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AHRC/Design Council - Bristol and Bath design research project

We have been working in partnership with the Design Council over the past two years to demonstrate the key role design plays in creating economic benefits and social value in the UK, and to explore design research in UK universities and its connections with businesses and policymakers.

We now wish to test some of these ideas in a study which will examine how businesses and public sector organisations in a particular location use design in their work, and what the impact of this is on their ability to innovate and their economic performance. We intend this study to operate along similar lines to the AHRC-funded Brighton Fuse research project (involving surveys and interviews with local businesses and other organisations), but with a focus on gauging the value of design to the creative sector and other sectors of the Bristol and Bath economy.

Funding of up to £750,000 is available on full economic costs basis with the AHRC meeting 80% of the FEC. Awards should last between 12 to 24 months and will be overseen by an independent steering group, established by the AHRC and the Design Council.