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Creative Horizon Projects – Call for Applications

We are inviting applications from teams of academics and industry partners to develop a Creative Horizon Project that combines circular economy design principles and data-driven innovation to support ethical and environmentally sustainable approaches in the creative industries.

Join us for our Creative Horizon Collider on 5th March

Creative Horizon Projects are £25,000 grants aimed at interdisciplinary teams of academic and industry partners. These projects will explore the potential of emerging technologies to create new technical and business opportunities for the creative industries. They are aimed to 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.

For this Creative Horizons Project funding call, we are inviting interdisciplinary teams to answer the following question: “How can data and technology support ethical and environmentally sustainable approaches in the creative industries?”

We are inviting proposals for funding up to £25,000, to address one or more of the following research questions:

  1. How can the creative industries harness data and technology to build a circular economy? [1]
  2. How can data and technology be used to ‘leave things better’ [2] in a carbon neutral creative economy which respects environmental limits and supports social ecosystems?
  3. How can data and technology be used to support work and economic growth in a carbon neutral – or even, carbon positive – creative economy?
  4. How can data and technology be harnessed to build creative products that embody Circular Economy principles, including: designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems [1]?
  5. What can combining circular economy design principles and data-driven innovation tell us about the future of creativity?
  6. How can data and technology support ethical and environmentally sustainable design?

[1] Ellen MacArthur Foundation. “What is the Circular Economy?” Retrieved from https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy/what-is-the-circular-economy
[2] Thackara, J. (2015). How to thrive in the next economy (Vol. 1). London: Thames & Hudson. Chicago

How to participate

We welcome funding applications from interdisciplinary teams that include at least one academic from University of Edinburgh or Edinburgh Napier University, together with at least one industry, freelance or third-sector partner.

If you are interested in submitting an application, we would strongly encourage you to attend our Creative Horizon Collider Event on 5th March at 2pm. This event will be an opportunity to ideate responses to the funding call, refine ideas and network with others in order to form collaborative teams. Participants with or without firm ideas for a funding application are welcome to attend.

Creative Horizon Project applications are open now and close at 5pm on 9th April, 2021.

Applications will be reviewed and scored by an interdisciplinary panel of Creative Informatics researchers, supported by the wider Creative Informatics team.

We will fund one project from this call and will aim to notify applicants of the outcome of their application by 5th May, 2021.

We are looking for applications that propose interdisciplinary research that is high-risk, challenges existing theoretical and methodological paradigms, and has the potential to contribute to the creative industries in Edinburgh. Applications should bear in mind ethical approaches to research, abiding by host university regulations and procedures, and Creative Informatics own ethical guidelines for funded projects.

Projects will be judged on:

  • Clearly identified aims and objectives
  • Novelty of the research questions and relevance of the project and relation to the Creative Informatics core research themes
  • The inclusion of both industry and academic perspectives
  • Compelling and high-risk use of data and technology
  • Clear definitions of how the research will engage and could benefit others in the creative sector.
  • Appropriate budgeting
  • In keeping with ethical guidelines for funded CI projects

Eligible Costs and Support

Applicants can cost for funding of up to £25,000. This funding is intended to cover the direct project costs of the proposal and should be clearly attributable to project activities. Of the full £25,000 sum, £20,000 should be split between academic and non-academic partners, as appropriate. The remaining £5,000 is only able to be allocated to academic partners. Once started, the successful project will have up to one year to spend funds. Eligible costs may include:

  • Staff costs (see below)
  • Employment of Research Associates
  • Developing pilot projects
  • Art or research interventions
  • Workshops, meetings, events or exhibitions
  • Resources and materials including software licences to support the research and development
  • Participant compensation
  • External partners to support your research (e.g. transcription, design work, software development).
  • Training or development necessary for the proposed project
  • Travel / dissemination activities

Staff costs from University of Edinburgh, or Edinburgh Napier University should not include institutional overheads or indirect costs, or any element that should properly be ascribed to institutional overheads. You should liaise with your relevant research office to ensure staff time is appropriately costed.

In-kind contributions are not required for these proposals, however where additional support from the project partners or other organisations is committed, please describe this in the application form.

Eligibility and Award Conditions:

This call will open on 5th March 2021 following the Collider Event. While attendance at the Collider Event is not a strict prerequisite for applying, it is strongly encouraged. The funding is aimed at teams spanning academia and the creative industries. As such, applications should:

  • Include at least one academic who is employed at University of Edinburgh or Napier University, and is at least an early career researcher having completed a PhD or equivalent.
  • Include at least one project partner from industry – who can represent a business, third-sector organisation or be a freelancer. Industry project partners should be based in and/or be undertaking work that has impact for the creative industries within Edinburgh and/or the Edinburgh and South East Scotland Region.
  • Be from or proposing a project with genuine impact for the creative industries.
  • Have potential economic, social or cultural impact (or all of these) for the creative industries in the Edinburgh and South East Scotland Region.
  • Be supported by a commitment from the recipients to engage with the Creative Informatics team on monitoring, reporting, research and evaluation work around the project.
  • Be consistent with ethical and legally compliant data practices.

The recipients of the funding will be required to provide a workplan at the outset of the project, and a brief report and documentation (including financial overview) at the halfway point and endpoint of the project. They may also be asked to occasionally engage with the Creative Informatics research team in informal meetings and where appropriate, recorded interviews, aimed to contribute to the broader Creative Informatics research outcomes. They will also be asked to present the work in a subsequent research symposium taking place in Edinburgh to disseminate their research.

For further information about this call, including to check eligibility or eligible costs, please contact us at creativeinformatics@ed.ac.uk.




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