How to apply

If you have an idea for a Digital R&D project you can start the two-stage application process now by submitting your Expression of interest (EoI).
 
Application stage 1: Expressions of interest
 
We have now closed the Expression of Interest for the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. We closed the Expression of Interest stage at noon on the 7th January 2014.
 
Eligibility criteria:
 
To apply for this fund, you must be:
 
1.    An organisation based in England.

(By ‘organisation’ we mean a single group of people working towards a shared or common goal. This can take many form, for example a limited company, a charity or an unincorporated group. If you are applying as an organisation, you should have a bank account with two people who can sign in the organisation’s name.)
 
2.    You must have an arts project located in England working with digital technologies to:
·         expand its audience reach and engagement and/or
·         explore new business models
 
3.    Your proposal must include a three way partnership between an organisation with an arts project, a
        technology provider and a researcher or research team.
 
        Researchers or research teams must be named individuals and:

·   must be working with or supported by a UK Higher Education Institution or from the AHRC
    recognised Independent Research Organisation list
·   must be actively engaged in postdoctoral research and be of postdoctoral standing
·   must have a level of skills, knowledge and experience appropriate to the nature of the proposed
    project
·   must have demonstrable research expertise in one or more of the fund’s thematic areas: user
    generated content; distribution and exhibition; mobile, location and games; data and archives;
    resources; education and learning

 
4.    Your proposal must fall under one (or more) of the fund’s thematic areas: user generated content;
        distribution and exhibition; mobile, location and games; data and archives; resources; education and
        learning.
 
5.    Your proposal must demonstrate clear benefit to the public
 
To see how we will judge the Expressions of interest, click here for our selection criteria.
 
You can also download and preview a copy of the application questions as a PDF, or follow this link to the online forms to begin or continue your application.
 
What is not eligible:
 
You cannot apply for the following activities:
•      activities that are not related to the arts
•      activities, including buying goods or services, which take place or start before we would be able to decide
        about your application
•      activities, equipment or events that double up (duplicate) what already exists
•      costs that are already covered by other funding
•      general running costs and overheads that are already paid for by other income, including your own funds
•      ongoing overheads relating to equipment or buildings, such as insurance and maintenance costs
•      fundraising events, such as charity galas, that do not relate to the project
•      activities or events mainly taking place outside England
 
Application stage 2: Final application
 
Projects that are successful at EoI stage will be invited to completed a Final application. 
 
We are looking to fund a range of projects - small and large - across a range of artforms and geographical regions.

Budget
Please note your  project should not be more than £125,000 including research services, VAT (on services, ie technology or research services – if you intend to claim back VAT from HMRC then do not include it), contingency of 5%, travel and participation in four programme learning events for 1 representative from each of the three partners over the lifetime of their project (see learning activities below).
 
Learning
If successful you will be asked to work with a dedicated Learning Team. This team will work with funded projects to identify insights and transferable lessons for both your project and the wider sector. Therefore you should also apportion a few hours a month of resources to learning activities as an integral part of your project planning.  Activities will include a programme of events, self-directed activities, peer-to-peer calls and short writing assignments for the fund's learning magazine which will appear both online and in print.
 
 
Eligibility criteria:
 
Only projects that have been successful at EoI stage can apply.
 
To see how we will judge the Final application, click here for our selection criteria.
 
You can also download and preview a copy of the application questions as a PDF