A call for short research projects: Understanding, preventing and responding to cyber crime

The Home Office, in collaboration with
the Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security
is pleased to release

 A call for short research projects on

Understanding, preventing and responding to cyber crime


Closing Date: 26th June 2018

An invitation to apply for grant funding, from OSCT Research and Analysis, Home Office

Summary of requirement
The Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security (RISCS) is expanding its interdisciplinary research community to develop further collaboration between the social sciences and cyber security professions. This is being complemented by development of a new cyber crime-focused research programme, commissioned by the Home Office, via funding from the National Cyber Security Programme. The research programme will comprise both longer term, multi-year research projects and also shorter-term research. This grant call is for short research projects commencing in 2018/19 financial year and completing by end September 2019 at the latest.

In order to inform the grant calls, consultation activities were held with policymakers, law enforcement, academics and other stakeholders to discuss evidence gaps in the cyber crime field. This identified a range of key areas that need to be addressed to inform policy and operational priorities. The Home Office is now inviting proposals for short projects addressing these evidence gaps for funding in 2018/19 FY and into the first half of 2019/20 FY only. These themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Costs and consequences of cyber crime.
  • Cyber “Protect” – improving cyber security behaviours amongst the public and businesses.
  • Cyber “Prepare” – understanding more about victims of cyber crime; resilience; victim support and advice and how to improve reporting of cyber crimes.
  • Cyber “Prevent” – understanding offenders, pathways and offender interventions.
  • Cyber “Pursue” – disruption techniques and offender business models.
  • Future technological developments and policing of cyber crime.
  • International dimensions for cyber crime.

Projects may start as soon as possible in 2018/19 and can deliver anytime up to end September 2019 with a total budget of up to £400k available for multiple projects. This comprises up to £250k funding available during 2018/19 FY and up to £150k during 2019/20 FY. The number of projects funded depends upon the proposals received.We welcome proposals with collaborative, multi-disciplinary approaches, employing any appropriate and justified methodological techniques. Social sciences should form a major contribution to the project and the role it plays should be clear in the proposal.

Applicants are required to provide in their proposals:

  • An outline of the proposed approach and scope of the project.
  • The research outputs and how they will provide impact for policy-makers or operational stakeholders.
  • CVs for individuals who will be involved in the project, including any relevant background knowledge and expertise regarding the proposed area of work.

Full details can be found at Short Research Projects grant call May 2018 (opens PDF)