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Grant Programme for Internationalization

Grant Programme for Internationalization

Closing dates:

1 February 2017
10 May 2017
9 August 2017
18 October 2017

Budget: € 820.000

The Grant Programme for Internationalization is a subsidy scheme administered by the Creative Industries Fund NL that aims to advance the international position of the Dutch design sector. The Fund supports projects in the fields of architecture, design and e-culture, including fashion and gaming, which from a cultural perspective possess a social or economic added value. Projects that are eligible for these grants must contribute to the Dutch design sector international reputation and open up opportunities abroad. There should also be an element of cooperation between Dutch and foreign parties, or this should be a project’s expected outcome.

In 2016 there are four application rounds for this grant programme, for which the closing dates are noted above. The fund strives to allocate the available means equally over the different application rounds. After submitting an application you’ll receive a conformation of receipt which will state the exact amount available. The voucher procedure is also funded by the available budget for this grant programme.

Internationalization Programme
Alongside the Grant Programme for Internationalization, the Creative Industries Fund NL also runs the wider-ranging Internationalization Programme.
Applications for a project grant through the Internationalization Grant Programme may be submitted four times in 2016. You must complete the online application form fully and submit it online before the relevant date. Make sure you create an account for the online application environment in good time. The deadline dates for the Grant Programme for Internationalization in 2016 are as follows:

3 February 2016
11 May 2016
10 August 2016
5 Oktober 2016

Letter of advice from foreign diplomatic post or Dutch embassy
Every application should be accompanied by a letter of advice from a Dutch embassy or foreign diplomatic post. This letter should discuss the project, for example, the relevance of the subject or issue, the expertise of the foreign organization involved and the scope. Because of processing time at the Dutch embassies we advise you to contact the embassy or foreign post on time (at least one month prior to submitting the application form). The diplomatic post or embassy may still send this letter directly to the Creative Industries Fund to Anselm van Sintfiet up to one week after the submission deadline.
Projects that are eligible for the Grant Programme for Internationalization must involve or have the expected outcome of:
collaboration between Dutch parties
collaboration with one or more foreign partners
responding to a concrete foreign demand or task

The project includes a preparatory and reporting phase, which must at the very least involve thorough preparation, an evaluation, and feedback about the knowledge and experience gained to the target group described in advance.

Proposals for international reconnaissance projects can only be submitted in response to a relevant open call.
The project must contribute to at least one of the following criteria:
develop and promote the distinctive qualities of the Dutch design sector
broaden the international sphere of activity of the Dutch creative industries
build and strengthen long-term international relations and networks

Grants are awarded to support designers, makers, producers and clients in the creative industries. Other parties, such as cultural institutions, curators and intermediaries are only permitted to apply for a grant if their activities serve to promote the international position of Dutch designers and creatives.

In making its recommendations, the advisory panel will consider the extent to which the project is consistent in its objectives, planning, expertise involved, and the means and level of co-funding. Projects can be located anywhere in the world.
The applications for project grants through the Grant Programme for Internationationalization are assessed by the Internationalization Advisory Committee. The Committee consists of the following members:

Herbert Seevinck (chairman)
Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes
Rebecca Bego
Nikki Gonnissen
Petra Heck
Bruno Vermeersch
Pepijn Verpaalen
Viktor Wijnen-de Bont

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Grant Programme for Internationalization Publication

Learning from Ahmedabad, Practising Architecture in Urban India

HP architecten, 2016

Learning from Ahmedabad is HP Architects’ third project, in which the firm collaborates with local partners to explore sustainable and innovative solutions for spatial briefs in Indian cities. After Mumbai and Delhi, it is focusing on the rapidly developing city of Ahmedabad. The issues that are central include: poor mobility, water management and liveability. Designers from the Netherlands and India will focus on these problems by means of workshop programmes and lectures, with CEPT University and Delft University acting as partners. The project also seeks to promote knowledge exchange and experience relating to urbanism. Ten architects and urban designers who work in Ahmedabad or have a relationship with the city have been asked to define the spatial and architectonic qualities of the city from the standpoint of their own expertise. These contributions will be gathered together with the results of the workshop and published in an English-language edition.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Product development

