creative industries fund nl
Grant Programme for Talent Development

Grant Programme for Talent Development

Budget: € 900.000

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.

There is one application round per year. The deadline of 2019 was 6 March. The next application round is planned for 2020. Click here to see previous selected makers and designers.

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.
The Talent Development Grant Programme is intended for designers and makers who graduated no more than four years ago from a relevant course of study in the field of architecture, design or digital culture. Makers who followed another course of study may also be eligible for a working grant. The condition in this case is that the curriculum of the course followed is predominantly in line with the creative industry and the portfolio demonstrates that the maker is active within one of the disciplines or subdisciplines. Designers who do not have Dutch nationality can only apply if they have obtained a diploma at a Dutch educational institution, are registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce and live in the Netherlands.

application as a studio or collective
The subsidy under the Talent Development Grant Programme is awarded to individual designers or makers. However, studios or collectives may also apply for the working grant. A single grant of € 25,000 can be awarded per studio or collective.

when is it not possible to apply for a working grant?
A working grant for talent development cannot be applied for while following education at institutions, for instance Bachelor's and Master's programmes. So these courses of study may not be part of an application or development plan.
The same applies to postgraduate or postgraduate programmes, for instance at the Rijksakademie, De Ateliers, the Jan van Eyck Academie and BAK. These residences/institutions have a structural subsidy relationship with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

To receive a subsidy, applicants must be registered in the trade register of the Chamber of Commerce (or a foreign equivalent).
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.
Phase 1:
1. motivation letter, up to 2 pages, as PDF (portrait, A4 size)
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 (max. 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 (max. 2 pages)

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. Two weeks before your project ends you will receive a request by e-mail to submit your accountability in the online application environment.
For further information please contact:
Marieke Ladru
Roxanne Minten
Sharvin Ramjan

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

grants issued Talent Development


Grant Programme for Talent Development Open call

How to consume Romie 18

Studio Adela & Gennerper Hoeve, 2019

Junyan Tan graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2018, in the Food Non-Food Master programme. Her practice concentrates on translating our complex food system to the public at large. For this she uses an integral design strategy that not only takes account of the sensory qualities of food, but also the nutritional value, ecology and sustainability. For the project 'How to consume Romie 18', she is working with the biodynamic farm Gennerper Hoeve. Using the facilities and knowledge of Gennerper Hoeve, Tan will examine what happens when you take a specific cow out of the herd and the associated system. What does this mean for the meat? How does this influence the distribution system and sales? And what can it mean for our relationship to the animal? The goal is to arrive at a new system for milk production in the Netherlands. The research results will be presented in the form of two dinners and an exhibition.

This project was conditionally honored from the Open Call Space for Talent

Grant Programme for Talent Development Open call

Benny Nilsen & Spatial Media Laboratories – Expanded Field Recording

Benny Nilsen & Spatial Media Laboratories, 2019

Sound artist Bennie Nilsen will work with Spatial Media Laboratories (SML) to investigate how he can expand his current practice of sound art and field recording into the visual domain. In his project 'Expanded Field Recording', Nilsen examines how the experience of landscape and time can be intensified and 'expanded' by working with VR and 3D technologies. The locations and landscapes that Nilsen focuses on are former industrial sites such as waste dumps and military terrains. These sites have often been repurposed, so that the site's history and the traces thereof are hard to see, or only indirectly. Through Expanded Field Recording, Nilsen wishes to make the complex histories of such locations tangible. SML is a new workplace in Rotterdam where makers can develop technological applications. SML shares its knowledge, materials and network. A theoretical-reflective layer will be added to the project in collaboration with SML. To this end, Nilsen intends to work with a scientific researcher in SML's network. The results will be presented at the end of 2019 during a public meetup in Worm.

This project was conditionally honored from the Open Call Space for Talent

Grant Programme for Talent Development Open call

Weaving of the Future

Alissa + Nienke & EE Exclusives, 2019

Alissa + Nienke (Alissa van Asseldonk and Nienke Bongers) is a design studio based on the research of materials, with its own interpretation of surface design: tactile materials that stimulate or challenge us and that enhance our everyday environment. The designers usually start from an existing 'flat' material which they manipulate into a three-dimensional material with new properties and applications. Many of the installations that the studio has developed so far are closely related to textile. However, the designers have never actually worked or experimented with textile or textile techniques. For the project 'Weaving of the Future' they therefore wish to collaborate with the specialised textile industry. They have found a partner in EE Exclusives, which has been a specialist in label weaving since 1900, and is also capable technically of weaving in 3D. Together, they will investigate new weaving techniques and will experiment with the construction of materials. The ultimate goal is to create new (surface) materials that push the limits of the machines. The new materials will be added to Alissa + Nienke's Interactive Material Archive. The partnership intends to present the results at the Dutch Design Week 2019 and at DRIVE 2019, where research-through-design is presented.

This project was conditionally honored from the Open Call Space for Talent

Grant Programme for Talent Development Open call

Waterfront pavilion

NEXT Architects & ShapeService, 2019

The Dutch goal to have a fully circular construction industry by 2050 is a huge challenge. Various parties are researching methods of construction that can be disassembled again. Some of the challenges are the limited availability of materials, storage times, certification and how to connect the various building parts. Despite widespread interest in the industry, there is not much practical experimentation. NEXT Architects is taking the construction of the Circular Pavilion in Amsterdam Noord as an opportunity to test various systems, forms and materials. The applicant is working on a method that dissects a building into layers that function independently of each other and that can be disassembled. To produce and connect the roof layer, the applicant is working with ShapeService, which is part of the Brabant company The Plastic Enterprise, on large-scale 3D-print technology that uses recycled plastic as raw material. The result is a 1:1 prototype of a 3D-printed roof element to be used for the pavilion. This publicly accessible pavilion will serve as a case study for the construction industry. The results will be shared through programmes by the BNA, and in other ways.

This project was conditionally honored from the Open Call Space for Talent

Grant Programme for Talent Development Open call

Recomposed Bamboo

Chris Kabel & Doornekamp/RHS, 2019

At the invitation of the Craft Department of Shanghai University in 2016, designer Chris Kabel conducted a study into bamboo processing in Anji, China's bamboo capital. Focusing on the intrinsic material properties of bamboo stems and parts, Recomposed Bamboo proposes new processing techniques and applications. The goal of the project is to promote the use of bamboo – with its unique aesthetical and constructive qualities – as a sustainable alternative to using profiles and constructions made of steel, aluminium and hardwood. The research into the best construction and production of the profiles and a small series of test-case objects is conducted in collaboration with Doornekamp Woodspecials, a specialist in special wood constructions, which is offering the use of an extensive workplace and expert personnel. The results of the study will be shared and distributed through parties including Galerie Kreo (Paris) and industrial parties.

This project was conditionally honored from the Open Call Space for Talent

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