The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts is a 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 companies and academic researchers to collaborate on experiments from which the wider arts and cultural sector can learn.

Over three years, starting from 2012/13, the Fund awarded £6.7 million tosupport 52 research and development projects that use digital technology to enhance arts' audience reach and/or explore new business models. 

The fund had 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.

Applications to the fund are now closed.

Native: learning from the Digital R&D Fund 

Sharing the learning from funded projects is a crucial part of the fund. The vehicle for this is the Native website and journal. Native features regularly updates on the funded projects as well as a growing bank of articles, resources and other content that gives practical insights into innovative arts projects using digital technology. Alongside the website, Native is also available in print edition. Sign up to the Native mailing list to learn the latest about digital innovation in the arts.

Details of funded projects

Find out about all 52 funded projects via the links to the left.