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Open Call Fresh Perspectives #2
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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 Open Call has ended.

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.

phases:
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.

deadline
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).

N.B.:
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).

meeting
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.

evaluation
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.

selection
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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Open Call: Talent Development in an International Context 2018

Creative Industries Fund NL is inviting architects, designers, makers, critics and/or curators who are trailblazers in the creative industries to submit a proposal for an international project. A stipulation for support is that the project involves a collaboration and/or presentation with an international institution, organization or enterprise with an excellent reputation. With the Open Call: Talent Development in an International Context, the Fund is enriching the artistic and professional development of creatives who are undertaking an exceptional collaboration with a foreign partner. This is the first open call in a series of three that will be announced each autumn through to 2020.

the brief
This series of open calls has been made possible thanks to the supplementary budget (announcement in Dutch) that Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven made available to the Fund in 2018 to give an extra boost to internationalization & talent development in the creative industries. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) is keen to help leading talents to position themselves internationally with this supplementary support.
For this 2018 open call, Creative Industries NL is setting aside €125,000. The maximum grant per project is €25,000.

Depending on the project, the collaborations can take a diversity of forms, such as a research project, presentation or residency.

The stipulations for a project being eligible for a grant are:

the designer/creative/architect must rank among the leading talents in the creative industries;
the designer/creative/architect has Dutch nationality or has a practice that is registered in the Netherlands;
the foreign partner boasts an excellent reputation;
at least 50% of the total project costs are covered by co-funding, of which a substantial proportion will be contributed by the foreign partner;
a form of presentation that is relevant for the project is included as the conclusion of the process;
there is no question of a commissioner/client relationship between the two parties.

applications
The application can be submitted up to and including Wednesday, 31 October 2018 via Creative Industries Fund NL’s online application environment. Select ‘Open Call: Talent Development in an International Context 2018’ from the pull-down menu.

The application must consist of:
1. a plan / description of the activities (max. 10 pages in A4 format), including:
the rationale for how the project contributes to the development of your own professional and artistic practice;
a clear and concise description of the international activities that will be undertaken;
a concise description of the foreign institution, organization or enterprise (or combination thereof) that is involved;
a motivation for the choice of this partner (or partners);
a declaration of intent that includes an explanation by the foreign institution, organization or enterprise about the collaboration and the intended outcome;
2. budget + planning: an overview of estimated costs, income and planning, including an estimated number of working hours
3. CVs of the parties involved, with relevant information about experience that is relevant to the proposed project (max. 2 pages).
4. a portfolio from the creative/designer and information about the partner (max. 10 pages in A4 format)
5. proof of registration with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) or a foreign equivalent.

N.B.:
If the application fails to satisfy the description outlined above, it cannot be put forward for evaluation.
Apply for your login 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 a confirmation of receipt by e-mail within one week after the deadline.
In order to receive a grant you must be registered with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).

evaluation
The evaluation of the applications involves consulting with a committee of external advisers. This panel prioritizes a number of proposals. The committee determines to what extent the proposal:
contributes to talent development: the project fosters the further artistic or professional development of individual talent;
promotes artistic quality: the project is focused on the continuation, further development and promotion of one’s personal aptitude, while the designer in question will be seen as an inspiring example for colleagues and a broader interested public;
strengthens the international reputation of contemporary Dutch creative industries.

The committee will specifically consider:
the extent to which the designers, creatives, critics and/or curators from the creative industries (digital culture, design, architecture) rank among the country’s trailblazers and occupy a distinctive position;
the extent to which the foreign institution, organization or enterprise involved has an outstanding reputation;
the level and means of co-funding by the foreign partner;
the extent to which the proposed plan contributes to the ongoing artistic and professional development of the applicant;
the quality and form of the collaboration;
the extent to which the proposal is consistent in intent and purpose, the expertise involved and public reach;
the extent to which it is relevant for the Netherlands.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender: a number of proposals will be prioritized within the available budget.

procedure
Creative Industries Fund NL has allotted a maximum of €125,000 for this open call. The maximum grant per application is €25,000, including BTW/VAT where applicable. The grant is emphatically intended for international activities that contribute to the artistic and/or professional development of designers, creatives, critics and/or curators who are active in the creative industries.

Applicants will receive a confirmation of receipt by email within a week of the deadline. The selection of the proposals will be announced by e-mail. The Fund will strive to make its announced by mid-December 2018 and will contact the selected parties.

The Open Call procedure is described in the Fund’s General Subsidy Regulations.

There is no opportunity to submit a draft proposal to the Fund’s secretariat for advice.

background information
In 2019 the Fund will be organizing a number of gatherings with the current selection as well as completed projects from the period 2014-2018. These meet-ups are intended for the various projects to exchange expertise and experiences. Follow the links below (text in Dutch only) for an overview of projects that were supported in previous rounds of the Open Call: Talent Development in an International Context:
selectie 2016
selectie 2015
selectie 2014

contact
For questions about the open call and procedure, please contact Anselm van Sintfiet by e-mail: [email protected], or by phone: +31 (0)10 436 1600.

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Open Call: Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco #2

Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on designers, makers, curators and cultural organizations in the Netherlands to submit a plan for a project that deploys design for sustainable and inclusive societies. The open call invites cultural parties to join forces with a local partner to turn their minds to a topical issue, observation or development in Turkey, Russia, Egypt or Morocco. The project should entail an egalitarian collaboration between the parties.

