the impacts of science and technology on defence and security

As part of the RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme, the AHRC is collaborating with ESRC and DSTL* Futures and Innovation Domain on this new research initiative to develop greater understanding of how developments in science and technology (S&T) will represent opportunities and threats to future UK defence and security.

The initiative also contributes to a number of AHRC’s Themes, including providing opportunities under the Science in Culture theme to examine, aspects of the reciprocal relationships between science and technology and arts and humanities in a defence and security context. AHRC is providing £500,000 of additional funding to this £2m initiative to support proposals involving a significant component of high-quality research in the arts and humanities.

This initiative is particularly focused on:

  • How the risks to defence and security that emerge from future developments in S&T can be better assessed and addressed
  • The influence of cultural, historical, ethical, economic and societal factors on how S&T is developed and utilised in future to present opportunities and threats for defence and security.

The call is for Research Grant projects of up to £300,000 (fEC) for a duration of between 12-18 months.

*DSTL – Defence Science & Technology Laboratory