ORBIT (the Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT) has responded to the latest call for funding proposals from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Universities around the country are applying for funding for cohorts of doctoral students to tackle some of the grand challenges in modern science. For the first time, the Research Council has specified that these Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) must incorporate training for each cohort of students on the principles of responsible research and innovation. ORBIT will work with these new CDTs both at the proposal design stage and in the provision of the training element.

Martin de Heaver, managing director of ORBIT, commented, “This call from the EPSRC represents a  major change in the landscape for responsible research and innovation. Requiring the new wave of Centres to train their doctoral students in RRI principles is an excellent way to begin building the next generation of researchers who understand these principles from the very outset of their careers.”

Professors Bernd Stahl of DMU and Marina Jirotka of Oxford University, co-founders of ORBIT, added, “ORBIT is happy to be working with these leaders of research in areas like artificial intelligence and machine learning to ensure that the UK’s position at the vanguard of responsible research and innovation is maintained and strengthened.”


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