International Association of Culture and Creative Industry Research

Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Institute of Culture and Creative Industry (SJTU ICCI) is establishing the International Association of Culture and Creative Industry Research (the Association). The Association aims to provide and promote funding and access for promising research into culture and creative industries; learning-teaching opportunities for culture and creative professionals; academically-grounded think tank services for institutions and enterprises; international collaboration among academic and industry partners. It will host international conferences; establish research funds; publish academic journals, industry reports, and policy recommendations. The Association hopes to integrate ideas and perspectives of scholars and practitioners across different generations and fields, to help develop education and training for culture and creative industries, and hence the industries’ growth.

Sample topics of interest to the Association include:

• media studies in a we-media age;

• users and communities on new social media platforms;

• digital technologies, and opportunities and empowerment for culture creative industries;

• intelligent technologies and artistic innovation, among others.

Funding amounts range from US$50,000 (1 or 2 projects) to $20,000 (4 to 5 projects) to US$10,000 (5 to 7 projects). Funding will encourage (but not require) collaboration between SJTU faculty and faculty from other universities. Collaboration should be organic between researchers, rather than imposed. Evidence of promise for a successful collaboration may be awarded with more funding.

Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the Board of Directors or its designated committees. Review standards will adhere to international academic norms, e.g., blind peer expert reviews. Given finite funds, not every proposal will receive funding. When reviewing proposals, the committee considers if the research has potential to contribute significantly to the scholarship surrounding cultural industries, especially from multi-disciplinary perspectives. In addition, the stronger proposals will generate good insights to guide professional and executive practice. Reviewers also consider the potential for winning additional funding from industry, national research foundations, and other sources.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should include:

• Researcher’s condensed curriculum vitae (2-page maximum).

• Research summary and narrative (2-3 pages), plus any other relevant materials. The summary-narrative should describe the research topic and more specific questions, their importance and originality; research’s potential contribution to culture and creative industry scholarship and practice. In addition to outlining theoretical foundations, the proposals should also clarify methodological techniques or activities, e.g., interviews and observations in the field, review of archives, viewing of film content, etc. Briefly describe also expected findings and how they can sustain further studies beyond the grant.

• Opportunities for external funding (1-page maximum).

Proposals must also list the expected expenses surrounding the research, organized in 6-month periods. Travel must identify destinations other than Shanghai, and expected conference destinations. Please email ICCI staff Ms. Ke Qi ( to obtain a sample budget.

Proposals should be submitted to Ms. Ke Qi (

Deadline for proposal submission is July 1, 2021. Proposals will be evaluated starting June 2021, results made known by August 2021. The Association hopes to start disbursing funds by September 2021. Grant recipients will be required to sign agreements with the Association and ICCI, and if collaborating with other researchers, also to sign a collaboration agreement.