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5th March, 2021

UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems programme: responsibility

Apply for funding to support novel and creative multidisciplinary research on responsibility for autonomous systems.

Your proposed project should integrate researchers from different disciplines, particularly from social sciences, arts and humanities.

You and your organisation must be eligible for UKRI funding.

Funding is available for up to four grants. Successful projects must begin on 1 January 2022 and last 30 months.

This opportunity is part of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) programme which supports research on the technical, social and ethical challenges surrounding trustworthy autonomous systems.

This call aims to support creative, multi- and inter-disciplinary research which focuses on the challenging questions of how autonomous systems can be responsibly designed and developed to ensure that:

  • they are ethical, and legally operational
  • responsibility for their decisions, failures, and overall impact can be traced (that is, that they are accountable).

We are seeking to support high quality research which focuses on new design methodologies, models and techniques that facilitate this identification of responsibilities, rather than focusing on the development of more general responsible research and innovation approaches (RRI) for the Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) programme. Applications should convey how the approach is specifically tailored to autonomous systems.

The notions of responsibility, and the resultant requirements for a responsible autonomous system, are highly dependent on the context, application and users. The development and deployment of responsible autonomous systems will require understanding both of what responsibility means for an autonomous system and its makers and operators, and of how the design and operation of an autonomous system can be undertaken to enable responsibility.

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