By drawing together expertise from within and outside the University, we're working to fundamentally transform digital innovation, and create more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous futures for all. Explore some of the current projects and programmes either led by our key researchers and academics, or making use of BDFI facilities.
Launching BDFI - £100m Research Partnership Investment Fund
BDFI was launched in September 2019 thanks to thanks to £100 million of investment from Research England, 27 research partners, the University of Bristol and philanthropic sources. The programme includes a £29 million project to establish new globally unique facilities.
Translating 5G research into economic impact
Cutting-edge connectivity is about a lot more than faster download speeds.5G infrastructure can help industries like logistics bring substantial rewards to our region.
Connecting the world’s leading digital research centres
The pace and scale of change in digital technology demands major intercontinental collaboration if we’re to ensure an equitable digital future for all.
Has COVID-19 widened the digital divide?
Digital inequality was already pervasive pre-pandemic, but the nationwide closure of shared spaces – offices, libraries, schools, and more – means our reliance on digital technology is greater than ever.
Making sense of artificial intelligence
How can we make the seemingly impenetrable world of machine learning and automated decision-making more intelligible for the general public?
Helping digital culture inspire healthy ageing
Social and cultural participation contributes to longer, healthier lives. But only 13.5% of over-75s take part in cultural activities. Can digital technology improve uptake?
Want to find out what we’ve been up to in the past year?
Download the BDFI Impact Report (PDF, 7,156kB)