Digital R&D fund for the Arts Briefing event presentation


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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 presentation

  1. 1. Briefing #artsdigital
  2. 2. What is it? £7 Million FundTo generate knowledge for wider arts sectorUp to £125K per project (including research)
  3. 3. What is it?New digital projects that: • Enhance audience reach • Develops new business modelsKey thematic areas: • UGC & social media • Digital distribution & exhibition • Mobile location & games • Data & archive • Resources • Education & learning
  4. 4. How does it work?Two Stage Approach:• Stage 1: Expression of interest – Rolling selection process – Light touch application form – 7 week turn around – Application period open NOW – Dec. 30th 2013• Stage 2: Final application – Find out more details if successful at EoI stage
  5. 5. Project CollaboratorsLead Applicant:• Any organisation with an arts project• Based in England• Project based in EnglandThe Technology provider• Appropriate technical skills• No restriction on locationThe Researcher/Research team• Based in the UK• Working/supported by a UK Higher Education Institution or AHRC recognised Independent Research Organisation• Postdoctoral standing• Expertise in Thematic Areas
  6. 6. Stage 1: Expression of Interest (EoI)Focus on Collaborations between
  7. 7. Application Form• Proposition• Project research & learning/wider impact• Collaboration• Project delivery• Research
  8. 8. Eligibility CriteriaAn organisation based in EnglandArts project located in England working with digitaltechnologies to:• expand audience reach and engagement and/or explore new business models for the arts sectorLooking for a three way partnership arts, tech,researchProject must fall under one (or more) of the thematicareasProject must demonstrate clear benefit to the public
  9. 9. Proposition: Selection Criteria• 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?
  10. 10. 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• 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?
  11. 11. 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:• Does the proposed research methodology match the project proposal?• How will the research proposed benefit the arts sector more widely?
  12. 12. ResearchersResearch 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
  13. 13. Finding a PartnerWebsite• Collaborative platform on R&D Fund website to help you find a project partner• Search by region, specialism, partner type
  14. 14. 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 place
  15. 15. Further Information• Website:• Contact: Angela Pugh• Email:• Address: Nesta, 1 Plough Place, London EC4A 1DE