As a result of a three-year grant from the University Research Fund (URF) at the University of Huddersfield, the Centre for Research in New Music initiated the Speculations in Sound International Research Network, bringing together a group of leading universities and institutes to carry out a high-profile programme of research collaboration. The network has supported opportunities for research exchange and partnership in various areas of new music, including composition, performance, music technology, improvisation, new sonic media, and musicology, including many of the projects outlined below. The grant also enabled a series of key Creative Industry Partnerships, including projects with the Bozzini Quartet (Canada), Apartment House (UK), ELISION ensemble (Australia), the BlackBox Project, and the HCR partnership with NMC Records.
A follow-up to the 2015 URF grant, this University Research Fund award provided funding to create the Creative Coding Lab, which focuses on on software programming for creative purposes with projects covering applied psychoacoustics, 3D spatialisation, interactive analysis, and large database navigation and resynthesis. Further funding supports the continued staff exchanges of the Speculations in Sound international research network, as well as continued support for the HCR industry partnership with NMC Records.