MyWorld is delighted to announce that the second and final Collaborative Research and Development (CR&D) Open Call, led by Digital Catapult, will open for applications on 9 October 2023.  

The aim of this competition is to support business-focused research and innovation in the creative industries in the West of England.

Led by industry in collaboration with an academic partner, the CR&D open call is open to addressing the challenges facing creative industries from across the Creative Continuum.

Projects must demonstrate a high level of ambition to deliver technological advancement and its application to industry challenges. By partnering with research organisations in the region, projects will accelerate the adoption of research and development (R&D) and deliver innovations in the production of media in the UK and beyond.

Grant funding of £100,000 -  £200,000 is available to undertake a Collaborative R&D project, lasting between 12 - 18 months.  

The lead organisation needs to be a UK-registered business collaborating with researchers from one of the four universities in the region; the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, the University of Bristol or the University of the West of England. Projects must focus on screen-based and immersive technologies within the creative sector industries. Projects must intend to exploit the results of the collaborative R&D from or in the West of England region. 

Key Dates: 

Call guidance published on IFS website: 11 September 2023 

Applications open: 9 October 2023 

CR&D applicant in-person briefing event: 12 October 2023 

CR&D applicant online briefing event: 18 October 2023 

Applications close: 6 December 2023 

Bookable online weekly 15-minute surgeries for teams to seek advice about their applications will be available between 11 September and 6 December. Bookings will open from 1 September 2023 

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