UK Government provides over £100 million for AI research and regulation

6 February, 2024

(with thanks to Richard Fitton)

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The Department for Science, Technology and Innovation (DSIT) has announced over £100 million in funding to support research and innovation in AI and develop the skills of regulators in the field.

The announcement has been made as part of the response to the consultation on the AI regulation white paper, with indications that it will include a research hub for healthcare and provide a more agile approach to regulation.

Nearly £90 million of the funding will go to nine hubs for research in areas including healthcare, chemistry and mathematics, while £2 million from the Arts and Humanties Research Council (AHRC) will support new projects to define what responsible AI looks like in sectors including education and policing.

£19 million will go towards 21 projects to develop trusted and responsible AI and machine learning solutions. This will be funded through the Accelerating Trustworthy AI Phase 2 competition, supported through the UKRI Technology Missions Fund and delivered by the Innovate UK BridgeAI programme.

In addition, DSIT has pledged £10 million to upskill regulators to address the risks and harness the opportunities of the technology. The fund will support new research and the development of practical tools to monitor and address risks and opportunities in their sectors.

This will be supported by the launch during the spring of a steering committee to support and guide the activities of a formal regulator coordination structure...

“We also need to remember that this future will be shaped by AI professionals. Managing the risk of AI and building public trust will be most effective when the people creating it are professionally registered and accountable to clear standards.”


COMMENT (NPW): HIFA has experience in supporting multistakeholder interaction around issues relevant to improving the availability and use of reliable healthcare information, including ongoing support for international research consortia (eg SUPPORT-SYSTEMS, mHEALTH-INNOVATE). If your AI research and innovation would benefit from this approach, you may like to consider inclusion of a small budget line on your next funding proposal. Contact:

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: