Creative Informatics Participant & Alumni Creative Tech Fund

Creative Informatics was awarded additional funding by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (part of UK Research & Innovation) to support investment in “capital” projects (buildings and/or rent, facilities, equipment, creative technologies, and associated installation and maintenance, etc.) which support our legacy as a project and further the equality, diversity, and inclusion impact of creative data driven innovation in our region.

The Creative Informatics Participants and Alumni Creative Tech Fund enabled small scale (max £5k) capital investments in people and projects previously supported by Creative Informatics to increase the impact and ongoing legacy of their creative data driven work. We awarded a total of £30k funding to these projects.

In designing this fund we were inspired by the community’s reaction and benefit from the CI-supported Edinburgh Napier University E11 Studio, where we have seen access to technical kit enabling many of you – brilliant creative SMEs and entrepreneurs – to gain hands-on skills and experience that has enabled you to secure new contracts, build new collaborations and attract new funding and/or income from products, services and experiences. We recognise that entrepreneurs and SMEs sometimes require purchase of new equipment to explore and develop new ideas.

The fund supported proposals that met the following key criteria:

  • Ideas which furthered the impact and legacy and/or financial sustainability of your work as a CI participant and/or alumni
  • Proposals which had a clear equality, diversity and inclusion impact.
  • Investment to support individuals directly, as a person from a diverse background or with additional needs, to further the impact of your work
  • Capital expenditure towards equipment, software, and/or appropriate upgrades to facilities, including installation and maintenance costs.
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