DDI Open Calls

Information about current and past funding calls from the Data-Driven Innovation initiative and summaries of the proposals that have been successful.

Social change through innovation open call

The DDI Small Grants call has funded ten projects focusing on using data driven innovation to tackle ‘social change through innovation’. Projects range from using augmented reality to help animal conservation to understanding air quality using bike-mounted sensors. 

Projects’ total value: £191,252 

Previous Open Calls

DDI DDI ‘Building Back Better’ Open Call

From January 2021, twenty-one data-driven research projects, which include tackling homelessness, tourism recovery and job retention in the football industry, received funding as part of the DDI initiative's 'Building back better' open call.

The open call is part of Scottish Funding Council Covid-19 Recovery funding to the University of Edinburgh, and has allowed the Data-Driven Innovation initiative to allocate up to £500,000 for small grants to support staff at the University apply data-driven innovation ideas to promote job security, creation and retention within universities and economic and social recovery from the pandemic across the wider Edinburgh and South-East Scotland Region.

DDI COVID-19 Response & Recovery Small Grant Funding

In April 2020, as one part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Data-Driven Innovation Programme allocated up to £243,000 in small grants to enable our staff and students  to apply data-driven-innovation ideas in support of communities, services and businesses in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland Region.