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Experiment Grant Scheme

Experiment Grant Scheme

The second period of the Experiment Scheme opens on 8 July 2021 and runs until 17 November 2021. The subsidy ceiling is € 420,000.

Update: Since 7 September 2021 17 project proposals have been supported within the second period for a total amount of € 159,758.

With its Experiment Grant Scheme, the Creative Industries Fund NL supports small-scale, experiment-driven research projects in the fields of design, architecture, digital culture and all possible crossovers.

The maximum amount to apply for is €10,000. This includes any co-financing or own resources and therefore concerns the maximum project cost.

Applications can be submitted at any time. There is no deadline. Grant applications will be processed in the order of submission, with the moment of submission of a complete application being leading in that regard. If the subsidy ceiling of period is exceeded, the grant scheme closes immediately and any proposals submitted after that will no longer be processed.
• the grant scheme is open to professional designers, architects, makers and design agencies from all disciplines in the creative industry, as referred to in the grant scheme;
• cultural and other institutions or organizations, as referred to in the grant scheme, cannot apply to this grant scheme;
• an applicant may submit no more than one project per calendar year.
• the grant scheme is meant for small-scale projects that focus on experiment-driven research;
• the project has a maximum budget of € 10,000, including co-financing. This is the same as the maximum amount that can be applied for – co-financing is, therefore, not compulsory;
• the maximum duration of a project is 1 year;
• the project submitted has not previously received a grant from one of the Fund's grant schemes;
• there is no grant application pending for the project submitted under one of the Fund's other grant schemes at the time of submission;
• the project submitted has not previously received a negative decision from this Experiment Grant Scheme.
Applications are assessed on the basis of the Experiment Grant Scheme (PDF). You should therefore make sure that you are well aware of the conditions and objectives stated in it.

Applications that comply with the objectives and all conditions as specified in the Experiment Grant Scheme will be assessed based on the following criteria:
• the artistic value of the project;
• the expected significance of the experiment to the personal practice or the area of expertise;
• the degree to which the project is effective in its setup, methods and any expertise involved.
The Fund will process your application based on the application form and the submitted attachments:

application form;
project plan of max. 6 pages;
balanced budget and coverage plan; please note that presentation costs can only be included in the budget if the form and design of the presentation are part of the experiment, but not to disclose the results of the experiment;
curricula vitae of those carrying out the project;
extract from the Commercial Register of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce or from one of the Chambers of Commerce that fall within the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
representative picture of the project;
portfolio of max. 10 pages with relevant visual material;
where applicable, letters of intent from or collaboration agreements with the most important external project partners;
where applicable, a statement about the arrangements relating to intellectual property.

For an explanation of the required attachments, see Article 7 in the Experiment Grant Scheme (PDF).

Applications must be submitted via the online application environment. For this, you need a personal account. Please note: create an account on time, as it takes one working day to activate a new applicant account.

You will be notified about whether or not the grant is awarded in a decision which will be sent to you by email no later than six weeks after you have submitted your application.
It is not possible to submit draft versions of applications to Fund employees. If you have a question, please first check to see if you can find the answer in the Frequently Asked Questions. Any specific questions about the grant scheme or your application can be put in an email to Gabriella Fiorentini:

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

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Experiment Grant Scheme Research

Two Intersecting Loops of Silence

Katja Mater, 2021

The 'Two Intersecting Loops of Silence' experiment looks at time and time perception by creating a vinyl record that serves as an auditory and visual carrier.

Experiment Grant Scheme Research

PHILIA, bio-plant

Atelier LVDW, 2021

The 'PHILIA, bio-plant' experiment examines at the artificiality and sustainability of houseplants in relation to biomaterials.

Experiment Grant Scheme Research

Een huwelijk tussen textiel en glas

iris toonen studio, 2021

The 'Een huwelijk tussen textiel en glas' experiment looks at combining mirror glass with textiles through collaboration with Glaslab Den Bosch and Textiellab Tilburg.

Experiment Grant Scheme Research

No growth without erosion

Studio Aldo Brinkhoff, 2021

The 'No growth without erosion' experiment looks at the complex organic shapes resulting from melting extruded polystyrene and the creation of a Morphospace based on the results of the erosion.

Experiment Grant Scheme Research

Experiment in Poster Design by Democratic Council

Christopher Leslie Lawrence, 2021

'Experiment in Poster Design by Democratic Council' looks at the 'gamification' of decision making processes and the translation of these processes into graphic posters.

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