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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.


Applications for our final round of Challenge Projects open now!

We’re thrilled to announce our final round of Challenge Projects, featuring six exciting organisations working across the creative industries in Edinburgh and beyond!


Challenge Project Profile: inChat and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

Find out how chatbot specialists inChat developed a solution to a Creative Informatics Challenge Project set by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.




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 7 Challenge Respondents are open now and close on Wednesday 22nd June at 5pm.

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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 social distancing measures, the majority of our Resident Entrepreneur projects to date have been completed remotely. With restrictions relaxing, we are delighted to once again be able to invite notes of interest from organisations keen to host a Resident Entrepreneur during their project. Read our guidelines to find out more.


Applications for Round 7 Resident Entrepreneurs are now closed.

Applications for Round 8 will open in Summer 2022.

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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 8 of Creative Bridge are now closed.

Applications for Cohort 9 of Creative Bridge will open in Summer 2022.

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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 4 Connected Innovators are now closed.



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.

Creative Horizon 3 and 4 are now underway!

We are currently seeking artists, partners from festivals, individual creative practitioners and organisations working in or with the performing arts and creative industries in Edinburgh and SE Scotland to participate in Creative Horizon 3 and Creative Horizon 4.

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

For updates on programmes and events, sign up to our mailing list.


Mon, 13 Jun 2022 Challenge Holder Q&A 2

Join us to find out more about Challenge Projects set by Pollyanna, Edinburgh Printmakers and the John Byrne Award.

Wed, 08 Jun 2022 Challenge Holder Q&A 1

Join us to find out how you can apply to respond to Challenge Projects set by Outer Spaces, Arts Resource Management Scotland and Fair Pley.


Image credit: Crypto-Knitting-Circles workshop at Swap Market Glasgow 2019 – image courtesy of Ailie Rutherford & Bettina Nissen. Photographed by Bob Moyler


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Creative Informatics is funded by the Creative Industries Clusters Programme, managed by the Arts & Humanities Research Council as part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy. The programme is delivered by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University, Codebase, and Creative Edinburgh.