The Digit Innovation Fund supports innovative research projects that advance our understanding of how digital technologies are transforming work.

A total of £500,000 will be awarded over the life of the Digit Research Centre (2020-2024) through this fund to complement our core Digit research programme.

Our final funding round will be advertised in Spring 2023.

Previous funding rounds

The Digit Innovation Fund is open to research organisations across the UK.  In previous rounds, funding has been available for projects which cost between £10,000 to £50,000 fEC and are no longer than one year in length. However, we very strongly encourage smaller applications as we are limited in the number of large applications that can be awarded.

Projects must be costed at 100% full economic cost (fEC) and will be funded at 80% fEC, according to UKRI guidelines.

Find out more about projects funded through the first three funding rounds below.

Guidance documents for earlier funding rounds can be found here:

Funded Projects

The projects funded in Round 1 are:

These projects have now concluded.

The projects funded in Round 3 are:

  • Cassandra Bowkett (University of Manchester), Industry 4.0 and the role of Human Resource Managers
  • Louise Hickman (University of Cambridge), The Digitalisation of Access Work: fiction to policy recommendations
  • Krystallia Moysidou (University of Sussex), Crowdwork in the creative industry: The case of subscription crowdfunding
  • Rebecca Taylor (University of Southampton), Beyond organisational boundaries: Open source digital infrastructure in the delivery of products and services

These projects will conclude in August 2023.