More funding earmarked for ‘digital economy’ research

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New research centres addressing a number of issues relating to data and evidence based policy were announced in the government’s recent summer budget to boost what it calls the country’s ‘digital economy’.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will put £23m towards funding six new multidisciplinary centres over the next five years. Including contributions from more than 150 partners, the total funding available is expected to be around £45m.

Of the six centres announced, three will focus specifically on harnessing data for public good. The centre at Nottingham University will seek to refine the ethical use of personal data to create and deliver personalised products and experiences. At the centre in Newcastle University, researchers will focus on open source digital technologies and media for local government services such as social care, public health, education and local democracy. Finally, UCL will examine how data and modelling can be used to inform how regions can co-operate economically regarding the use of assets.

The other three centres (based at Bath, York and Swansea) will focus on how digital technologies might be utilised to improve performance in fields as diverse as sport, entertainment, health and security.

EPSRC chief executive Professor Philip Nelson, said the new centres will ‘show how multidisciplinary research in the digital economy can be brought to bear on the big societal challenges we face’.

A list of the projects can be found on the EPSRC website.

Open Data Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

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