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Creative Informatics is an ambitious research and development programme based in Edinburgh, which aims to bring the city’s world-class creative industries and tech sector together, providing funding and development opportunities that enable creative individuals and organisations to explore how data can be used to drive ground-breaking new products, businesses and experiences.

Creative Informatics is nurturing local talent through five key funding programmes and regular events that support Edinburgh’s creative industries to do inspiring things with data. Find out more about all of our opportunities below.


Check out our first Creative Informatics Annual Report!

It’s been a very busy and exciting few years at Creative Informatics HQ! We’ve had many, many highlights, as well as the unexpected challenge of the Covid-19 crisis, which has had a severe impact on the creative industries across the UK. Find out what we’ve been up to in our Creative Informatics Annual Report.


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Challenge Projects offer an opportunity for creative organisations to bring challenges to the table that require innovative solutions. Projects will last 3-12 months and challenges will be addressed through the development of new products and/or services. Creative and cultural organisations are invited to apply for Challenge Projects that respond to one of the following innovation challenges:

  1. Developing access to and engagement with new audiences and markets.
  2. Developing new modalities of experience.
  3. Unlocking the value of archives and data sets.
  4. Exploring new business models for the creative industries.

Open calls for challenge project applications happen twice a year. Once submitted, applications will be reviewed by a panel, who will select up to five challenges to take forward.

Applications for Round 5 Challenge Respondents open in June 2021.

Applications for Round 6 Challenge Holders open in September 2021.

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The Resident Entrepreneurs programme provides funding of up to £12k to individuals or teams of creative practitioners who want to develop new products or services using data or data-driven technologies.

Due to current social distancing measures, the Creative Informatics team are only accepting applications for Resident Entrepreneur projects that can be completed remotely and do not require applicants to be matched with a host organisation.


Successful applicants will still be paired with a mentor from the creative industries through Creative Edinburgh’s Mentoring Programme and additional support will be provided by the Creative Informatics team.

Round 6 applications for Resident Entrepreneurs will open on Monday 18th October 2021.

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Creative Bridge is an accelerator programme, delivered by CodeBase, designed for creatives from all backgrounds to learn best practice in building a digital product business. By learning start up theory and hearing creative entrepreneurs’ stories of how they made something amazing happen, or how they failed, participants will gain valuable insights into both what defines success for them and how to get there.

The course will consist of learning alongside a cohort of contemporaries selected from all creative disciplines, and participants will work in groups on an overarching project over 10 weeks (1/2 a day per week).


Applications for Cohort 7 of Creative Bridge are open now and close on Wednesday 9th June at 5pm.

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CI Labs and Studios run throughout the year and are open to anyone working in Edinburgh’s creative and cultural community. Events are free to attend and offer an excellent introduction to the wider Creative Informatics programme.

CI Studios are regular, informal events, that give participants an opportunity to experiment with new technologies, share experiences and collaborate with other creatives to develop ideas for new products and services.

CI Studios

CI Labs feature live performances and talks from artists and academics who are working with data and data-driven technologies, as well as providing opportunities to network and hear about upcoming opportunities.

CI Labs

Information and registration details for our latest events can be found on our events page.

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Connected Innovators supports emerging leaders from within the creative industries who want to take time out to conduct research and development that will enable them to advance their own careers and/or business.

If you are looking to develop a specific area of your creative practice or business using data or data-driven technology, you can apply for funding of up to £10,000 to support your work.

Connected Innovators is delivered by Creative Edinburgh who will be on hand to help you find the support, skills, and expertise you need to develop your practice and ideas so you can take your work to the next level.

Applications for Round 3 Connected Innovators are open now and close on Monday 28th June at 5pm.



Over the course of the Creative Informatics programme, five Creative Horizon Projects will explore the potential of emerging technologies to create new technical and business opportunities for the creative industries. Creative Horizon Projects will be high risk/high gain in nature, bringing academics and industry together with the aim of breaking new ground and establishing how technology could benefit the creative industries in the future. The findings of Creative Horizon Projects will be shared with Edinburgh’s wider creative community.


Applications for Creative Horizon 2 are now closed.

Applications for Creative Horizon 3 will open in June 2021.

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If you have any questions about Creative Informatics, please contact us.

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Fri, 14 May 2021 Creative Bridge Info Session

Meet the Creative Bridge team and find out more about the application process for the next cohort of this free 10 week course!

Wed, 09 Jun 2021 CI Innovation Showcase 2021 – Day 2

Join us for two jam packed days of creative inspiration as we explore innovation across the creative industries in Edinburgh and beyond!

Tue, 08 Jun 2021 CI Innovation Showcase 2021 – Day 1

Join us for two jam packed days of creative inspiration as we explore innovation across the creative industries in Edinburgh and beyond!



Two selected artists announced for Ocean ARTic residency

MASTS, Blue Action and Creative Informatics are delighted to announce the two selected artists for the Ocean ARTic artist-in-residency exploring marine climate data. The 6-week Residency will be completed by July 2021 with the expectation for two new artworks to be Commissioned for launch ahead of the UN COP26 climate conference in November 2021.


Creative Informatics Small Research Grants 2021-22: open call for academic research staff at UoE and ENU

Is there a research project related to the creative sector you’d love to explore if you only had resources and support? Does it involve some kind of exploration or investigation into data or digital technologies? Creative Informatics is launching an open competition for small research grants of up to £5,000 aimed at academics and researchers at any stage of their career, including PhD students. Project Principal Investigators (who can be PhD students) must be based at either the University of Edinburgh or Edinburgh Napier University. Proposed projects or activities should explore innovative uses or applications of data or digital technologies in the creative and cultural sectors. We aim to fund at least 5 of these projects.


Paid Summer Internship – Developing A Visual Design Vocabulary for Describing Data and Technology

An opportunity to work with Creative Informatics researchers over the summer.   Timescale and pay 20 hours/week for 5 weeks, between 21st June and the end of August 2021. The 5 specific weeks within this timescale will be chosen in line with the intern’s availability. £11.64/hour Description Visual metaphors for technologies are abundant in media […]


Meet the Creative Informatics team

The programme will be led by University of Edinburgh and delivered in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University, Codebase, and Creative Edinburgh. Our initiatives will develop local talent, placing creatives in the driving seat of data-driven innovation and ensuring that Edinburgh’s creative and cultural industries continue to thrive. Watch the video to find out more.