Digital R&D Fund for the Arts - Briefing event


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The £7 million Digital R&D Fund for the Arts is a partnership between the Arts Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Nesta.

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, Technology providers and Researchers or research teams are invited to form collaborative relationships and make joint funding applications.

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Digital R&D Fund for the Arts - Briefing event

  1. 1. Briefing #artsdigital
  2. 2. What is it?£7 Million partnership:To supportcollaborationbetween:With no more than £125K per project(including research)In order to generate knowledge that isbeneficial to the wider arts sector
  3. 3. What is it?The Fund supports new digital projects that enhance:• Audience reachand/or• Develops new business modelsWithin one of the Fund’s thematic areas:UGC & social media; Digital distribution & exhibition;mobile location & games; data & archive; Resources;Education & learning
  4. 4. How does it work?• Fund accepting applications over the next 2 years until March 2014 (with another year to complete projects)• Stage 1: Expression of interest – once submitted you will find out in 7 weeks if successful or not• Stage 2: Final application – 5 application periods – you will find out if successful at EoI stage
  5. 5. Participating organisationsThe Organisation with an Arts project:• Has to be an organisation based in England• With a project that is based in EnglandThe Research team• Based in the UK• Must be working with or supported by a UK Higher Education Institution or an AHRC recognised Independent Research Organisation• Must be actively engaged in postdoctoral research and be of postdoctoral standing• Must have demonstrable research expertise in one or more of the Fund’s thematic areasThe Technology partner• Can be based anywhere in the world
  6. 6. Expression of Interest (EoI)3 Different Expressions of Interest
  7. 7. Group A vs. Group B: What’s the difference?Group A – arts, tech and research already combined• Organisations with arts projects working with technology providers and researchers• Pre-existing relationships with researchersGroup B – just arts and tech – need a research partner• Organisations working with a technology provider but have NOT yet identified a researcher.• For organisations without a relationship with researchers• EoI exactly the same except does not contain researcher questionsNo advantage given for applying to either A or B
  8. 8. Groups A&B: Application formGroup A• Proposition• Project research and learning/wider impact• Collaboration• Project delivery• ResearchGroup B• Proposition• Project research and learning/wider impact• Collaboration• Project delivery
  9. 9. Group A&B: Eligibility CriteriaAn organisation based in EnglandYou must have an arts project located in Englandworking with digital technologies to:• expand its audience reach and engagement and/or explore new business modelsYour proposal must include:• Group A: a three way partnership arts, tech, research• Group B: a two way partnership arts & techYour proposal must fall under one (or more) of theFund’s thematic areasYour proposal must demonstrate clear benefit to thepublic
  10. 10. Group A&B: Selection CriteriaProposition:• How innovative is the digital proposition insofar as it relates to the Fund’s audience reach/engagement & new business model objectives?• How important is testing the digital proposition for the wider arts sector?Project research and learning/wider impact:• What potential does the project have to deliver data/research findings that are of relevance and value to the wider arts sector?• What potential does the project have to deliver new products/services that can be shared and used by other arts organisations?• How will the project disseminate the knowledge (research, data and learning) generated by the project?
  11. 11. Group A&B: Selection CriteriaCollaboration:• Arts partner: does the organisation have a track record in the arts and arts projects?• Technology provider: does the organisation identified as the technology provider have the relevant skills/track record to deliver the work?Collaboration just for Group A• Does the researcher/team have a good track record of research, especially in the subject area of the proposed project?• What is the researcher/team’s track record of collaborating with arts organisations/technology organisations?
  12. 12. Group A&B: Selection CriteriaProject delivery:• How well do the applicants demonstrate their ability to deliver the project?• What is their capacity to engage in the R&D?• Do they have buy in from senior management/CEO?Research: Just for Group A• Does the proposed research methodology match the project proposal?• How will the research proposed benefit the arts sector more widely?
  13. 13. Group C – Selection criteriaResearch discipline• Main areas of research expertise/interest• Previous research relating to the fund’s thematic areasExpertise and experience• Previous experience of research collaborations with arts organisations and/or technology providers• Please briefly highlight what research methodology was usedResearch impact• How would your involvement benefit the fund’s objectives• Anticipated benefits to the wider arts sector to your research/research discipline• How would you support the dissemination and wider impact of the funds research outputs?CV/Biography
  14. 14. Finding a PartnerCollaborative Workshop• If successful at EoI stage Groups B&C are required to attend one of a number of Collaborative Workshop to meet potential partners on the projectWebsite• Collaborative platform on R&D Fund website to help you find a project partner• Search by region, specialism, partner type
  15. 15. Final ApplicationOnly those successful at EoI can applyIf you are successful at EoI stage, everyone:• Has 12 months to submit an application or by 12noon on the 10th of March 2014• Take time to develop the project – get the right people and commitments in placeGroup B&C:• MUST work with partners that have already been successful at EoI stage or the project will be invalid.• Does not have to have been at the same workshop
  16. 16. Further Information• Website:• Contact: Angela Pugh• Email:• Address: Nesta, 1 Plough Place, London EC4A 1DE