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Welcome to the UKRI AI Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Understandable agri-food Systems Transformed by Artificial INtelligence (SUSTAIN).

SUSTAIN is a collaboration between the Universities of Lincoln, Aberdeen, Queen’s Belfast and Strathclyde, and focuses on the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to sustainable agri-food.

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Where the next generation of AI science takes root.

The SUSTAIN Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) empowers the next generation of AI scientists to invent, develop and deploy technologies, co-created with growers and agri-food practitioners. 


SUSTAIN facilitates meaningful partnerships between academics and industry, investing in stakeholder-driven innovation.

Open Call for Collaborative Studentship Proposals

Deadline for Applications: 18th September 2024

We are delighted to announce a call for Studentship Proposals, open to all potential SUSTAIN CDT supervisors and industry partners.


Funded by UKRI (with some contribution from the industry partner), these proposals aim to engage industry partners in a PhD studentship focused on their specific business challenges, as well as interests of the wider intelligent sustainable agri-food community.

Authorised people within our partner organisations and staff authorised to supervise PhD students within our partner universities are welcome to apply.


For more information, please read this guidance document. To submit a project proposal, please download and complete this application form and email the completed copy to

Download the event presentation from our Proposal Launch webinar for more details.

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Please download and return completed forms to

If you have interest but you don’t have a fully formed proposal yet, please complete the Expression of Interest (EoI) form here

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Be part of the future of food production

Applications for 2024-25 are now closed. 

Applications are invited for fully-funded four-year PhD studentships to join the SUSTAIN doctoral training program conducting research in the application of Artificial Intelligence to sustainable agri-food.

Our fully-funded studentship package includes: 

  • All PhD tuition fees paid 

  • A tax-free stipend at UKRI rates to cover living costs 

  • A Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) 

  • Additional funding to support outreach and development

Twelve studentships will be available as part of the second cohort, starting in October 2025. Contact to request notification of 2025 application dates.

Our Partners

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