Prototyping, Impact and Assessment Research and Development Grants (round two)

End date: 19 June 2024

Prototyping, Impact and Assessment (PIA) research and development (R&D) grants of up to £10,000 are available to research staff at UK universities to develop new ideas and complete existing research related to 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.

PIA R&D objectives

The aims of the PIA grants are to help identify and start to solve real industry problems, and to build a clearer research agenda for VP and the use of real-time technologies in the screen and creative industries.

Ideal PIA projects are those that help establish new relationships between industry and academic partners, and that focus on short term interactions and testing ideas.


  • 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].