£10k screen industries research call now open

Are you an academic researcher who has not had leadership involvement in a research grant before? Can your research provide insights useful for the screen industries?

SIGN’s First Grants Scheme is a funding call designed to support researchers who have not been a principal investigator or co-investigator on a grant worth more than £5,000.

Researchers who meet this criteria and are based at a higher education institution in the UK are invited to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 to develop new and innovative screen industries research.

Proposed projects should be theoretically informed, empirically rich and provide useful insights to contribute to the development of the screen industries in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The project should also address at least one of SIGN’s key challenge areas and will need to evidence a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in line with XR Stories and SIGN’s diversity and inclusion policy.

The scheme was developed with the help of the Early Career Research Network.

SIGN is hosting a free online First Grants Scheme application workshop and Q&A on Wednesday 6 October to support the application process. Find out more about this event.

Jon Swords, Senior Research Fellow at XR Stories and SIGN at the University of York says… “The screen industries have undergone huge change over the last 20 years and the UK sector is world leading in many aspects. But the impact of COVID-19, continuing skills and training gaps and longstanding exclusions and discrimination means the industry faces many challenges. This funding scheme is an opportunity for people new to research to produce knowledge to address development of the screen industries and feed into SIGN’s wider programme of research and industry engagement.”

To find out more about this call, please visit our First Grants Scheme call page.

The deadline to apply is Monday 15 November 2021 at midday.