Creative Clusters Programme

£80M INVESTMENT INTO CREATIVE INDUSTRY R&D PARTNERSHIPS

The Creative Industries Clusters Programme will invest £80m in eight new creative research & development partnerships bringing together the UK’s renowned creative industries with our world-leading university sector.

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CREATIVE INDUSTRIES CLUSTERS PROGRAMME

The Creative Industries Clusters Programme starting in 2018, will invest £80m in eight new creative research & development partnerships bringing together the UK’s renowned creative industries with arts and humanities led research from our world-leading university sector.

The Programme will act as a catalyst to further grow the creative economy unlocking emerging fields and adapting new technologies with a new wave of R&D that will open up exciting ways to create, distribute, and participate in products and experiences.

Part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, this programme will drive economic growth through the development of exciting new products and services, generating a step-change in the creation of new jobs and the supply of high-value skills to fill them.

The Creative R&D Partnerships competition garnered a huge response with over 60 expressions of interest in bidding to host one of up to eight partnerships. The stage 1 shortlist was announced on 23rd February with 22 bidders through to the second stage of applications, which closes on 5th April 2018. The awards will be announced in early September 2018.

For further information about this competition, view more information and the official call documents.

CREATIVE cluster Shortlisted Bids

The 22 shortlisted proposals, bidding to become one of the Creative R&D Partnerships, cover a variety of industries, from Wales’s dynamic audio-visual sector to Dundee’s video games industry and Leeds’ energetic fashion sector.

A total of 65 partnerships between industry, universities and other sector organisations submitted “statements of intent” at the end of last year. Due to the high demand and quality of proposals submitted, the AHRC has shortlisted more than was originally expected.

The full list of bids (who opted to share information) is listed below, click on any bid to see the full bid summary:

bid infographic

To help visualise the geographic distribution of the 22 bidders shortlisted for the 1st stage of the Creative R&D Partnerships, an infographic has been designed to illustrate the scale and breadth of the bids.

The original infographic showing the 65 statements of intent (SOI) is available for reference:

» SOI infographic
» View interactive map of initial SOIs

KEY DATES

Engagement events2nd – 20th October 2017
Deadline for statement of intent submissions27th October 2017
Deadline for applications – Stage 17th December 2017
Outcomes of Stage 1 assessment panelFebruary 2018
Deadline for applications – Stage 210th April 2018
Interview panel for shortlisted applications5th–6th June 2018
Announcement of successful proposalsEarly September 2018
Latest start date for Creative R&D PartnershipsOctober 2018

Call Documents

The official documentation for the Creative R&D Partnerships call is available from the AHRC website where you will find:

From film and music to video games and architecture, the UK has one of the world’s largest, most innovative and fastest growing creative industries.

The Programme will act as a catalyst to further grow the creative economy unlocking emerging fields and adapting new technologies with a new wave of R&D that will open up exciting ways to create, distribute, and participate in products and experiences.

Part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, this programme will drive economic growth through the development of exciting new products and services, generating a step-change in the creation of new jobs and the supply of high-value skills to fill them.

While providing the impetus for the creative industries to flourish across the UK, this investment will also expand international trade and secure the UK’s reputation as having the world’s leading creative industries.

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