AHRC is pleased to announce a call for UK-China Research-Industry Creative Partnerships.

This is the second stage of a new international programme seeking to develop research-industry partnerships between the UK and China in the creative industries. The programme is funded through the UKRI (UK Research and Innovation) Fund for International Collaboration (FIC).

The overarching aim of the programme is to enable a rapid scaling-up of engagements between the UK and China – with a specific focus on Shanghai as China’s cultural and creative industries powerhouse – in order to facilitate new collaborations in the creative industries that deliver sustained economic, cultural and intellectual benefits in both countries.

The call will establish between 5 and 8 Creative Partnerships bringing together HEIs and / or Independent Research Organisations, creative industries businesses and other key partner organisations to deliver new activity around an area of thematic focus that will drive growth and world-leading standards of research and innovation through the pooling of expertise, knowledge and resources. The Partnerships will be balanced in the division of roles, responsibilities and activities between the two countries and comprise an appropriate mix of academic expertise and creative industry representation both from the UK and China.

The UK-China Research-Industry Creative Partnerships should be framed around R&D activity in one of the following areas:

Creative Design: particularly in relation to the creation of new products and services at the intersection of design and big data

Theatre and the performing arts: particularly in relation to mixed reality experiences

Fashion and textiles

Story-telling and animation

The use of interactive and immersive technologies in museums and cultural institutions


Funding up to a maximum of £500k is available per project on the UK side on a full economic cost (fEC) basis with AHRC meeting 80% of the fEC. Applicants will be required to demonstrate equivalent resource investment to support the Chinese component of projects.

Projects should be a maximum of 36 months in duration and should start by 1st February 2020.