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Shortlist announced after huge demand to be involved in Creative Industries Clusters Programme

Date: 23/02/2018


The Arts and Humanities Research Council today (Friday, 23 February) announced the shortlisted bids for its £80m Creative Industries Clusters Programme (CICP).

The 22 shortlisted proposals – which are bidding to become one of the Creative R&D Partnerships  – cover a variety of industries, from Wales’s dynamic audio-visual sector to Dundee’s video games industry and Leeds’ energetic fashion sector.

A total of 65 partnerships between industry, universities and other sector organisations submitted “statements of intent” at the end of last year. Due to the high demand and quality of proposals submitted, the AHRC has shortlisted more than was originally expected.

Alexandra Vincent, Associate Director for Programmes and the Creative Industries at the AHRC, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response to this call. The range of interest – across sectors, regions and disciplines – to meeting the challenges facing these creative clusters points to the huge contribution that can be made by the creative industries to UK economic growth.

“The time is now right for an injection of resource to drive collaboration between industry and higher education institutions in the sector.

“The 22 outline proposals on our shortlist propose innovative programmes of R&D with the potential to do something truly transformational for the creative industries. We’re looking forward to receiving the final, more detailed proposals in April.”

The Creative Industries Clusters Programme aims to significantly improve collaboration between the country’s internationally-renowned creative industries and UK universities to help catalyse economic growth and provide the skills necessary for the creative jobs of the future.

Funded through the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), the programme will support up to eight Research and Development (R&D) Partnerships between industry and groups of universities to respond to challenges identified by the creative industries in their cluster.

The Shortlisted bids are*:

  • Clwstwr Creadigol: Research and Development for a high performing creative cluster in Wales; Cardiff University
  • Mixed Reality Marketplace; King’s College London
  • R&D for Screen and Stage Futures; London South Bank University
  • Creative North West; Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Creative Fuse+ R&D Partnership; Newcastle University
  • Craft Work: Innovation, Diversity, and Routes to Growth; Queen Mary, University of London
  • StoryFutures; Royal Holloway, University of London
  • InGAME - Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise; University of Abertay Dundee
  • Creative Informatics: Data Driven Innovation for the Creative Industries; University of Edinburgh
  • Enabling freelance and micro business productivity through digital connectivity; University of Essex
  • Creative SW: iHeritage; University of Exeter
  • Glasgow: Global City; University of Glasgow
  • Future Fashion Factory: Digitally Enabled Design & Manufacture of Designer Products for Circular Economies; University of Leeds
  • Creative Canal: Activating Architecture for the Creative Industries; University of Reading
  • Future – Making; University of Sheffield
  • M3CC: M3 Creative Corridors Creative R&D Partnership; University of Surrey
  • Brighton Creative Cluster Partnership; University of Sussex
  • The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology Collaborative R&D Partnership; University of Arts London
  • B+B Creative Cluster; University of the West of England
  • NI Creative R&D Partnership; University of Ulster
  • Creative Media Labs: Innovations in Screen Storytelling in the Age of Interactivity and Immersion; University of York

For a more in depth summary of each of the bids, visit:

For more details about the Creative Industries Clusters Programme, please visit our website http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/apply-for-funding/archived-opportunities/creative-industries-clusters-programme/

Notes to Editors

*Of the 22 Shortlisted bids, one research partnership did not wish to announce its involvement at this time.

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