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 ESRC, AHRC and Dstl Futures and Innovation Domain are pleased to announce a new research initiative entitled ‘Science and Security: Linking Social Science, Arts and Humanities to understand the impacts of science and technology on defence and security’.

 RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme will fund research projects and a Research Integrator to develop greater understanding of how developments in science and technology (S&T) will present opportunities and threats to future UK defence and security. The work carried out in response to this call will help enable UK defence and security to better harness possible opportunities and to counter potential threats that may emerge in future.

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.

Research grants

£2 million of funding is available for a balanced portfolio of research projects which address one or more of the challenges outlined in the call specification. Additional funding of up to £500,000 is available from AHRC to support cross-disciplinary proposals involving a significant component of high-quality research in the arts and humanities.

Funding of up to £300,000 (100 per cent fEC) will be available for 12-18 months in duration.

Research integrator

Generating impact from research is not simply about dissemination, but about ensuring that research results inform policymaking and practice. Therefore, to achieve this aim  a part time Research Integrator will be appointed, an individual or a small team, to enhance the potential economic and societal impact for this initiative. This would include synthesising the research outputs and enhancing their accessibility, acting as an interface with Dstl and others to encourage the uptake of the research findings and encouraging dialogue between the successful applicants. Funding of up to £150,000 (100 per cent fEC) will be available for 24 month in duration, on a part-time basis.

Applications

Deadline for applications: 16.00 UK time on 21 November 2012

Further information can also be found at: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/funding-opportunities/23532/latest-opportunity-1.aspx

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