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Applications open again for Connected Innovators

Applications are now open for the third round of our new funding stream Connected Innovators!

Part of the Creative Informatics programme, Connected Innovators gives you the opportunity to apply for funding for research and development or professional development.

Connected Innovators is an opportunity for creative people, like you, with an idea, practice, business, or (approach) to apply for funding for research and development or professional development.

The programme will allow you funded time to develop what you’re working on, which has potential to grow.

Growth could mean (in no particular order):

  • Supporting your creative community (i.e. through your work and by developing work that supports them, which could be your collective, studio, or wider community with far-reaching impact)
  • Self-development (i.e. gaining new skills, insights, and experiences for your own professional growth - though you need to produce something that be shared more widely at the end of it
  • Exploring innovative ways of doing things (i.e. new approaches to collaborating with other creative people, new ways of problem-solving, and new ways to make money from your practice)
  • Developing your practice (i.e. gaining new skill sets, materials, tools, staff or a team)
  • Championing your creative chums (i.e. showcasing people doing great work or working with them)
  • Scaling (i.e. growing your business, engaging with new markets, expanding your team, and developing new products or services at scale)
  • Experimentation towards creating a new thing (i.e. objects, digital objects, creative services, creative products like film, dance, or theatre among many others)

All of this must be data-driven.

What is data you ask? Data is a fancy term for information that you may or may not realise you are already working with. If you’re not sure how data applies to your practice, we will help you identify these data sets.

In order to participate, your work should explore one of the four key areas:

  • Developing new modalities of experience (definition: modality - a particular way of doing or experiencing something)
  • Exploring new business models for the creative industries
  • Developing access to and engagement with new audiences (and markets) (i.e. engagement can mean putting on work for them, working with audiences, community-led practice, collaborating with the public, and exploring new customers)
  • Unlocking the value of archives and data sets (i.e. discovering hidden information that informs your practice, compiling information to you are already working with (whether you know it or not) to make something new.

Connected Innovators is seeking leaders with social impact at the heart of their practice.

A ‘leader’ refers to people that show leadership and have shown it by supporting others in their community, making things no one else has, doing things differently, and driving forward positive change within the creative industries.

Successful participants will receive financial support and facilitated peer support to complete R&D projects and/or professional development around data and data-driven innovation. The results of which will be shared across Edinburgh’s wider creative community.

For examples of projects that were previously awarded Connected Innovators funding, read about the first round cohort here and the second round here.

Applications for the third round of Connected Innovators open on March 19th 2021 and will close on Monday 28th June 2021.


To find our more about Connected Innovators and the wider Creative Informatics programme, visit the Creative Informatics website where you can also browse our FAQ, read and download our guidelines and view a full copy of the application form.

If you’ve any questions for Creative Edinburgh regarding Connected Innovators, please email info@creative-edinburgh.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Connected Innovators is part of Creative Informatics, an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded programme for harnessing the information you work with (data) to better yourself and ultimately benefit the wider creative industries. It is made up of four partners including Creative Edinburgh, Codebase, Edinburgh Napier’s School of Creative Industries, and Edinburgh University’s School of Design Informatics. The programme is one of nine creative clusters across the U.K. exploring the future of the Creative Industries. This programme is also linked to the Edinburgh City & Region Deal, part of the City of Edinburgh Council, and the new Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI)

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