Summer Sessions

V2_, 2016

‘Summer Sessions’ is an international development project of V2_ for talent development. It offers young artists and designers the opportunity to develop new projects abroad supervised by curators, theoreticians and technicians. During the summer months V2_ sends out talent and V2_Lab welcomes a number of foreign makers. At different times and within their own institutions, every partner showcases its progress. This might entail, for instance, a presentation moment of work-in-progress and a prototype. In addition projects are presented jointly at Ars Electronica Festival in Linz. During the festival the applicant is organizing a network moment in order to widen the scope of the network even further. V2_ is applying for a grant for the Dutch artists who are taking up a residency with partner organizations outside the Netherlands. The artists can apply via an open call given out by V2_. This edition’s project partners include PNEK, Norway, Arquivo 237, Portugal, Kitchen Budapest, Hungary and Metamedia, Croatia. In the long term V2_ and partners intend to submit an application to the Creative Europe Programme for the Summer Sessions.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Research

H.O.S.T. (Harboring Organisms, Sharing Tensions)

Sarah Daher, 2016

Biodesigner Sarah Daher and social-design researcher Markus Wernli are launching the project Harboring Organisms, Sharing Tensions (H.0.S.T). H.O.S.T. is a research project exploring the interface of bio and social design. The research focuses on recycling urine into a source of nutrients to grow plants. The organizers intend this research to push out the boundaries between nutrients, poisons, waste, food and the human and non-human domain. During the research, human test subjects will be encouraged and enabled, by means of fermentation techniques, to purify their urine into a source of nutrients to grow plants. The designers’ intention is to break down the taboos surrounding human waste. Part of the research will be carried out during a residency at Utopiana in Switzerland. The Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, among others, is to host a number of test demonstrations with test subjects. The organizers are collaborating with microbiologists from Hong Kong and TU Delft, biologists and other experts in the fields of science and design. H.O.S.T. is to result in a so-called ‘Anthroponics Plant Cultivating Kit’, a DIY package allowing people to purify their urine at home and grow plants, a touring ‘H.O.S.T. Demo Lab’ targeting activation workshops in the Netherlands, and an anthropological film about the project, thus making the knowledge accessible worldwide. Finally the applicant intends to collaborate with Mediamatic and CASCO on events over the results of the research.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Event

BIO 25 - Faraway, So Close

Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), 2016

In collaboration with the Rotterdam-based curator Angela Rui and Slovenian curator Maja Verdjan, the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana (Slovenia) is organizing the 25th Biennial of Design ‘BIO 25’, which takes place in May 2017 in Ljubljana. As with the previous two editions, the focus will be on finding an alternative structure for the traditional biennial format. Taking the theme ‘Faraway, So Close’, 7 duos have been invited to develop 7 interventions for non-urban areas in Slovenia. The duos are made up of an international maker or design firm and a Slovenian professional from outside the design world. Together they will act as the mentors of over 50 participants divided over 7 projects. The teams will be challenged to place local issues in the context of large-scale social issues, such as climate change. In so doing, the curators aim not just to promote a dialogue between different nationalities, but also between disciplines, locations and levels. The organization recognizes the added value of Dutch designers (or designers who have trained in the Netherlands) who with their forward-thinking ideas, openness and innovative vision can be instrumental in generating integral solutions. The 7 selected makers include Formafantasma and Point Supreme, both of which are established in the Netherlands. The organization is working in collaboration with more than 48 makers from 12 European countries, many of whom trained in the Netherlands. In addition to the 7 interventions, there will be more than 50 events and a main exhibition in MAO accompanied by the publication of an exhibition catalogue.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Programme

New Town labs, four design-workshops in new towns

International New Town Institute, 2016

The International New Town Institute (INTI) is launching the programme ‘New Towns, why we need to rethink the city of tomorrow today’, which consists of a series of research-by-design workshops in a number of New Towns. The applicant intends to use the programme to generate new models for urban and regional growth, which he maintains will lead to safe, social and inclusive environments for new city dwellers. The method that is central to the project combines design, residents’ participation and cultural entrepreneurship in the transformation of systematically built cities. To achieve this INTI specifically focuses on the qualitative approach to urbanization, for example by looking at how people form a community. INTI’s aim is to bring about actual transformation. The programme targets four cities: Alamar (Cuba), Curtiba (Brazil), Nairobi (Kenya) and Shenzhen (China). The central themes are food production, water management and participation. Each city will use research-by-design-workshops to work on a specific theme within the overall coordinating themes. The aim of the workshops is to devise an integral strategic plan that the cities can subsequently put into effect themselves. Local and Dutch institutions and designers will be involved in the workshops. The results of the workshops will be mutually shared with the other New Towns and with the public during the next International New Town Day, June 2017.

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