ESRC Digital Good Network


The Public Voices in AI Fund: call for applications

Pvai Fund

The Public Voices in AI Fund invites proposals for projects which seek to ensure that uses of AI are informed by the voices of people underrepresented in or negatively impacted by AI. By ‘uses of AI,’ we mean AI research, development, deployment and policy.

We invite project proposals up to the value of £50,000 which are led by organisations in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE).

The Public Voices in AI Fund is part of Public Voices in AI, which aims to ensure that public views and voices are front and centre in all uses of AI. Public Voices in AI builds, shares and reviews knowledge and understanding about public views on AI and encourages a range of AI users and stakeholders to engage diverse communities in AI research, development, use and policy-making.

Public Voices in AI is funded by RAI UK (which is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)). It is a collaboration between the Digital Good Network at the University of Sheffield, the Ada Lovelace Institute, the Alan Turing Institute and University College London. The project web page explains our work in more detail.

Public Voices in AI runs from April 2024 to March 2025. Because of this short timeframe , the Public Voices in AI Fund a) requires applications to build on established relationships with groups negatively affected by or underrepresented in AI and b) invites proposals that build on existing activities.  Projects funded by the Public Voices in AI Fund must be complete by the end of 2024 with a final project output due by 31 January 2025.

Find out more about the fund, including the eligibility criteria here.

Sign up for our launch event on Thursday 6 July 2024 here.