SPRITE+: The Security, Privacy, Identity, and Trust Engagement NetworkPlus

Project: Research-related funding

Project Details


SPRITE+ is a NetworkPlus that will deliver a step change in engagement between people involved in research, practice, and policy relevant to trust, identity, privacy, and security (TIPS) with a focus on digital contexts. SPRITE+ will deliver a coherent, coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach, with strong stakeholder relationships at the centre. Collectively, we will identify and address key research challenges.

Our activities will be centred around 'Challenge Themes', which will be broad, future-focused, and important to a wide range of stakeholders, where issues of security, privacy, identity, and trust are all relevant, and where an interdisciplinary approach is essential to fully addressing the Challenge. Examples might be Responsible innovation; Automation, autonomy, acceptability; Usable Security; 'Super-connectivity'; Risk, resilience, and recovery; Digital Identities.

Over the lifetime of SPRITE+, Working Groups will explore each Theme, producing comprehensive, cross-disciplinary understanding of key themes and making recommendations for future research priorities. Members will have the opportunity to bid to our £400K research fund via sandpits at which they will co-create proposals with users, e.g., for events, feasibility studies, and sprint reviews.

SPRITE+ is led by a Management Team (the PI, 4 co-Is), working closely with Project Partners from across industry, government, third sector and academia. A cadre of Expert Fellows will complement the Management Team's expertise and will help SPRITE+ develop a multidisciplinary approach to realising its vision. Fellows will provide intellectual leadership, take a leading role in Working Groups, and help bridge the gaps between diverse cognate groups and networks. A Strategic Advisory Board will review and develop SPRITE+'s performance. Membership will be open to all with an interest in research on security, privacy, identity, and trust. Members will receive a newsletter, access to online resources, and oportunities to attend events and bid for funds.

The outcomes of our activities will be (a) a vibrant collaborative community, with strong collaborative relationships and increased industry investment in new research; (b) an expanded academic TIPS community, that includes researchers from humanities, behavioural and social sciences, and from other areas of 'security science'; (c) a community of Early Career Researchers who understand users and have the skills and knowledge to deliver high quality impactful research in their future careers; (d) mutual support and understanding between cognate groups and networks; and e) a set of roadmaps that shape future research investment priorities.
Short title£1.3 million
Effective start/end date1/09/1931/08/21