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Apply for a Creative Informatics Small Research Grant!

Is there a research project related to the creative sector you’d love to explore if you only had a bit of cash and support? Does it involve data of some kind?

Creative Informatics are launching an open competition for small research grants aimed at early career researchers, based at the University of Edinburgh or Edinburgh Napier University, who want to explore innovative uses or applications of data in creative and cultural sectors.

Applications are open now and close at 5pm on Thursday the 9th of April.

They are inviting proposals for funding of up to £5000 for small research projects that address any of the following broad themes or questions:

  • What can data tell us about art, or art tell us about data?
  • How can data be used to promote sustainable practices within the creative industries?
  • Can data-driven innovation empower new business models, and new ways to pay for, value and sustain creative work?
  • How can data-driven innovation promote the cultural, civic and social value of creative work?
  • New tools and approaches to data-driven ‘crafts-machine-ship’
  • Data justice and ethical uses of data-driven technologies in the creative industries.
  • Supporting equality, inclusion and diversity in the creative and cultural sectors through applications of data.
  • Innovative uses of archives and data sets in the creative industries.
  • New and inclusive audience experiences of creative work.
  • Futures of data-driven creative work and labour.
  • Platform and gig economies within the creative industries.
  • Supporting critical data literacy within the creative and cultural sectors.

Application Process

This call is open exclusively to early-career researchers, including PhD students, at the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University. (See the AHRC’s guidance for eligibility)

If you would like to apply, please download the CI Small Research Grants Information document and complete the CI Small Research Grants Application Form.

Please save your completed Application Form as a PDF and return via email to

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

Creative Informatics aim to fund at least five projects. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of April.

Projects should be undertaken between May and July 2020.

This call is led by the Creative Informatics Research Team: Chris Elsden, Ingi Helgason, Susan Lechelt, Inge Panneels and Pip Thornton, who can provide additional support to successful applicants looking to forge connections with academic and creative partners.

If you have any questions or require further information about this call, please contact Chris Elsden.