The Digit Innovation Fund is designed to support innovative research projects to a total value of £500,000 over the life of the Digit research centre (2020-2024). The Innovation Fund provides pump-prime support for new projects that complement the core Digit research programme. There will likely be four rounds, and intention to distribute funds equally across each call. Projects must be costed at 100% full economic cost (fEC) and will be funded at 80% fEC, according to UKRI guidelines. Funding in this round is available for projects which cost between £10,000 to £50,000 fEC and are maximum one year in length. We strongly encourage smaller applications as we are very limited in the number of large applications that can be awarded. The fund is open to the research organisations across the UK, though project team members may be based elsewhere.
Ideas for projects should align with the Digit research objectives and can relate to how digital technologies are transforming work at any stage of the policy process from inception to impact, at any level from the global to the local (though must be directly applicable to the UK) and in any setting, for businesses, unions, governments and/or NGOs and the voluntary sector. All projects can be developed in partnership with Digit researchers, though Digit researchers cannot themselves directly apply for funding.
Visit the Digit website for more information.