The government is sponsoring new PhDs and researchers as part of £370 million investment to transform healthcare, improve mental health diagnosis and build more sustainable transport.
A combined government and industry investment of £370 million will deliver 2,700 new PhD places in biosciences and AI.
Of this, £200 million will fund 1,000 new PhD places over the next 5 years to study AI which could help diagnose diseases earlier and make industries, including aviation and automotive, more sustainable.
The first 200 students will be studying at 14 universities across the country, working closely with 300 leading businesses, including AstraZeneca, Google, Rolls-Royce and NHS Trusts.
The students’ projects include working closely with the NHS to transform healthcare systems – helping address the world’s ageing society.
This could improve diagnosis of life-threatening illnesses like cancer, accelerate the development and access to new drugs, design personalised medicine and improve care.
Commenting, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The UK has educated, trained and developed some of the best scientists in the world – and we must continue to lead the world in AI and technology with our incredible talent and innovative breakthroughs.”
Adding: “That’s why we’re investing millions of pounds to create hundreds of new AI and bioscience PhDs, so new research and development can thrive here in the UK and solve the biggest challenges that face us – from climate change to better healthcare.”