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 are accepting applications for Expression of interest on a rolling basis during the lifetime of the fund, until noon on 7th January 2014. Get your application in sooner rather than later. You will find out within seven weeks if you have been successful or not. Please note that the Nesta office will be closed from 24th December until 3rd January 2014 therefore we would encourage that you submit prior to our Christmas closure as we will be unable to assist you with your application after the 24th December 2013.
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:
recognised Independent Research Organisation list
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
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.
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).
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.
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