UK registered organisations based in South Wales can apply for a grant funding request between £100,000 and £250,000 to develop innovative products, services or experiences for the media sector.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £100,000
Opens: 18th Sep 2023
Closes: 1st Nov 2023
This competition will be delivered by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, on behalf of Media Cymru, a consortium of 23 partner organisations led by Cardiff University. It is funded by UKRI Strength in Places to invest up to £900,000 through this competition.
Media Cymru is a five year programme with the aim to turn the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) into a global hub for media innovation with a focus on green and fair economic growth.
The aim of this competition is to deliver innovative products, services and experiences to identified challenges and opportunities within the media industry in South Wales through R&D grant funding.
Through this fund we are looking to support commercially viable business led innovation.
Your project must:
The Media Cymru programme pillars are:
Innovate UK want to fund a variety of projects across different technologies, technological maturities and location. We call this a portfolio approach.
This competition will use the portfolio approach approach to fund projects that can demonstrate innovation within the media sector with a particular focus around continuing advances in virtual production and exploiting immersive technologies.
Your project can focus on one or more of the following areas:
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following UK registered:
Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once accepted, partners will be asked to login or to create an account and enter their own project costs into the Innovation Funding Service.
To be an eligible collaboration, the lead and at least one other organisation must apply for funding when entering their costs into the application.
Your project must:
You must only include eligible project costs in your application.
Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian and Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian and Belarusian source.
The lead organisation may be based outside the CCR but justification must be made in your application as to why the project could not be led by an organisation from the CCR. If the lead organisation is based outside the CCR, you must collaborate with an organisation in the CCR.
To lead a project your organisation must:
Collaboration is encouraged within the following sectors and with micro, small or medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the supply chain:
Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total project costs.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
You can use subcontractors from overseas but must make the case in your application as to why you could not use suppliers from the UK.
You must provide a detailed rationale, evidence of the potential UK contractors you approached and the reasons why they were unable to work with you. We will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use an overseas subcontractor.
All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs.
Number of applications
A business, community interest company (CIC) or not for profit can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in a further two applications.
If a business, CIC or not for profit is not leading any application, it can collaborate in up to three applications.
An academic institution or research and technology organisation (RTO) can collaborate on any number of applications.
You cannot use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
Innovate UK will not fund projects that:
Innovate UK cannot fund projects that are:
A total of up to £900,000 is available to fund projects in this competition. Awards will be between £100,000 and £250,000 per project. Funding will be in the form of a grant.
If your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically but for the purpose of this project will be undertaking commercial or economic activity.
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them. Of that 30% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:
Book an appointment to speak to one of our advisors to discuss your eligibility to apply for this Grant Funding opportunity.