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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) will empower 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.

Our Partners

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Be part of the future of food production

Applications are now open. Apply by 28th April 2024.

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. 

There are twelve studentships available as part of the first cohort, starting in October 2024. 

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

Interested in becoming part of the AI-enhanced food production revolution? See our Application Page for  studentship details and how to apply. 

Open Call for Collaborative Studentship Proposals

Deadline for industry and academic proposal submissions is 19th March 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. Please send this application form to

Watch our Proposal Launch webinar here, or download the event presentation 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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