Next Stage Digital Economy

Working in close partnership with the Technology Strategy Board, the Connected Digital Economy Catapult and with support from Microsoft Research, the Research Councils UK Digital Economy (DE) Theme is seeking to promote the realisation of impact and enhanced exploitation of the outcomes arising from its investments in the research base. This call is designed to consolidate, harness and build upon existing DE knowledge and skills arising from DE Theme-funded and related funded awards to help accelerate the research outcomes and outputs to the next stage and create more real impact (be it economic, societal or cultural).

Prior to being invited to submit a full proposal, potential applicants will be required to demonstrate that they possess a valid 'entry ticket' to be eligible to apply against this call. The 'entry ticket' will be validated by the DE Theme on presentation of this information which will include details of the relevant DE Theme and related funding that assembled forms a substantial critical mass of coherent research and skills to build upon. The DE grant portfolio list (detailing funding body, grant reference/title, and value of DE relevant funding) should be accompanied by a coherence statement which sets out and justifies how this consolidated portfolio will enable the applicant(s) to deliver the overarching objective of this call as well as a summary statement of aims and future plans.

Please email your 'entry ticket' submission to as soon as possible for consideration.

Invited full proposals must be submitted to Je-S by 16:00 on 09 October 2014.

Twitter chat summary

Are you interested in applying to the Research Councils UK Digital Economy Theme's Next Stage call?

On Thursday 17 July, Portfolio Managers from the AHRC, ESRC and EPSRC held a Twitter chat to answer questions about the Next Stage call. A summary of the chat is available.

You can follow the RCUK DE Theme on Twitter at @RCUK_DE, and the hashtag for this chat was #NxtStage.

Key dates

Activity Date
Call launched 10 July 2014
Twitter chat session 17 July 2014
Closing date - invited full proposals 09 October 2014
Interview Prioritisation panel February 2015
Funding decision March / April 2015

For reference, an indicative list of DE-related funding, and a list of Frequently Asked Questions, are available to download below.