Unlock R&D is a readily accessible fund that encourages new ideas and industry-academic collaborations with Leamington Spa and the West Midlands’ creative and digital companies.

The fund aligns with the University of Warwick’s research strengths in various fields, and aims to enhance engagement with the region’s thriving Createch sector. We are working to drive partnerships based on business and community needs, generate positive outcomes through projects which hope to spark future relationships and opportunities to bid for funding.

Join us at an upcoming event or contact us to find out more.


We bring together academics and industry to showcase their work on a different theme each month through our Unlock series.

Unlock events give organisations and individuals the chance to connect, network, and showcase their work to a wider audience. The format is designed to foster collaboration and create opportunities for new partnerships to form. Present your experience and projects, exchange ideas, and explore potential collaborations.

I thought the event was so well organised and the team were lovely. There was clearly an extremely amount of hard work that went into making this event such a success!

Peter McKenna, Warwick Medical School
Unlock: Future of Learning

Genuinely a really super event. I’ve walked away from it with loads of contacts and ideas that definitely were not in any way on my radar before!

Robyn Winfield-Smith, Liminal Immersive
Unlock: Tech for Good

Get involved

Creative Futures will support four Unlock R&D projects each year that focus on research and development and businesses benefiting from market insights, data analysis and evaluation as well as use and access to University of Warwick facilities and spaces.

We ask for expressions of interest from industry leads through a simple form. The Creative Futures team will then contact and support businesses with identifying suitable academics or researchers for their projects.

Upcoming Events

Register for our next event here, or view our upcoming programme of events on Eventbrite.

If you have questions about an upcoming Unlock event, or are interested in participating as a speaker/demonstrator, please contact us, and a member of the team will be in touch to discuss.

Warwick Researchers

Gavin Schwartz-Leeper
Saadia Gardezi
Catherine Fenn
Alan Chalmers
Mark Elliott

Contact Us

Use the form below to enquire about how we can connect you to researchers and our networks. A member of our team will reach out to you regarding your enquiry.