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The Public Voices in AI Fund

Apply before: July 3, 2024

The Public Voices in AI Fund is part of the broader Public Voices in AI initiative. It aims to ensure that public perspectives play a central role in all AI applications. Funded by RAI UK, this collaboration involves institutions like the University of Sheffield, the Ada Lovelace Institute, and the Alan Turing Institute. The project runs from April 2024 to March 2025. To address AI’s impact on diverse communities, the fund prioritizes groups underrepresented in AI. Projects funded by the initiative must align with existing relationships and be completed by the end of 2024. The goal is to empower those most affected by AI’s consequences.

Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for The Public Voices in AI Fund are:

  1. Lead Applicant: One lead applicant must submit the application, and the team can include multiple members.
  2. VCSE Sector: The lead applicant’s organization should be either:
    • A charity, civil society, or community group directly working with individuals who have experienced under-representation or negative AI outcomes.
    • A social impact or social enterprise organization, especially those led by the communities they serve.
  3. Financial and Administrative Capacity: The lead applicant’s organization must have the capacity to manage the grant, including a company bank account. Awards are subject to due diligence checks.
  4. Established Relationships: Applicants should demonstrate existing relationships with groups negatively affected by or underrepresented in AI.
  5. UK-Based: All team members and projects must be based in the UK.

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Benefits

The benefit of The Public Voices in AI Fund are:

  1. Generous Funding: The program offers a maximum of £170,000 to support a variety of projects.
  2. Project Flexibility: It aims to fund 4-6 projects, each receiving up to £50,000.
  3. Eligible Organizations: UK-based businessesthird sector, and government organizations can claim 100% of eligible direct costs.
  4. Cost Coverage: Eligible costs include staff salaries, travel, and subsistence expenses.
  5. University Participation: Universities can claim costs at the standard UKRI rate of 80% of the Full Economic Cost (fEC).

Application process

Click here to apply.

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Theme : AI Fund
Applicant Country : United Kingdom
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