creative industries fund nl
Grant Programme for Talent Development

Grant Programme for Talent Development

Budget: € 650.000

The Creative Industries Fund NL uses the Grant Programme for Talent Development to support a new generation of designers and makers – working in the fields of architecture, design or digital culture – in further developing and profiling their own exceptional professional ability. This development is supported by the strengthening of their own cultural entrepreneurship.

Selected applicants receive a working grant of € 25,000 for a period of 12 months. The grant consists of three parts: one freely disposable part for their own artistic and professional development, one part for the professionalization of their own practice and one part for presentation purposes.

There is one application round per year. Click here to see the selected makers and designers in the 2017-2018 application round.
The Talent Development Grant Programme is intended for designers and makers who graduated a maximum of four years ago from a relevant study in the field of architecture, design or art & media technology.

Application as a studio or collective:
The subsidy that can be applied for under the Grant Programme for Talent Development is awarded to an individual designer or maker. However, you may also apply for the grant as a studio or collective, which means that a single grant of € 25,000 per studio or collective can be awarded.

You need to be registered as a company with the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel or its foreign equivalent) when you receive the subsidy.
The working grant is awarded on the basis of a development plan formulated by the applicant. This plan must contribute to both the artistic and professional development of the maker or designer. The development plan describes activities that can contribute in this area and also activities that contribute to the presentation of the work.
The evaluation takes place in two phases. In phase 1, the evaluation focuses on:
the quality of the maker's work;
the contribution to professional practice and the expectation of the extent to which this will become an inspiring example for professional colleagues and audiences with wider interests;
the degree of reflection on the applicant's own position within the design field.

In phase 2, the evaluation focuses on:
the extent to which the proposed activities contribute to the applicant's own artistic and professional development;
a firm belief in the potential and characteristics for development;
the extent to which the activities reach a suitable audience;
the extent to which the various applications together contribute to the objectives of this grant programme.
An application consists of:
In addition to completing the online application form in the online application environment, the following documents need to be uploaded:

Phase 1:
1. motivation letter, up to 2 pages, as PDF (portrait, A4 size) and up to 650 words
2. portfolio:
up to 15 pages (portrait, A4 size, max. 15 MB);
a description of substantive and artistic principles and how they are expressed in the work (up to 100 words);
visual documentation: work from the past 2 to 3 years with corresponding to data such as title, year, size, technique, etc. Optional additional information per project up to 50 words (e.g. about context, cooperation, type of plan). Clearly state your own share in cooperation projects;
If you add moving images: link to an online platform (Vimeo, Youtube, or equivalent). Stills including a caption should be included in the pdf file of each film. The maximum duration is 10 minutes. If you want to show several films, make a compilation of up to 10 minutes.
3. CV, maximum 2 pages (portrait, A4 size)
4. copy of your degree from a relevant study in the field of architecture, design or digital culture, as PDF

Phase 2:
The advisory committee compiles a longlist on the basis of phase 1. Selected applicants on the longlist are given approximately four weeks to formulate a development plan. Selected applicants will receive a € 1,000 grant to write this development plan. This plan describes the intended activities which contribute to the applicant's own artistic and professional development. The plan relates to the entire grant period of 12 months.

Subsidy Regulations and Grant Programme for Talent Development
The Creative Industries Fund NL has Subsidy Regulations (PDF) that formally apply to the application, evaluation, awarding and final approval of a grant. Supplementary grant programmes have been drawn up with specific objectives and conditions. Read the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) as well as the Grant Programme for Talent Development (PDF) attentively before submitting an application.

Online application environment
The application should be submitted using the online application environment. You have to sign up and create an account to do so. Please note: do so in a timely manner, it can take up to 1 working day for the Fund to validate the account and this is only done during the working week.

Do you have any other questions? See if your question is answered in the FAQ or get in touch with the Fund.
After your application has been submitted, the Fund office checks whether you comply with the formal requirements as listed in the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the Grant Programme for Talent Development.

An advisory committee will evaluate your request on the basis of the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the Grant Programme for Talent Development. The committee primarily evaluates the extent to which your application is aligned with the criteria listed in Articles 16 - 21 of the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the specific objective of the Grant Programme for Talent Development (Article 1 of the Grant Programme for Talent Development (PDF)). The committee will issue a recommendation to the Creative Industries Fund NL’s Board. View the composition of the advisory committee for the Talent Development Grant Programme here.

The evaluation within the Talent Development Grant Programme consists of two phases: The advisory committee compiles a longlist on the basis of the portfolio, the CV and the motivation letter. The selected applicants on the longlist are asked to formulate a development plan. The second-phase selection takes place on the basis of these development plans.

The board will take the committee's recommendation into account in their decision to award the grant or not. The selection for the longlist in the first phase will be announced approximately six weeks after the closing date of the application round. All the applicants will receive a report in which the committee presents an impression of the evaluated applications. In this phase no individual feedback is provided.

In the second phase, the committee awards a maximum of 26 grants. This selection will be announced at the end of July. Every applicant who has submitted a development plan will receive personal feedback about the evaluation. The grant period for the selected applicants runs from August to October the following year.

