Prototyping Economic Futures, Resilience and Innovation in the Community

Funding Competition


You are invited to enter a competition to obtain seedcorn funding (£500 max) aimed at enabling you to explore the potential for one of your ideas to impact the design of Future Cities. While the money is small, the scheme also provides the opportunity to connect to two large and influential groups of researchers in this area, the Creative-Science Foundation and the Future Cities and Community Resilience Network.


Before beginning your application you are encouraged to consult the future cities and community resilience network website:  and the Creative Science Foundation: Here you will acquire better understanding of our mission, philosophy and also details of previous projects that we have funded and had involvement with.


In making your application one of the following  approaches in developing your proposal.


Intel/CSf SFP Method:

This approach is aimed at innovating new technology, business processes or socio-political  structures using Intel’s Science-Fiction story writing approach (SF_Prototyping) which is based on writing a narrative that extrapolates forward current ideas by 10+ years  to investigate new possibilities for future cities. These stories should describe the innovation and assess its human, economic and social implications to show how it can contribute to economic regeneration, new organizational forms, business model creation. Because this call is aimed at realising practical outcomes, we suggest you keep your vision within the next 10 years. If you are using this approach for your application then you should first use the CSf micro-SFP writing proforma to create a micro-SFP of your idea and then use the CSf IMPORT Template proforma  to transform your SFP into a business concept, submitting both, together with the application form, as your entry to this funding competition.If you need ideas, then use the CSf Ideas Sheet.  If you have more time you might develop your micro-SFP into a larger (6 page) SFP comprising the following sections (see the CSf SFP presentation for more information):


Intel/CSf SFP Structure

  1. Introduction (half a page)
  2. Background work (1 page) discusses your work and how it relates to story (including any references).
  3. Fictional Story (4 pages) that illustrates describes and tests (exercises) your vision of the technology and usage.
  4. Short summary (half to one page, say) that provides an overall comment (reflection).
  5. References should be included at the end of the paper.


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FCCR SFP Method:

This adopts an approach which explores  community issues/problems from the ground up  using prototyping to develop strategic insight and long run planning to contribute towards solving that problem (local crime, food supply, energy, sustainable neighbourhood, housing crisis, disaffected youth). This method is based on completing The FCCR “Short Story Writing: Prototyping Creativity” proforma.


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Entry Proceedure


The entry procedure is simple and is as follows:

  1. Send an email expressing your interest in entering this competition to Eve Coles 
  2. Agree a date with Eve on submitting your proposal
  3. Include your profile and pictures (for each applicant) with your funding proposal
  4. Address any technical questions on prototyping  to Gary Graham.


A review board chaired by Prof. Gary Dymski, and including: Dr Graham, Dr Greenhill, Eve Coles and Patrick Hennelly will review and select 3 -5 fundable proposals.