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EPSRC Reference: EP/W020408/1
Title: SPRITE+ 2: The Security, Privacy, Identity and Trust Engagement Networkplus (phase 2).
Principal Investigator: Elliot, Professor MJ
Other Investigators:
Sezer, Professor S Conchie, Professor SM Sassone, Professor V
Chana, Dr D
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
ARM Ltd Austrian Institute of Technology Bruntwood Limited
BT Cybsafe Limited Electronics and Telecomm Res Inst ETRI
Government Office for Science Greater Manchester Combined Authority Hanyang University
Improbable Worlds Ltd Inogesis N8 Policing Research Partnership
Nasdaq NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Org) Open Data Institute (ODI)
Petras Rebellion Defence Ltd The Alan Turing Institute
University of Montreal University of New South Wales Wavestone Advisors UK Limited
Wilton Park Yoti Ltd
Department: Social Sciences
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 September 2023 Ends: 31 August 2027 Value (£): 2,652,185
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Computer Sys. & Architecture Mobile Computing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
26 Jan 2022 DE Network Plus Interview Panel Announced
10 Nov 2021 DE Network Plus Prioritisation Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Digital technologies and services are shaping our lives. Work, education, finance, health, politics and society are all affected. They also raise concomitant and complex challenges relating to the security of and trust in systems and data. TIPS (Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security) issues thus lie at the heart of our adoption of new technologies and are critical to our economic prosperity and the well-being of our citizens. Identifying and addressing such issues requires a coherent, coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach, with strong stakeholder relationships at the centre.

SPRITE+ is a vehicle for communication, engagement, and collaboration for people involved in research, practice, and policy relevant to TIPS in digital contexts. Since launching in 2019, we have established ourselves as the go-to point of contact to engage with the broadest UK network of interdisciplinary, cross-sector digital TIPS experts.

The second phase of SPRITE+ ('SPRITE+2') will continue to build our membership, whilst expanding the breadth and depth of our innovation, and deepen our impact through proactive engagement.

SPRITE+2 will have the following objectives:

1. Expand our TIPS community, harnessing the expertise and collaborative potential of the national and international TIPS communities

2. Identify and prioritise future TIPS research challenges

3. Explore and develop priority research areas to enhance our collective understanding of future global TIPS challenges

4. Stimulate innovative research through sandpits, industry led calls, and horizon scanning

5. Deepen engagement with TIPS research end users across sectors to accelerate knowledge Exchange

6. Understand, inform, and influence policy making and practice at regional, national and international level

These will be delivered through four work packages and two cross cutting activities. All work packages will be led by the PI (Elliot) to ensure that connections are made and synergies exploited. Each sub-work package will be led by a member of the Management Team and supported by our Expert Fellows and Project Partners.

WP1 Develop the Network

We will deliver a set of activities designed to expand, broaden, and engage the network, from expert meetings and workshops to student bootcamps and international conferences.

WP2 Engage stakeholders to enhance knowledge exchange and deliver impact.

We will be greatly enhancing our purposive engagement activity in SPRITE+2. This activity will include a new business intelligence function and PP engagement grants, designed to enhance mutual understanding between researchers and stakeholders.

WP3 Identify, prioritise, and explore future TIPS challenges

We will select and then investigate priority areas of future TIPS. Two areas are pre-scoped based on the work we have done so far in SPRITE+ (TIPS in digital cities; trustworthy digital identities) with a further two be identified during the lead up to SPRITE+2.

WP4 Drive innovation in research

This WP concerns the initiation and production of high-quality impactful research. Through horizon scanning, sandpits and industry-led calls, we will steer ideas through an innovation pipeline ensuring SPRITE+2 is future focused.

Cross cutting activities

The first cross-cutting activity will accelerate the translation of TIPS research into policy and practice for public and private sector end uses. The second focuses on mechanisms to facilitate communication within our community.

The experiences of SPRITE+ and the other DE Network+s demonstrate that it takes years of consistent and considerable effort for a new network to grow membership and develop productive relationships with stakeholders. In SPRITE+2 grant we would hit the ground running and maximise the impact of four additional years of funding. A successful track record, a well-established team, and a raft of ambitious new plans provide a solid foundation for strong delivery in 2023-27.

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