The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts is a £7 million strategic partnership between the Arts Council, Nesta and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). It is unique in encouraging organisations with arts projects, digital technology providers and academic researchers to collaborate experiments from which the wider arts and cultural sector can learn.
Over three years, starting from 2012/13, the Fund will support research and development projects that use digital technology to enhance arts' audience reach and/or explore new business models.
It has six priority themes: user generated content and social media, digital distribution and exhibition, mobile location and games, data and archives, resources and education and learning.
Apply now: final call for proposals
The fund opened in 13 July 2012. The final deadline for applications is 7 January 2014. For more information and to apply, visit the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts website. Watch the video above to see if your idea fits with the purpose of the fund.
Up until September 2013, £2.65 million has been invested in 24 projects, leaving £4.35 million still available. To complement the main fund, an additional strand, Research+, has been set up to allow for projects which are already underway, but where research is not yet integral to the project to apply for funding solely to support the involvement of a researcher. More details here.
Native: learning from the Digital R&D Fund
Sharing learning from funded projects is a crucial aspect of the fund. The vehicle for this is the Native website and journal. Here you will find regularly updated details of the funded projects as well as a growing bank of articles and other content that gives practical insights into how to deliver innovative arts projects using digital technology. Alongside the website, Native will also be available in print edition. To have a chance to receive that as well as monthly digest of the best content sign up to the Native mailing list.
Details of funded projects
Explore all of the funded projects to date on the links to the left.