• Status: Closed

  • Key features: Investment of up to £4 million in collaborative R&D projects that stimulate innovation in the UK’s creative industries.

  • Programme: Collaborative research and development

  • Award: Up to £4 million

  • Opens: 09 Nov 2015, 00:00

  • Registration closes: 23 Dec 2015, 12:00

  • Closes: 06 Jan 2016, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

Cross-platform production in digital media

Summary

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in collaborative R&D projects that stimulate innovation in the UK's creative industries.
 
This competition aims to support projects that address convergence in digital media technologies. It covers film, television, online video, animation and video games, and includes pre- production, production and post- production processes, particularly for visual effects technologies.
 
Projects must be collaborative and led by a business. We expect to fund mainly industrial research projects. Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium- sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%.
 
We expect projects to range in size from total costs of £300,000 to £750,000, although we may consider projects outside this range.
 
This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 9 November 2015. The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 6 January 2016.
 
There was a briefing event for potential applicants in London on 11 November 2015.

Scope

Production is at the heart of this competition, and successful applications will address the technical challenges of producing creative content across a range of media and devices, and on different platforms. With consumers accessing content in an increasing variety of ways, we are interested in applications that address the fragmentation brought about by new devices and networks, as well as the fresh contexts in which content can be consumed. This competition also encourages exploration of the production opportunities arising from new digital technologies in audio and visual effects production.

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Key dates

Competition opens 9 November 2015
Competition briefing 11 November 2015
Registration deadline 23 December 2015 noon
Expressions of interest deadline 6 January 2016 noon
Stage 2 opens for invited applicants 8 February 2016
Deadline for invited applications 10 March 2016 noon