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The Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise (InGAME) project has started to help the first projects from its R&D voucher scheme. Led by Abertay University, in partnership with the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, the £11.5m InGAME R&D collaboration aims to deliver innovative research and R&D support for the Dundee games industry.

Companies pitch projects for the InGAME team to work on while the results of the research are 100% owned by the company.

InGAME is jointly funded by an investment of £5.25m, from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and an additional investment of £500,000 from the Scottish Funding Council.

Last year, the project launched the InGAME R&D Voucher Scheme, allowing games companies, businesses and non-profit organisations to pitch for blocks of academic expertise, resources and support worth up to a maximum of £5,000 per project.

This model allows voucher holders to quickly develop and test new ideas without the risk of financial and time limitations. Developers can prove concepts and assess the feasibility of creative and commercial opportunities.

Project Director of InGAME Sean Taylor said:

“I’m delighted that these projects have been awarded funding and it’s really pleasing to see such a diverse range of collaborations getting underway.

“We had a fantastic response to the first round of our R&D Voucher Scheme and we are now actively encouraging both games studios and other businesses to make pitches for the next phase.”