Creative Industries Strategy and Investment Programme 2013-14
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 will also be officially announcing funding programmes worth £26m to be launched over the next six months. This major new investment is intended to boost innovation and growth for the UK's creative and digital businesses.
The Creative Industries KTN will be working with the Technology Strategy Board to deliver activities to support this programme, including a series of events around the country where potential applicants will be 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.
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.
- Deadline for registration: Noon, 26th February 2014
- Deadline for submissions: Noon, 5th March 2014
- Data Exploration Group on _connect
- Technology Strategy Board competitions helpline: 0300 321 4357
- Technology Strategy Board competitions email: email@example.com
- Jonathan Mitchener: introducing the competition
- Big Data + Creative Industries = Slim Pickings?
- Data Visualisation: Making Information Profitable
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.
- Competition opens: April 2014
Valuing and Pricing Digital Assets
£2.5m for "developing ways to agree value and price" in digital transactions.
- Competition opens: Spring 2014
- The RSA's Jonathan Schifferes on the question of profitability in the sharing economy
- Grasping digital ownership - a few insights into Ostmodern's approach
- DLA Piper 'Shifting Landscape' reports explores challenges and solutions around exploiting digital assets
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.
- Baking Bad: The cross-platform pudding and the technical challenge
- The Stacks, The Patterns & The Money - why genre will drive the next stage of the content industries
- Understanding your core IP key to cross-platform success
- Industry Panel Discussion at London briefing event
- Creative Convergence: Telling Stories in the 21st Century
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.
- 'Droplet' digital cash platform proving mobile payments industry ripe for disruption
- Competition interview with Simon Hopkins, CIKTN Associate
- Frictionless Commerce: Making the Digital Economy Work Better
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.
- Rick Waghorn welcomes the lifeline offered to the UK's hyperlocal media sector
- Hyperlocal Media - coming your way soon
- Hyperlocal Media: Some Opportunities and Challenges
- Destination Local Programme (Nesta website)
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.