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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.


CI Innovation Showcase 2022 – Video Highlights

Watch some of the highlights from our 2022 Creative Informatics Innovation Showcase!


Resident Entrepreneurs help audiences ‘scan-to-tip’ street performers at the Fringe!

The Busking Project has developed an innovative ‘scan-to-tip’ solution for street performers at the 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.




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 our Round 7 Challenge Projects are now closed. Our final round of Challenge Respondents will be announced in July 2022.

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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 8 Resident Entrepreneurs are open now and close on Wednesday 14th September at 5pm.

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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).

Cohort 9 of Creative Bridge (September to November 2022) will be the final Creative Informatics cohort of Creative Bridge.

If you were unable to apply but are interested in what the course offers, get in touch with CodeBase at  to find out more about their education programmes.

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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 5 is now underway!

We are currently recruiting participants for research interviews and workshops through July, August and September. We want to talk to creative practitioners and organizations, trade bodies, NGOs, government departments, policymakers, and market and academic researchers.

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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.


Fri, 30 Sep 2022 Policy Hack Day: Data, Data, Everywhere

Join our Policy Hack, an interactive day sharing research and exploring new ways to empower creative industries with new, ethical economic analysis frameworks to support Research & Development.

Thu, 29 Sep 2022 Exhibition Launch – There be Dragons: Data and Creative Practice

Join us for the launch of There be Dragons: Navigating the uncharted data territories of creative practice, an exhibition by five artists. Exhibition runs until 2nd October (10am-5pm).

Thu, 08 Sep 2022 CI Partnership Forum

Join us for the next Creative Informatics Partnership Forum, to share your feedback on the programme and hear about our future plans

Wed, 31 Aug 2022 Resident Entrepreneur Discovery Workshop

Find out how the Creative Informatics programme could support you to develop a new data-driven product or service in the creative industries

Chart showing how many days it took for popular songs to become hits worldwide.

Preliminary results from "Music streaming as global cultural diffusion" showing how many days it took for songs to become hits worldwide.


A Global Mathematical Literature

Michael Barany, Senior Lecturer in the History of Science, reflects on the outcomes of his recent project with a PhD research assistant funded by Creative Informatics. Find out more... READ MORE

Design, identity and the material culture of homes in transition in later life

Emma Gieben-Gamal, Lecturer in Design Cultures at the University of Edinburgh, reflects on her experiences with a Creative Informatics PhD Research Assistant fund grant. The research project, which sets... READ MORE

Freely Available Illustrations of Creative Applications of Data and Technology

This post showcases illustrations that demonstrate creative applications for, and interpretations of, data-driven technologies. A key goal for these illustrations is to subvert common imageries of tech seen in... READ MORE

Data-driven Innovation for the Creative Industries

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.