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AP SCI (Accelerate Programme for Scientific Discovery) are offering small grants for Cambridge University researchers pursuing innovative applications of AI in research or real-world contexts including research, events, workshops, teaching, or software development, with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration.

Submission deadline: 17:00 on Wednesday 18 September 2024

Funding Amount: up to £25,000


The Accelerate Programme’s mission is to drive a step-change in research and innovation at Cambridge through the application of data science in AI. They are keen to support the use of AI to help progress the excellent research happening across the University. Interdisciplinary collaborations are vital to this mission, and the Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery brings together researchers and expertise from across the University with the aim of enhancing interdisciplinary research. Working together, through this call, AP SCI seeks to support projects to start or scale interdisciplinary collaborations to deploy AI to tackle research and real-world challenges. 

The aim is to support a number of successful applications, and funding is offered of up to £25,000. 


Applications are open to any PhD students or members of staff at the University of Cambridge, working in any discipline, including natural, physical, social, medical, and computer sciences, arts, humanities, and engineering.

PhD students are eligible to apply to the Accelerate-C2D3 funding call and need to ensure they have the approval of their PI and home department before submitting their application. Under the University guidelines, a named PI will be required to set up the funds in your home department, please ensure they are named in your application. Any queries about eligibility can be sent to

Application Deadline: 17:00 on Wednesday 18 September.

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For further details see Accelerate Programme's webpage, check out the FAQs, or email