Human Dimensions of Cyber Security – CALL FOR PROPOSALS

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This call is now closed. The following is for information only.

EPSRC has up to £5M available to support collaborative, international and problem-driven projects which address the human dimensions of cyber security.

Closing date: 16:00 on 08 June 2016


EPSRC is inviting proposals which address the challenges identified at the ‘Human Dimensions of Cyber Security’ (HDoCS) workshop in 2014. These challenges form the technical scope of this call and can be found here. The challenges are titled:

1. Design, build and measure

2. A theory of everyone

3. Risk, trust and response

4. Understanding people

5. Evolution of cyber-crime

These challenges must be the sole or main focus of any proposal submitted to this call and proposals must clearly and directly address one or more of them. All proposals should have advances in EPSRC’s understanding of cyber security, as represented by the contents of the technical scope, as their main aim. For more information about EPSRC’s portfolio and strategies, see their website.

Funding available

EPSRC has up to £5M available to support around six projects resulting from this call.

Proposals must be:

• Collaborative

All the challenges outlined in the associated technical scope require collaboration across disciplines and with problem owners. In support of this, proposals should request resources to allow all their academic partners to collaborate successfully for the duration of the project. This might include staff exchanges, travel and subsistence, workshop- type meetings to develop research programmes and dissemination of interim findings.

• International

As an indication that research concepts have been benchmarked and validated internationally, we would like all proposals to incorporate collaborations with researchers who are recognised as global leaders in their fields. In support of this , proposals should request resources to allow recognised researchers and/or members of their associated research teams to visit and be a substantive part of the project in the UK, and/or for UK partners to visit leading overseas collaborators to work in pursuit of the project’s overall aims.

•Problem driven

There is no shortage of real-world problems, both long and short term, that create opportunities for high quality research. Proposals should address a recognisable challenge and set out a credible path to finding a solution. In support of this, proposals should request resources for continuous engagement with problem owners and system or solution providers, ideally to support genuine co-creation of research programmes.

Assesment Process

Proposals will be assessed initially by anonymous expert reviewers and then, for proposals receiving sufficient support, by a panel who will make funding recommendations to EPSRC.

How to Apply

For more information about this call or for instructions on how to apply, please read the EPSRC’s call document, or contact Miriam Dowle on

Researchers looking for advice on engagement with non-academic stakeholders to get some help with the “Pathway to Impact”, please contact Dr. Tristram Riley-Smith by email (

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