Embedded Research and Development Grants (round two)

End date: 19 June 2024

Embedded research and development (R&D) grants of up to £60,000 are available to research staff at UK universities to transfer knowledge to a named industry partner, in areas aligned with virtual production (VP) and the themes of XR Network:

  • VP Integration of virtual game worlds and physical content. 
  • Sound Design in VP.
  • Environments, Characters and Objects.
  • Digital Assets, Data, Ethics, and Intellectual Property.
  • AI and data-driven automation.
  • Translation and Impact in the Digital Economy.

Embedded R&D objectives

The overarching outcome from these projects is closer collaboration with industry to help build a clear research agenda for VP and the use of real-time technologies in the screen and creative industries.

Ideal embedded R&D projects will build on established or existing relationships between industry and academic partners that are working towards a tangible outcome. This might, for example, take the form of a researcher embedded within a company, or being dedicated to a specific R&D project with a company.


  • Applications close: 19 June 2024 at 12:00pm
  • Funding decisions and agreements sent: Week commencing 12 August 2024
  • Grant agreements signed by: 16 September 2024
  • Projects start: 23 September 2024
  • Projects finish: 28 March 2025

How to apply

Read the R&D grants round two guidance document.

Complete the following documents and upload to the XR Network+ submission portal:

  1. Application form
  2. Project work plan template.
  3. Project budget (template not provided – please upload your own project budget document).

Additional questions

If you have any questions that are not addressed in the guidance document, please email  [email protected].