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The International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies (OBVIA) is launching the 4th phase of its call for innovative projects with a total budget of $CA 1,000,000 to support research projects from one to three years long, up to a maximum of $CA 125,000 per project.
In order to support the development of early career researchers and collegial researchers , a part of the budget is dedicated to fund at least one project submitted by an early career researcher and one project submitted by a college researcher.
OBVIA is an open research network that brings together the expertise of more than 220 researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, and Health. It is also an open space for discussion and reflection for all stakeholders in the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) and digital technologies.
Centred around a critical interrogation of technological innovations, the Observatory’s mission is to raise crucial issues and identify plausible solutions for the problems and opportunities stemming from the rise of AI and digital technology in the province of Quebec and elsewhere in the world.
OBVIA aims to contribute to the common good that must be pursued through digital innovation. Via knowledge production and research-creation projects, OBVIA addresses technology’s benefits to society and engages democratic institutions.
EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
OBVIA promotes and integrates the values of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all of its activities. An open and diverse community promotes the inclusion of the voices of those who have been under-represented or discouraged. OBVIA welcomes individuals/projects who/that have demonstrated their commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion values and will help us increase our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. We encourage applications from groups members who have been marginalized for any of the reasons listed in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms (CHRF), including gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability status, political belief, religion, family status, age, First Nations, Metis or Inuit status or Indigenous status.
OBJECTIVES OF THE CALL
This call for projects has for objectives to:
Le présent appel à projets a pour objectif de:
- Support research and creation on responsible innovation and the major societal transformations associated with AI and digital technologies (NumerIA) and the dynamics that structure them.
- Support the development of new interdisciplinary research teams while attracting early career researchers to conduct research on the societal impacts of NumerIA.
- Supporting cross-sectoral projects of importance for Quebec and for other societies facing the same issues in terms of the societal impacts of AI and digital technologies.
- Support the development of research projects and new knowledge related to the five OBVIA’s Scientific Guidelines (in French only) which are:
- Contribute to promoting inclusion and mitigating bias
- Improving access to data while respecting the rights of everyone
- Contribute to better control of artificial intelligence algorithms and digital systems
- Supporting responsible and effective adoption of AI and digital technologies by organizations
- Promote constructive and democratic dialogue through accessible appropriation of AI and digital
- A principal investigator must be a researcher member of OBVIA.
- At least two other researchers must also be researcher member of OBVIA.
- The project must be based on the concept of responsible innovation.
- The project must contribute at least to two different OBVIA’s research themes (Arts, Media and Cultural Diversity; Industry 4.0, Work and Employment; Environment, Smart Cities, Territory and Mobility; Ethics, Governance and Democracy; Law, Cyberjustice and Cybersecurity; Education and Empowerment; and Sustainable Health).
- The project must propose explicit links with at least one of OBVIA’s three functions other than Research and Creation (Monitoring and Survey; Deliberation; Public Policy).
- Research and creation. Precision of the project, its hypotheses and methodology, and their coherence with OBVIA’s mission. Quality of the principal investigators’ and co-investigators’ CVs.
- Team, attraction, training and retention of research actors. Support for the next research generation. Relevance and justification of the size and complementarity of the team.
- Capacity for scientific growth. Potential for societal impacts and creative outreach.
- Stimulation of partnerships and networking. Active participation of scientific and non-scientific collaborators and partners is strongly encouraged. The main focus needs to remain on the development of knowledge that contributes to the common good, not to the interests of organizations and companies.
- Knowledge mobilization. The project must demonstrate a strong potential for knowledge mobilization and transfer.
FORMS AND APPLY
Please note that the English versions of the forms will be available in the next few days.
All project proposals must be submitted in a single email to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include:
- the submission form in .docx version ;
- If you run out of space to submit all your team membres, complete one (or more) additionnal Team page.
- If you are not able to enter correctly your budget in the form, you can use this spreadsheet in .xlsx
- CVs of principal and co-investigators (two-page CVs);
- Letters of support from partners, if applicable ;
- Illustrations and/or graphics may be included in the appendix.
The deadline for submission of a project is Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
For further information about the OBVIA’s call for innovative projects, you can send your questions to: