Creative Informatics funding opportunities for the creative industries in Edinburgh and South East Scotland – applications open now!

Creative Informatics is an ambitious research and development programme based in Edinburgh, which aims to bring the city’s world-class creative industries and tech sector together, providing funding and development opportunities that enable creative individuals and organisations to explore how data can be used to drive ground-breaking new products, businesses and experiences.

If you are looking to power new ideas in your organisation, develop a creative product or service, or undertake research and development to further your own creative practice or business, one or more of the funding opportunities below could be of interest to you!

If you have any questions, please contact the Creative Informatics team who will be happy to help at

Resident Entrepreneurs
If you are an individual or a small team that would like to develop a new product or service using data or data-driven technology, you can apply for funding of up to £12,000 to support your work.

Due to current social distancing measures, the Creative Informatics team are accepting applications for Resident Entrepreneur projects that can be completed remotely and do not require applicants to be matched with a host organisation. Successful applicants will still be paired with a mentor from the creative industries through Creative Edinburgh’s Mentoring Programme.

Applications close on Monday the 27th of Aprilfind out more and apply now!

Challenge Holders
Challenge Projects offer an opportunity for creative and cultural organisations to bring forward challenges relating to their work that require innovative, data-driven solutions. Potential applicants can come with unformed or semi-formed challenges that can be co-designed with the Creative Informatics team.

Current Challenge Holders include Edinburgh Festival Fringe SocietyEdinburgh UNESCO City of LiteratureThe ListHistoric Environment Scotland; and Jupiter Artland.

Applications for Round 3 application are open now on a rolling basis, with a final closing date of Monday the 6th of July, and interim submission dates of Monday the 18th of May and Monday the 15th of June.

If you are interested in applying as a Creative Informatics Challenge Holder now, or in the future, join the CI team for the first online Challenge Discovery Workshop on Thursday the 23rd of April, to find out more about the Challenge Project process and discuss your ideas.

Register for the next Challenge Discovery Workshop or find out more and apply now!

Connected Innovators
Connected Innovators supports emerging leaders from within the creative industries who want to take time out to conduct research and development that will enable them to advance their own careers and/or business.

If you are looking to develop a specific area of your creative practice or business using data or data-driven technology, you can apply for funding of up to £10,000 to support your work.

Connected Innovators is delivered by Creative Edinburgh who will be running online workshops or individuals interested in applying. If you’d like some advice on completing your application, join Creative Edinburgh for an online Connected Innovators Workshop on Friday the 8th of May.

Applications close on Monday the 25th of Mayfind out more and apply now!

Creative Informatics
Creative Informatics is a collaboration across the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Codebase and Creative Edinburgh.

Funded by the Creative Industries Clusters Programme managed by the Arts & Humanities Research Council as part of the Industrial Strategy, with additional support from the Scottish Funding Council. The programme is part of the City Region Deal Data Driven Innovation initiative.

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