Creative Industries Strategy and Investment Programme 2013-14

Strategy Publication

Creative Industries Strategy

The Technology Strategy Board's new Creative Industries Strategy (pdf) was published in September 2013. This sets out an ambitious plan for innovation and growth in the creative media sectors over the next three years. Alongside the Strategy, the Technology Strategy Board officially announced funding programmes worth £26m. This major new investment is intended to boost innovation and growth for the UK's creative and digital businesses.

The Creative Industries KTN has been working with the Technology Strategy Board to deliver activities to support this programme, including events around the country where potential applicants have been able to network and find out more about the individual competitions.

See below for a list of the funding programmes. Regularly updated details/ information about all of the competitions including scope, application process, key dates and briefing events will be available here as they are announced by the Technology Strategy Board.

Competitions

Location Based Services

A £5m collaborative R&D competition to help businesses to engage with their customers in a 'here and now' context.

A location-based service, or LBS, is any information, entertainment, or social media service that is available on a mobile device, and makes use of geographical position (determined by telecommunications technologies such as GPS, Wi-Fi triangulation etc. Although the UK has established strengths in telecommunications technologies underpinning location-based services, for many businesses working in location-based services – content creators and owners, vendors, distributors, licensees, public sector providers, advertisers, retailers and consumers – there remain many areas in which the process is difficult, opaque and sometimes even impossible.

While some of the barriers are regulatory, the Technology Strategy Board is uniquely placed to help UK businesses to unlock the innovation required and develop the technologies and digital platforms in which location-based services can take place.

Key Dates

  • Competition opens: 28th April 2014
  • Deadline for registration: Noon, 11th June 2014
  • Deadline for submissions: Noon, 18th June 2014

 

Briefing Events

Contact

  • Technology Strategy Board competitions helpline: 0300 321 4357
  • Technology Strategy Board competitions email: support@innovateuk.org

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Enhancing the Value of Consumer and Content Interactions

A £2.5m competition for projects that will explore ways of enhancing the value of consumers' interaction with content.

Over the last decade many sectors of the UK economy have transitioned towards being based on digital services and products. This has in turn introduced the concept that the digital data that businesses create is a potentially valuable asset in and of itself.

This competition aims to support businesses to enhance the value that could be derived from such digital assets. The Technology Strategy Board is hoping to attract digital businesses, with expertise in data analytics, security, payments, and the creation of value from data and digital assets, together with businesses that engage with customers through Internet and mobile service channels.

Key Dates

  • Competition opens: 28th April 2014
  • Deadline for registration: Noon, 11th June 2014
  • Deadline for submissions: Noon, 18th June 2014

Briefing Events

Contact

  • Technology Strategy Board competitions helpline: 0300 321 4357
  • Technology Strategy Board competitions email: support@innovateuk.org

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Cross-Platform Production in Digital Media

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). 

The competition will fund Feasibility Studies as well as Collaborative R&D projects.

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, the Technology Strategy Board are interested in projects that address the fragmentation brought about by new devices and networks, and the new contexts in which content can be consumed.

The competition also encourages exploration of the production opportunities that arise from new digital technologies in audio and visual effects production. 

Competition now closed.

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Frictionless Commerce

This competition will invest up to £2.5m in Collaborative Research & Development projects that lead to efficient digital transaction environments for the content industries.

Digital technologies are making ‘frictionless commerce' increasingly possible, in which the barriers and costs to transaction become dramatically reduced. Whether it is crowdfunding investment, aggregation and recommendation services or the delivery of niche or ‘long tail' content through subscription services, new opportunities are emerging for businesses, investors and consumers to interact and build value.

However, for all parties in the value chain, from creators through to consumers, there remain areas in which the process of transaction remains difficult. Through this competition, the Technology Strategy Board is attempting to address the innovation barriers to frictionless commerce with projects that lead to efficient digital transactional environments for the content industries.

Competition now closed.

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Destination Local Demonstrators

The Technology Strategy Board and Nesta have worked together to develop a hyperlocal media competition for collaborative research and development of information, news and commercial services for geographical communities. The aim of the £2.5m call will be to invest in several significant projects across the UK. A mix of project ideas that target rural and urban areas are anticipated, but all are intended to develop the kinds of enabling technologies, platforms and services which build up the businesses of the future and help the UK to become a world-centre for hyperlocal media.

Competition now closed.

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Greater Manchester Creative and Digital Launchpad

£1m to help develop the Creative Industries cluster in Manchester. The fund will be awarded to companies in Greater Manchester – pre start-ups, start-ups, micro, and small businesses - to carry out innovative R&D projects that will lead to the development of existing or new knowledge and skills within the digital and creative sector.

Competition now closed.

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Data Exploration - creating new insight and value

A £4.5m competition that addresses the technical challenges and business opportunities presented by the huge growth in data. This competition focuses on innovations in the data exploration techniques of analytics, modelling and visualisation to generate new insight and value from large amounts of complex data.

Competition now closed.

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