Have you considered applying for funding to experiment with digital technology? This is the final call for you to consider the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts  - England’s £7 million fund to support collaboration between organisations with arts projects, technology providers, and researchers.

The Fund is a three way partnership between Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Nesta, running for three years from 2012-2015.

They are looking to support projects that use digital technology to enhance audience reach and/or develop new business models for the arts sector. With a dedicated researcher or research team as part of the three-way collaboration, learning from the project can be captured and shared with the wider arts sector.

To get a flavour of what projects funded so far, visit the Native website where learning from all the projects is being published.

If you already have an R&D proposal in development, then that’s great – we look forward to receiving it.  The deadline for Expression of Interest applications to the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts is noon on 7th January 2014.

Proposals must relate to one of our 6 main themes. Looking back at the projects funded so far, we would also particularly welcome applications that seek to address the following:

  • successful international digital arts projects that could be tested for the first time in England
  • arts projects that focus on new business models by exploring new forms of digital infrastructures, such as superfast broadband or innovative online systems for ticketing or data capture
  • arts projects which will develop easily re-useable formats or technologies, such as tools for social media or shareable projects that will be tested across a number of organisations

Full details about the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts can be found at

The Fund is also running upcoming workshop events to help people hone their proposals.

If, after visiting the website, you have any queries, please contact