UKRI launches second call for global AI leaders

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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will launch a second call for world-leading AI researchers, designed to retain and attract top global talent in the field.

Up to £20m of funding will be available through further rounds of the Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships, which aims to support researchers to advance AI through programmes of study.

Minister for tech and the digital economy, Chris Philp, said: “Supporting the next generation of top AI talent is vital to ensure the UK remains a global science and tech superpower.

“The Turing AI fellowships attract the best and brightest researchers from across the country who will lead the world in advancing this transformative technology so it improves our lives, creates new jobs and helps boost the economy.”

The new fellows will join the first five announced last summer and will work to advance the field of AI by developing new methods to address fundamental challenges in the field or other disciplines. They will also look to build new AI capability and capacity for the UK.

The funding will be delivered by UKRI’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through two rounds, with fellows starting in October 2023 and October 2024 respectively.

EPSRC executive chair, Professor Dame Lynn Gladden, added:“The Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships provide a platform for globally-leading researchers to conduct ambitious new research and collaborate across disciplines to address key challenges in AI.

“The Fellows will be leaders in their field, establishing world-class centres of excellence which will develop the skills and careers of the researchers and innovators of the future.”

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