The shortlist for the first stage of the Creative Clusters Programme, an £80m investment in collaborative research and development between the UK’s renowned creative industry and UK universities, has been announced with 22 proposals progressing to the next stage.

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

A huge interest in the call, saw an unprecedented 65 “statements of intent” submitted from partnerships between industry, universities and other sector organisations at the end of last year. Due to this high demand, the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) who are running this call have 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 is funded through the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, with up to eight Research & Development Partnerships planned to launch by October 2018.

The full list of bids (who opted to share information) is listed below, click on any bid to see the full bid summary:

The successful bids will be announced in early July 2018.

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