End date: 23 April 2021

OpenXR is a funding call for SMEs in the Yorkshire and Humber region to deliver research and development (R&D) projects that focus on prototype immersive and interactive story experiences or storytelling tools and platforms. Applicants can bid for up to £30,000, as well as access funded internships to support with projects.

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Applicants are invited to explore innovation in screen-based storytelling through technologies under the ‘XR’ umbrella. This could include: 

  • Virtual reality
  • Augmented reality
  • Mixed reality
  • Interactive productions
  • Motion and volumetric capture technologies

OpenXR Objectives

Funding will be awarded to SMEs in the Yorkshire and Humber region whose proposed projects have a clear prototype output, strongly evidenced market opportunities and have project teams who are passionate about bringing relevant academic research to their R&D activities. Applications also need to meet the following objectives: 

1. To enable new, innovative and commercial immersive and interactive story experiences

We want to see:

  • A strong argument and evidence that the innovation proposed is new to the creative industries.
  • Evidence that there is a market for innovation and a clear route to market.

2. To encourage convergence

We are interested in the convergence of genres implied by immersive and interactive technologies. We want to encourage new cross-industry collaborations, for example:

  • Performing arts and video games
  • TV production and location-based experiences
  • Music videos and interactivity.

OpenXR Outputs

All proposals must include the following outputs: 

  • An advanced prototype story experience or story-telling tool or platform 
  • Evidence of the R&D process followed, including user testing and feedback (an R&D diary would be ideal)
  • An end of project report
  • A showcase video for each project that is aligned with your commercial and investment approach which is suitable to be shared with XR Stories’ funders.

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To find out more, please complete the OpenXR sign up form. Once you have submitted your details, we will share a guidance document with you which will provide further information about the funding call. 


Applications close on Friday 23rd April at 11:59pm. 

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For more information, please email [email protected]