Academic Centre of Excellence - Cyber Security Research Call

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Submission Deadline: Friday 26th April

The UK Government and its delivery partners are continuing their joint work to enhance the UK's academic capability in all fields of cyber security. As part of that work, EPSRC and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are leading on a scheme to recognise UK Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACEs-CSR).

The scheme aims to:

  • enhance the quality and scale of academic cyber security research and postgraduate training being undertaken in the UK;
  • make it easier for potential users of research to identify the best cyber security research and postgraduate training that the UK has to offer;
  • help to develop a shared vision and aims among the UK cyber security research community, inside and outside academia.

Each ACE-CSR is required to meet tough minimum standards:

  • a commitment from the university's leadership team to support and invest in the university's cyber security research capacity and capability;
  • a critical mass of academic staff engaged in leading-edge cyber security research;
  • a proven track record of publishing high-impact cyber security research in leading academic journals and conferences;
  • sustained funding from a variety of sources to ensure the continuing financial viability of the research team's activities

For the last 18 months, the Digital Trust & Security theme has been auditing current research strengths and capabilities at the University of Manchester with a mind to construct an application for ACE-CSR recognition. Now that applications are open, we invite members of the DTS research community to contribute their expertise in support of a formal application.

Find out more.