The rapid growth of cities is a topic that is relevant in the four countries that the open call is focusing on, resulting in new relationships between street culture, identity and public space, as well as between the city and the countryside. The appropriation of the city by various parties – grassroots and top-down, public and private, established and emerging – takes a diversity of forms, in the physical as well as the virtual domain. Designers are being asked to put topical themes that relate to the city, its surroundings and users on the agenda, to question them or propose solutions. This calls for cross-disciplinary and context-sensitive collaborations at the interface of culture, new media, technology, craft, society and the new economy.

collaboration
The project team (of Dutch and local partners) adopts a standpoint concerning sustainable and inclusive societies within the theme that the project focuses on. The plan provides insight into how and why various stakeholders will be involved with the project. Projects can take a diversity of forms, from artistic, speculative or design-based research to the implementation of a pilot, intervention or campaign. The perspective of Turkish, Russian, Egyptian or Moroccan parties is crucial and should be embedded in the project.

focus
This is a follow-up to the first series of Open Calls focused on these four countries that the Fund issued previously. As a result of findings concerning the first series of open calls, the Fund is more emphatically seeking for projects that relate to disciplines in the fields of design and digital culture, as well as every possible crossover.

budget and support in two phases
The support of the selected projects is divided into two phases:

Phase 1 lasts up to 3 months for exploration, preparatory research, the consolidation of the collaborations as well as the garnering of support and co-funding. The first phase results in an detailed project plan for Phase 2;
Phase 2 is intended for implementation of the project plan as elaborated in Phase 1.

A maximum of 4 projects per country will be selected for Phase 1, with a maximum grant of €15,000 per project.

For Phase 2, the intention is to support a maximum of 4 projects per country, with a maximum grant of €50,000 per project.

submissions
Projects can be submitted from 1 December 2018 to 21 January 2019 via Creative Industries Fund NL’s online application environment.

planning
• Informative meet-up: 22 November 2018
• Deadline for submissions: 21 January 2019
• Phase 1 begins after the announcement of the selection on 4 March 2019.
• A team meeting with all the selected parties will be held in March 2019.
• Deadline for submissions for Phase 2: 10 June 2019
• Phase 2 begins after the announcement of the selection on 1 August 2019 and continues for a maximum of one year.

the application consists of the following components:
1. A concise and coherent project plan, max. 10 pages on the basis of the Guidelines for TREM#2 and see tips for drafting a project plan the FAQ, compiled in response to the previous open call.
2. A budget and planning: concrete for Phase 1 and looking ahead to Phase 2, max. 2 pages:
The Fund’s support is specifically intended for the implementation of the design, designers, makers and hours for the organization. The maximum hourly rate is set at €65.00/hour (excluding VAT). When drawing up the budget bear in mind any VAT obligations, where applicable. In case of doubt, always contact the regional tax office first.
3. CVs of those involved, max. 2 pages in total.
4. Where relevant, a portfolio with information about relevant prior projects.
5. Certificate of registration from a Chamber of Commerce (KvK) that is less than one year old.
6. Representative image for the Fund’s communication purposes.

The Subsidy Regulations specify costs that are excluded from funding by Creative Industries Fund NL.

The project plan is a PDF file in A4 format of up to 10 pages (excluding planning, budget, CVs and certificate of registration from a Chamber of Commerce/KvK). The file is no larger than 10 MB. If the application fails to meet the description above, it will not be accepted for evaluation.

N.B.:
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.
There is no opportunity to submit a draft project plan to the Fund, but until 14 January 2019 you can request preparatory advice. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail within 14 days after the deadline.

evaluation
The Fund will select a number of projects for the start-up phase in conjunction with external experts, based on the following criteria:
The relevance of the theme;
The degree to which content and the project’s form enhance each other and are distinctive;
The degree of fully fledged collaboration in the project;
An evenly balanced sharing of the budget.
The Fund will, where needed, seek the advice of the Dutch Embassies and/or Consulates in the countries concerned regarding the cooperation between Dutch and local parties within the proposed collaboration.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender. This means that a number of projects are preferred above the other submissions, and the project plans that are declined do not receive an individual explanation from the Fund. The Fund will contact the selected parties. The selection will be announced by e-mail within the six weeks after the deadline.

questions?
For questions about the open call and the procedure, please telephone +31(0)10 436 16 00 or send an e-mail to Yasmin Kursun via [email protected] or Zineb Seghrouchni via
[email protected]
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context
Within the policy framework of the International Culture Policy 2017-2020 and with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Creative Industries Fund NL is implementing a four-year programme with the title ‘Sustainable and inclusive cities through design’. Pivotal to the programme is the role and deployment of design (and design thinking) in questioning and proposing solutions for the consequences of rapid urbanization and the associated societal themes. This will stimulate cross-disciplinary projects with relevant stakeholders in Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco, within as well as beyond the design disciplines, aimed at providing opportunities for collaboration on an equal footing between these four countries and the Netherlands, while strengthening trust and understanding between the two countries.

With this programme the Fund is endeavouring to:
establish long-term collaborations and networks (of expertise) between the Netherlands and Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco;
strengthen projects that are locally interwoven and are based on a local requirement;
promote an inclusive and egalitarian approach to tasks, collaborations and interchange.

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