If you do not agree with the Creative Industries Fund NL’s decision you can submit a reviewed application or a letter of appeal. More information is provided here.

If you receive a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL you will enter into obligations. Please read important information on your accountability here. Download the accountability form immediately here.
For further information please contact:
Marieke Ladru
Hugo van de Poel

You can also call +31 (0)10 4361600.

If you have questions concerning the online application environment please contact the secretariat.

grants issued Talent Development


Grant Programme for Talent Development Open Call

Ineke Hans - Studio|Salon

Ineke Hans, 2016

Designer Ineke Hans (b. The Netherlands, 1966) initiated the Studio|Salon project in London in 2015. Her goal is to study the future position of furniture and the changing role of the designer in an international context. This multi-year programme includes a series of expert meetings, Q & A sessions, presentations and public XLSalons, in which Dutch design practice is mirrored against the British design mentality. During her stay in London, Hans has built up a solid international network of designers, manufacturers, commissioners, curators and writers. With the grant she wants to complete her large-scale study. The outcomes and findings will result in a presentation at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The reports and audio recordings from the salons will also be published on a website. The selection of Hans was motivated by her unique position and network within London’s design world, which she exploits in a convincing manner to connect Dutch talent with the international market.

Grant Programme for Talent Development Open Call

Moniek Driesse - A Drop of Water on a Hot Plate

Moniek Driesse, 2016

Moniek Driesse (b. Strijen, 1983) is conducting socio-spatial research into the water infrastructure in Mexico City, which is under pressure because of urban development. Driesse wants to visualize the social consequences of this spatial process and broach the topic of the city’s complex water issues among the local population. In this regard she is cooperating with the Autoridad del Espacio Público (AEP), responsible for the strategic planning and development of public space in Mexico City, and with the Dutch design office de Urbanisten. These parties have previously conducted a large-scale study into the city’s water problems. Driesse will employ the maps, illustrations, photos, diagrams and other visual materials from this report as input for her socio-spatial analysis. Driesse will also be establishing contact with local stakeholders and residents. By means of workshops and a temporary intervention in the district of Iztapalapa, she will chart and visualize the testimony of local residents. Other partners include 100 Resilient Cities, a project that increases the resilience of cities, and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Mexico. The results will be published in a Spanish-English publication and a presentation in the context of the World Design Capital programme, which is being staged in Mexico City in 2018.

Grant Programme for Talent Development Open Call

Studio Gabriel A. Maher - Seductive Criticism

Gabriel A. Maher, 2016
Gabriel A. Maher gained her Master in Social Design from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2014. With a background in interior architecture and design education, her practice primarily concentrates on relationships between body and structure and an interest in objects and systems. Her methodology is to create situations where research and design converge in performance. Questioning design practices through queer and feminist frameworks has become a core position and approach. With the grant Maher will broaden her ongoing research to explore ties between digital representations of the body, the development of identity and the production of human subjectivity in greater depth. In this regard she will cooperate with the digital platform dazeddigital.comwhich will serve as a case study. Together with Jefferson Hack (media theorist), Alice Rawsthorn (design critic) and the Dazed team, Maher has developed digital technology – ‘Seductive Criticism’ – with which the body, as represented on digital platforms, can be dissected and analysed. Maher hopes to employ this to devise a new digital method for the interpretation of digital images and the presentation of cultural critique. The research will also yield a live performance that Maher will develop in Stockholm, where Iaspis – the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Program for practitioners in Visual and Applied Arts, Design and Architecture – has invited her for a residency.

Grant Programme for Talent Development Open Call


Louisa Zahareas, 2016

Architect and designer Louisa Zahareas gained her Master in Social Design from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2015. In her design practice she focuses on speculative scenarios in which human consciousness is contrasted with that of the machine. Together with the University of Arizona, Zahareas has devised an algorithmic system to produce anamorphic 3D objects. These objects represent the machine’s perspective on physical reality. With the grant she is planning to develop this technology further, so that it can also be used by designers, architects and artists with little knowledge of coding. Zahareas also intends to establish a collaboration with the Evolving Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Wyoming, with which she wants to develop a design method that makes it possible to produce objects and interiors that are not recognized as such by AI. The results of the research and the anamorphic objects will be presented at Design Miami 2016’s Curio platform and Dutch Design Week 2017.

Grant Programme for Talent Development Open Call

Thomas Ankersmit - CTM/Berghain

Thomas Ankersmit, 2016

Thomas Ankersmit (b. Leiden, 1979) has been invited to develop a new electronic sound performance for the 18th edition of the CTM Festival in Berlin. The piece will be premiered at the Berghain club in early February, and will subsequently be presented on various platforms and at festivals in Europe. This audio work is an investigation into the potential and perception of infrasound – the sounds in the lowest bass register, on the boundary between what can still be heard and physical vibration. The 30-minute piece is characterized by quadraphonic sound and combines sounds produced in the studio with life performance on the modular synthesizer and computer. Ankersmit will be staying in Berlin from October 2016 to January 2017, where he will be carrying out on-site research in Berghain, focusing on the possibilities with the available sound systems, the acoustics of the space, and the handling of infrasounds.

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