Digital Research & Development Fund for the Arts

The £7 million Digital R&D Fund for the Arts is a partnership between the Arts Council, the AHRC and Nesta. http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Pages/Digital-Research-Development-Fund-for-the-Arts.aspx

It will support research and development projects that use digital technology to enhance audience reach and/or explore new business models for organisations with arts projects.

The fund is open for application 2012-15, organisations with arts projects, oechnology providers and researchers or research teams are invited to form collaborative relationships and make joint funding applications.

Themes of the fund

The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts has been designed to accommodate a range of innovation projects which will include key themes identified in collaboration with the arts sector:

  • User generated content and social media: harnessing the power of the internet and social media to reach audiences and to give them a platform for discussion, participation and creativity
  • Distribution and exhibition: using digital technologies to deliver artistic experiences and content in new ways in online and place based environments, including exploring international distribution and exhibition
  • Mobile, location and games: developing a new generation of mobile and location-based experiences and services, including games
  • Data and archives: making archives, collections and other data more widely available to other arts organisations and the general public
  • Resources: using digital technologies to improve the way in which arts organisations are run including business efficiency and income generation and the way in which they collaborate with each other
  • Education and learning: developing interactive education and learning resources for children, teachers, young people, adult learners and arts sector professionals
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