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Information Commissioner’s Office Grants Programme

Thu 4 Feb 2021

Application Deadline: 11 March 2021

Grants are available for academic institutions, civil society groups, trade and industry associations and organisations to support independent research into privacy and data protection issues and develop privacy enhancing solutions.

Grants of between £20,000 and £100,000 are available.

An estimated budget of £250,000 will be available each year (subject to an annual review). Additional funds may be made available in exceptional circumstances where existing demand and budget allow.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) are administering funding through their grants programme which is likely to be offered on an annual basis for the duration of the current Information Commissioner’s, Elizabeth Denham’s, tenure (until 2021).

The aim of the fund is to provide grants which will give practical research and policy a stronger voice in the evolution of Information Rights and help to achieve the strategic goals of the Information Rights Strategic Plan.

The objectives of the Grants Programme are to:

Support and encourage research and privacy enhancing solutions in significant areas of data protection risk, focused on projects that will make a real difference to the UK public

Increase awareness of privacy enhancing solutions with data controllers across the UK

Improve understanding of how individuals view privacy issues, interactions with new technologies and promote better public awareness

Promote uptake and application of research results by relevant stakeholders, including policy makers

Develop existing privacy research capacity in academic and not-for-profit sectors.

For more information and to apply, see the Information Commissioner's Office website.