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Huge demand to be involved in Creative Industries Clusters Programme

Date: 09/11/2017

Sixty-five consortiums from across the UK have submitted a “statement of intent”, expressing an interest in hosting an R&D partnership in the early stages of the call for AHRC’s Creative Industries Clusters Programme.

The Programme is designed to create a step-change in collaboration between the country’s internationally-renowned creative industries and universities across the UK. 

A record £80m-plus is being invested to help catalyse economic growth and provide the skills needed for the jobs of the future. Led by the AHRC, and funded through the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, it will support eight Creative Research and Development (R&D) Partnerships between industry and a group of universities to respond to challenges identified by the creative industries in their cluster.

The Programme, which starts in 2018, will find innovative ways to identify opportunities for new products and services at an early stage and get them on the road to success.

The first stage in selecting the R&D Partnerships has seen 65 consortiums – consisting of higher education institutes, industrial partners and independent research organisations alongside regional economic growth organisations –  file statements of intent setting out which potential partners  will be involved,  what existing creative industry cluster they will support and the specific challenge they will address.

Alexandra Vincent, Associate Director for Programmes and the Creative Industries at the AHRC, said: “We are delighted with the level of demand that has been demonstrated at this very early stage in this process. It is no exaggeration to say that they have come from every nation and region in the UK, covering all sectors of the creative industries, from crafts to fashion to gaming to architecture.

“We will be working with and providing further advice to the bidding teams over the next month as they progress to full applications.”

Full applications need to be submitted by 7th December 2017.

For more details on the Statement of Intents submitted, please see the tableau infographic.

For more details about the Creative Industries Clusters Programme, please visit our website 

Notes to Editors

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