The AHRC is very interested in design innovation at the moment. This fund looks is particularly interesting because it supports speculative research.
Funding Body: AHRC
Scheme: Design in innovation: research development funding
Overview: This call is aimed at enabling groups of researchers, including academics, design practitioners, businesses and any other relevant non-academic organisations or individuals, to hold exploratory workshops, networking and collaborative activities, or conduct original research reviews, scoping studies or capacity building activities focusing on design in innovation.
The following areas were identified as being in particular need of academic investigation:
•the role of design in service innovation;
•the role of design in the innovation ecosystem;
•providing evidence of the impact of design.
Awards should last for a maximum of six months and should be completed by the end of October 2014.
Budget: Funding of up to £50,000 is available on full economic costs basis with the AHRC meeting 80% of the FEC
Deadlines: 31 October 2013