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REPHRAIN – UKRI Protecting Citizens Online funding call event

The latest UKRI Protecting Citizens Online programme funding call was launched at the end of May 2021. There will be approximately £11M available to fund 4 successful large proposals.

To support the UKRI, the REPHRAIN centre ran an information event to bring together members of the academic and industry community. The focus of the event was to provide the opportunity for interested parties to engage with each other and to support the synthesis of ideas for potential proposals. As with other UKRI calls there will be an emphasis for successful proposals to have strong engagement with external stakeholders.

As part of the event’s agenda, three panels were run, each chaired by a member of the REPHRAIN Strategic Board. The panels were based around the three research themes that the funding call hopes to address (further details of these can be found in the REPHRAIN scoping document):

1. Understanding citizens’ needs and empowering them in ever changing threat contexts
2. Navigating information asymmetries between state, companies and citizens
3. What does good or balanced look like?

Thank you to all who attended, the presentation slide deck can be found here.

REPHRAIN Quarterly Newsletter

The REPHRAIN Centre have launched our centre newsletter – this will be sent on a quarterly basis and will complement both this page and our twitter account, providing greater detail on some of the larger developments both in our work and in the broader field.

A dedicated page complete with archive and sign-up details can be found here.

REPHRAIN Strategic Funding Call (now closed)

We are very pleased to announce that the first REPHRAIN Strategic Funding Call window for applications was a great success and is now closed.

Since its launch, the REPHRAIN Centre team has been engaging in a series of scoping activities – involving consultation workshops as well as literature reviews with the aim of identifying priority areas for the first REPHRAIN Strategic Funding Call.

Full details of the call, topics and submission process are now available here.

The total funding for this call is £500,000 (at 100% fEC), of which 80% will be funded by REPHRAIN. We expect to fund multiple proposals from this fund and will consider larger proposals that address more than one topic area.  All funded projects must be completed by 30 June 2022.

See a below timeline for key dates.

Call open: 19 April 2021
Call closes: 21 May 2021
Decision panel: w/c 21 June 2021
Successful applicants notified: w/c 28 June 2021
Projects to start from: 05 July 2021

22 March, 2021 – New white paper by the REPHRAIN Practitioner-in Residence, Erik van de Sandt

Towards Data Scientific Investigations: A Comprehensive Data Science Framework and Case Study for Investigating Organized Crime and Serving the Public Interest

Prepared by Erik van de Sandt, Arthur van Bunningen, Jarmo van Lenthe, John Fokker

Abstract: Big Data problems thwart the effectiveness of today’s organized crime investigations. A frequently proposed solution is the introduction of ‘smart’ data science technologies to process raw data into factual evidence. This transition to – what we call – data scientific investigations is nothing less than a paradigm shift for law enforcement agencies, and cannot be done alone. Yet a common language for data scientific investigations is so far missing. This white paper therefore presents guiding principles and best practices for data scientific investigations of organized crime, developed and put into practice by operational experts over several years, while connecting to existing law enforcement and industry standards. The associated framework is called CSAE (pronounced as ‘see-say’): a comprehensive framework that consists of a business process, methodology, policy agenda and public interest philosophy for data scientific operations.

Paper available for download here.