Turing-HSBC-ONS Data Science Awards 2018

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Funding available: Awards of up to £150,000

Deadline for applications: Monday 9th April 2018

The economic data science research programme at The Alan Turing Institute (the Turing) invites proposals for research in economics and data science to improve understanding of how the economy works or contributes tools that can be used for that purpose. Awards of up to £150,000 are available for projects lasting 6-24 months.  The deadline for applications is Monday 09 April 2018; funded projects must start before 01 October 2018.

The aim of the economic data science research programme at the Turing is to make major advances in understanding how the economy works in its complexity and interconnectedness, and to use that insight to address economic challenges of national and international importance. This will be possible through using econometric and data science techniques to harness the scale and scope of economic data now available to analyse the economy with greater accuracy and granularity.

Research proposals

Proposals are invited from research teams for small (≤£50,000) or medium scale (£50,000-£150,000) projects that lie at the boundary between economics and data science and combine expertise from those two fields. Proposals must be innovative in nature, fit under one or more of the three research themes outlined below, have potential for substantial impact and present good value for money.

The three research themes under which proposals are invited are as follows.

  • Theme 1: Economic activity over the business cycle
  • Theme 2: The changing nature of work
  • Theme 3: Machine learning for economic data

Eligibility criteria and funding available

All proposals must be led by one senior academic researcher with a strong track record of grant support and research outputs. Lead applicants must be either Turing Fellows, Turing Research Fellows, Turing Visiting Researchers or situated at one of the Turing’s university partners.  Additional researchers who are not directly involved with the Turing or its university partners, but who are based at a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or Independent Research Organisation (IRO) may participate but may not lead.

Awards may include:

  • Staff salaries, whether directly allocated or directly incurred (e.g. existing academic staff, research assistants or other research staff, technicians and other support staff). Please note that PhD studentships cannot be supported through this call.
  • Research consumables directly attributable to the project
  • Research equipment essential for the project
  • Travel and subsistence, and other meeting costs where relevant
  • Dissemination costs such as conference costs

Awards may not include indirect costs such as overheads.

Further information is available on the Turing website.