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Open calls

Open calls

The Creative Industries Fund NL puts topical themes on the agenda by means of Open Calls that are prompted by its various programmes or by collaborations with other funding bodies. The Open Calls are quick and easily accessible procedures, for which an application that provides a limited amount of information can be submitted. Please note the website is only partially translated. For a full version, please check the Dutch website.

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Open Call Fresh Perspectives #2

Creative Industries Fund NL is inviting designers and creatives from the creative industries to submit proposals in conjunction with a social or expert partner, focused on tackling a pressing task as a team. With the Open Call: Fresh Perspectives, the Fund is encouraging designers with a sound concept to enter into a collaboration with a reputable company, organization or knowledge institution. The deadline for submissions is 2 May 2018.

The Funds supports hundreds of talented designers and creatives in the development of their professional practice every year. The research and experiments of these creatives often form the start of the design chain. This involves the unrestrained combination of expertise and methods, often resulting in novel insights, concepts and prototypes. The Fund has noted a strong desire among designers/creatives to develop these outcomes further and render them applicable beyond their own discipline or professional practice. However, there is often a lack of decisive clout in the guise of a sturdy external party that is able to translate ideas into results. The Fund has also noticed that organizations and enterprises can gain a lot from the fresh perspective of a designer across a diversity of complex tasks. All too often a designer is not involved in the process until too late, if at all.

The aim of this open call is to bring together designers and parties with a solid social or expert position around the same table. The Fund is challenging these parties to exploit this collaboration to arrive at innovative, surprising solutions for topical design tasks.

Click here for an overview of the projects that received support in the previous round of Fresh Perspectives.

this Open Call’s set-up
Creative Industries Fund NL is setting aside €160,000 for this Open Call. The maximum grant per project is €40,000, divided across two phases.

Depending on the task, the outcomes of the collaboration can assume a diversity of forms, whether a product, intervention or service. Collaborating with international partners is an option, though a Dutch interest should prevail within the project.

The conditions stipulated by the Fund are that:

the designer/creative is involved throughout the process;
both parties commit themselves to the collaboration;
the expected added value of the collaboration for the creative as well as the partner is justified clearly in the application;
the project is currently in a start-up phase;
a form of presentation that is relevant for the sector is included at the end of the process.
the designer serves as the author, i.e. he or she submits the application on behalf of the collaborating parties.
there is in no regard a client-commissioner relationship between the two parties.

The financial contribution is divided into two phases. Proposals provide insight into the entire process, but focus specifically on the substance and activities involved in the first phase.

1. The initial phase involves a period of up to five months for preliminary research, during which the project is prepared and the collaboration made concrete. For this phase a sum of €10,000 per proposal is available. The outcome of this phase is a detailed project plan, the planning of activities, a budget and a signed cooperation agreement between the two parties for the follow-up phase. This package also serves as the application for phase 2.
2. The second phase is intended for further elaboration and implementation and/or the assessment of actual results. A maximum sum of €30,000 per proposal is available for this phase. This sum can be roughly divided between the design and research hours of the designer/creative and the partner, materials and other costs.

The application can be submitted via Creative Industries Fund NL’s online application environment by Wednesday, 2 May 2018 at the latest. Select ‘Open Call: Fresh Perspectives’ from the drop-down menus.

The proposal consists of:
1. A project plan (max. 10 A4 pages in portrait format) consisting of:
A clear description of the social issue that the collaboration addresses;
An outline of the potential solution that will be investigated/implemented;
The motivation and added value of the collaboration for the two parties involved;
A clear description of the pretext, infill and expected outcome of the collaboration;
A concise overview of the project’s estimated costs and the planning;
2. A portfolio from the designer/creative and information about the partner (max. 10 A4 pages A4);
3. CVs of the parties involved (max. 4 pages).

If the application fails to meet the description above, then it will not be possible to evaluate the substance of your application.
Request your login details for the online application environment in good time and familiarize yourself with the application form. The validation of a new user account can take up to one working day.
You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by email within a week of the closing date.
In order to receive a grant you must be registered with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel).

For this Open Call there is no opportunity to present draft proposals to the Fund for advice. On Thursday, 12 April, the Fund is organizing an Open Day for interested parties, presenting the outcomes of the previous edition of Fresh Perspectives and allowing you to ask questions.

A committee of external advisers will be consulted in the evaluation of the applications. This panel will prioritize a number of proposals. In its evaluation the panel will consider:

To what extent the proposal fits in with this Open Call’s aims and objectives, specifically:

the social relevance of the issue being tackled;
the project’s proposed set-up and purpose;
the quality and form of collaboration (including the position of the creative, contribution of the expert partner, intellectual property);
the artistic quality of the designer’s/creative’s work;
the cogency of the aims and objectives, structure and expertise of the external partner.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender. This means that a number of proposals will be prioritized above the other submissions. The Fund will contact the selected parties, but will not enter into any correspondence about rejected proposals.

The selected proposals will receive a grant from a supplementary budget that is being provided by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OC&W) for talent development within the creative industries. With this budget the Ministry wants to support talent that operates outside the traditional disciplinary boundaries.
The selection will be announced by 20 June 2018 at the latest, by email and via the Fund’s website, whereupon the project can begin.

involvement Creative Industries Fund NL
Creative Industries Fund NL will be organizing several meetings with the selected participants over the duration of the projects. The aim is to share expertise and experiences gained among the various projects.

For questions about the open call and procedure, please contact Joris van Ballegooijen: [email protected] or tel. +31 (0)10 436 1600.
The legal framework for this Open Call is Creative Industries Fund NL’s Subsidy Regulations.

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