UK government announces funds for AI researchers

The UK government has announced a joint government-industry investment of £370 million for the creation of 2700 new PhD places in bioscience and artificial intelligence (AI). Of the overall sum, £200 million will be used to fund 1000 new PhDs over the next five years, focused on two main areas: AI that could help diagnose diseases like cancer earlier, and AI that could make industries such as aviation and automotive more sustainable. The remaining £170 million will be allocated to funding 1700 PhDs in biosciences, to focus on (a) finding innovative ways to feel the world population and secure sustainable food production, (b) developing renewable, low carbon sources of energy, transport fuels and chemicals, and (c) helping people stay healthier for longer.