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Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative: building competitive and resilient economies and societies through responsible AI

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We are pleased to announce an interdisciplinary joint call aimed at building competitive, resilient and healthy economies and societies through responsible AI. The call is now open and the deadline for applications is 12 September 2019. Successful awards will be announced in January 2020 and are required to begin on 1 February 2020.

This call is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC), in collaboration with three Canadian federal research funding agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Up to £8.2 million in funding will be made available for this joint research call. Canada and the UK will support up to approximately 10 collaborative teams, subject to peer review assessment of the quality of the proposal. Each grant will require a Principal Investigator (PI) based in Canada and a PI based in the UK who will jointly develop one application and equally share leadership and project management for each project. The total amount available for the Canadian component of the team from the Canadian funding agencies is C$5.2 million. The maximum amount per project is $C173,333 per year for three years for a total of C$520,000 per project. The total amount available for the UK component of the team from the UKRI is £5 million funded from the Fund for International Collaboration. UK grants will be awarded up to £625,000 at 100% full economic cost (fEC) of which UKRI will contribute 80%.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 19/08/2019

Key dates

  • Call for proposal opens  - 21 June 2019
  • Webinar for potential applicants - 17 July 2019
  • Compulsory Intention to Submit - 19 August 2019
  • Deadline for submitting proposals - 12 September 2019
  • Commissioning Panel meeting - w/c 2 December 2019
  • Decisions to applicants - w/c 6 January 2020
  • Grants start - 1 February 2020

How to make an application

Further Information

ESRC are administering this call. Please visit the Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative: building competitive and resilient economies and societies through responsible AI page at:



For questions about this strategic initiative and research objectives, please contact:

  • Manija Kamal or Yasmin Jennings, UKRI
    Email: aiukcanada@esrc.ukri.org
    Telephone: +44 (0)1793 413 084 or +44 (0)1793 414 697

For further information, Canadian applicants should contact: 

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