Collaborative Research Grants

***Now closed for applications***

Academics based at universities in Yorkshire and the Humber were invited to apply for the SIGN Collaborative Grants Scheme to undertake research on screen industry priorities.

We welcomed applications for collaborative research projects which contribute to the activities of SIGN. Applicants could bid for up to £40,000 for research to be conducted over a maximum of 12 months. Research teams must include academics from at least two of the region’s higher education institutions and propose interdisciplinary research.

The scheme fosters collaboration between universities in the region and develop interdisciplinary networks that advance knowledge about, and for, the screen industries. The scheme addresses one of the key aims of the SIGN HEI Partners’ group which is made up of representatives from the universities of Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Leeds Beckett, Leeds Trinity, Sheffield, York and York St. John.

The Collaborative Grants Scheme is centred around SIGN’s work streams which focus on diversity and inclusion; business support; and skills and training. Research will feed directly into their work to help make Yorkshire and the Humber the UK’s centre for digital creativity, and a model of diverse and inclusive activity.

We developed thematic research areas to guide applications. These are priority areas for SIGN and the region’s screen industries, and applications should centre on one or more of these.

Diversity and Inclusion research areas:

  • Career trajectories of people leaving the screen industries
  • Career progression and journeys through the screen industries, particularly progression to higher levels
  • Diversity and inclusion schemes: what does and doesn’t work?

Skills and Training research areas:

  • Skills and training needs to build sustainable screen industries – what skills do workers need to support carbon-zero aspirations?
  • Identification of best practice for addressing skills needs and gaps in the screen industries
  • The effectiveness of job descriptions for recruitment and skills matching

Business Support research areas:

  • Production-related research looking at changes in processes, production methods or content design that are emerging as a result of Covid
  • Emerging means of maximising monetisation of content across media that are relevant to independent producers
  • Emergence of Virtual Production and its viability for independent producers

The geographical focus of research does not need to be Yorkshire and the Humber. Our priority is identifying useful insights for the region’s screen industries which may be drawn from elsewhere in the UK, Europe and wider world.

We define the screen industries to include: TV, film, games, and digital media more broadly. We are not restrictive in terms of format, type of distribution or exhibition platform, organisational form, or production process. We are interested in the particularities of different parts of the screen sector, so proposals do not need to focus on all of the above.

Next steps

Full call document
***Now closed to applications***
Read our news piece on the development of the scheme

To help us understand how well we’re doing on our equality, diversity and inclusion commitments, we ask that all applicant consider completing our monitoring questionnaire (link in the call document).

For enquiries about this scheme, please email [email protected]

This project is part of:

  • Research

    Investigating the challenges facing the screen industries and devising evidence-based interventions