The Creative Industries Clusters Programme is the biggest single UK government investment in the creative industries.

It is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and is being delivered by the Arts and Humanities Research Council on behalf of UK Research and Innovation. This unprecedented research and development programme will keep the UK at the cutting edge globally; creating jobs, developing talent and driving the creation of products and experiences that can be marketed around the world, significantly contributing to UK economic growth, both nationally and regionally.


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This £80 million programme demonstrates the geographical diversity of the sector, with clusters based across the four nations of the UK, and its huge potential for regional economic growth.

It is the first of its kind government investment in the UK’s vibrant and globally important creative industries and the most significant that the AHRC has secured in its history.

A new Policy and Evidence Centre for the sector, led by global innovation foundation Nesta, with partners across the UK - including Cardiff University - will connect the creative industries, research communities, and policy-makers; providing independent evidence and analysis to help inform policy-making.