Partners sought to develop £42m Alan Turing Institute for Big Data

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is calling for partners to develop the Alan Turing Institute. The Institute aims to help position the UK as a world leader in the analysis and application of Big Data.

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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is calling for partners to develop the Alan Turing Institute. The Institute aims to help position the UK as a world leader in the analysis and application of Big Data.

In the 2014 Budget Statement, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced that the UK government would provide £42 million, over five years, to fund The Alan Turing Institute.

The government has now asked the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to act as a key partner in establishing the Institute. As one of the first steps, EPSRC has now invited UK universities to submit expressions of interest in joining the consortium to establish the Institute.

Minister for universities, science and cities Greg Clark said: “Big Data is a key component in how we conduct science today and its importance will only increase in the future. That is why the government identified it as one of the UK’s eight great technologies, and why we are committed to remaining at the forefront of this technology through the establishment of The Alan Turing Institute."

EPSRC chief executive Philip Nelson said: “Big Data plays an increasing role in research across many scientific and engineering fields and therefore it is vital that the UK stays at the leading edge in this area.”

The Institute’s objective will be to ensure that the UK continues to develop the analytical methods that support the country’s ability to exploit publicly or privately owned large datasets.

It will provide a national centre to promote advanced research and translational work in the application of data science and the associated computational algorithms.

The government’s investment of £42 million to 2020 includes an initial capital investment of £20 million and support for operating costs to assist in funding the Institute.

The Institute will have a physical location and will bring together leaders in advanced mathematics and computing science. Its work is expected to encompass a wide range of scientific disciplines and be relevant to a wide range of business sectors.

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