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£15m Technology Strategy Board Funding for Cross-Platform Production in Digital Media

The Technology Strategy Board's Creative Industries Strategy launched in September 2013 sets out an ambitious plan to support innovation and growth in the UK's creative media sectors. In a groundbreaking new programme of work, in excess of £25m of investment will be pumped into the UK's creative media over the next two years.

Opening for applications on 23 September 2013, the first of the funding competitions will be the Cross-Platform Production in Digital Media. Announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in this year’s Budget, this £15m competition addresses the challenges of convergence in digital technologies, and covers film and television, online video, animation and video games (including pre-production, production and post-production processes).

This competition will fund business-led R&D projects within these industries to develop new applications, tools, devices and software that will sustain creative and commercial success on a global stage.

Successful applications will address the technical challenges of producing creative content across a range of media, devices and platforms. With consumers accessing content in an increasing variety of ways, the Technology Strategy Board are interested in projects that address the fragmentation brought about by new devices and networks, and new contexts in which content can be consumed. This competition particularly encourages exploration of the production opportunities that arise from new digital technologies in audio and visual effects production.

Collaborative R&D projects of two or more partners will attract up to 50% public funding of their eligible project costs (60% for SMEs). It is expected that collaborative R&D projects will range in size from £300k to £2m, though larger projects may also be considered. Projects should last between 12 and 24 months and must be business-led.

Up to £1m of the total funding will be made available for single business-led feasibility studies. These may attract up to 65% public funding of eligible project costs (75% for SMEs). Typically, feasibility study projects will range in size from £100k to £120k and last between six and 12 months.

Key Dates and Briefing Events

The collaborative R&D and feasibility study elements of this competition both open on 23 September 2013. The deadline for registration for both is 6 November 2013, and the deadline for completed feasibility studies applications and collaborative R&D expressions of interest is noon on 13 November 2013. A briefing event for both strands will take place in London on 30 September 2013. To register to attend this event please visit here.

Additional regional briefing events will also be taking place in Manchester on 1 October, Glasgow 2 October, Gateshead 3 October, Birmingham 15 October and Cardiff 17 October - to register please visit here.  

Further information and how to apply

Cross-Platform Production in Digital Media Production - Collaborative R&D

Cross-Platform production in Digital media - Feasibility Studies

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