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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 #3

Do you have a good concept for working together with a partner outside the creative industry on a current social issue? The Fund is inviting makers and designers to submit a proposal with this partner, aimed at jointly tackling an urgent theme. With the Fresh Perspectives Open Call, the Fund aims to stimulate collaboration between designers and renowned companies, organizations or knowledge institutions. Submission is possible until 22 May 2019.

Every year, the Fund supports hundreds of talented makers and designers in the development of their professional practice. The research and experiments carried out by these makers are often at the beginning of the design chain. This involves the unrestrained combination of knowledge and methods and often leads to new insights, concepts and prototypes. The Fund has identified a strong need among makers and designers to further develop the results of these studies and make them applicable outside 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, At the same time, the Fund sees that organizations and companies can benefit greatly from a designer's fresh perspective on a wide range of complex issues. All too often, however, a designer is involved in the process too late or not even at all.

The aim of this call is to bring together designers and parties with a solid social or expert position. The Fund is challenging these parties to utilize this collaboration to arrive at innovative, surprising solutions for today's design challenges.

set-up of the Open Call
Creative Industries Fund NL is setting aside €180,000 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 may assume a diversity of forms, for instance a product, intervention or service. Collaborating with international partners is an option, however a Dutch interest should prevail within the project.

The conditions stipulated by the Fund are:
the designer/maker is involved throughout the entire process;
both parties commit themselves to the collaboration;
the expected added value of the collaboration for both the maker and the partner is clearly justified in the application;
the project is currently in a start-up phase;
a form of presentation relevant to the sector is included at the end of the process.
the designer acts as the coordinator, i.e. they submit the application on behalf of the collaborating parties.
there is no question of a commissioning-client relationship between the parties.

phases:
The financial contribution is divided over 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 covers a period of up to five months, during which preliminary research is carried out, the project is prepared and the collaboration is 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 collaboration 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 over the design and research hours of the designer/maker and the partner, materials and other costs. A phase 1 grant being awarded is not a guarantee that a phase 2 grant will be awarded. The Fund may select more projects for a first phase than there is budget available for the second phase.

submission
The application for the first phase can be submitted via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment by Wednesday, 22 May 2019 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, content and expected outcome of the collaboration;
A concise overview of the project's budgeted costs and the planning.

2. A portfolio from the maker/designer and information about the partner (max. 10 A4 pages);
3. CVs of the parties involved (max. 4 pages).

N.B.:
If the application fails to satisfy the description above, it will not be possible to evaluate the substance of the application.
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 an acknowledgement of receipt by e-mail within a week of the closing date.
In order to receive a grant you must be registered with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).

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

The extent to which the proposal is in keeping with the aim of this Open Cal, 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 maker's position, the expert partner's contribution, intellectual property);
the artistic quality of the designer/maker's work;
the consistency in purpose, set-up and expertise involved.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender. This means that a number of proposals will be prioritized over other submissions, with the rejected proposals not receiving any individual clarification from the Fund. The Fund will contact the selected parties.

selection
The selected proposals will receive a grant from a supplementary budget being provided by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OC&W) for talent development in the creative industries. With this budget, the Ministry wishes to support talent that operates outside the boundaries of the discipline.
The selection will be announced by 1 July 2019 at the latest, by e-mail and on the Fund's website. From that moment, the project can begin. After a period of up to five months, you will submit your detailed project plan, planning of activities, budget and a signed collaboration agreement between the two parties for the follow-up trajectory in the second phase.

For questions about the Open Call and the procedure, please contact Hugo van de Poel, [email protected] or 010 436 1600.
This Open Call has its legal framework in the Creative Industries Fund NL's Subsidy Regulations.

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Open Call Space for Talent #2

Do you see opportunities for research, experiment or development of new knowledge in collaboration with a practical environment, such as a lab, development site or workplace? With the Space for Talent Open Call, the Fund aims to enable designers to create an environment together with a partner, where joint experimentation, the establishment of new relationships and the sharing of knowledge are central. Submit your proposal by Wednesday 8 May 2019 at the latest.


This could involve collaboration with a workplace or lab, but also, for example, an occasional collaboration with a team of scientists or with a producer who is pursuing innovation. Together the partnership works on issues that transcend their day-to-day practice/design practice. For instance, the use of sensors within 3D textile structures or the structural quality of bamboo. The call is intended for young or established designers, makers and architects. The aim is to create valuable new connections between the design field and social professionals, in addition to the artistic and professional development of the participating designers.

set-up of the Open Call
The Creative Industries Fund NL is making € 150,000 available for this open call. The maximum contribution per project is a standard € 25,000. The conditions for support are that there is a new collaboration between a designer and a partner that makes an intrinsic contribution and facilitates the project. Depending on the project, the collaborations can vary in form. Examples are research (including material research) within a lab, a residency programme at a knowledge institute, a special collaboration with a development site or experimental research with a partner from the business community.

Click here for an overview of previously supported Space for Talent projects.

The subsidy is divided into two parts: € 15,000 is reserved for the maker and € 10,000 for the partner's facilities and knowledge. The sums are granted under the condition that there is a collaboration agreement, which must be submitted no later than 4 weeks after the grant has been awarded.

Conditions for eligibility for a contribution are:
the designer/maker/architect has Dutch nationality or a practice registered in the Netherlands;
the partner is based in the Netherlands;
a rationale from the designer that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the maker, and the added value of the project for the maker's development;
a declaration of intent from the partner that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the designer and the added value of the project for the partner. It also describes the duration and nature of the working period, the facilities, knowledge and working environment that the partner offers, the manner of collaboration and the intended result;
there is no question of a commissioning-client relationship between the parties;
a form of knowledge-sharing or presentation relevant to the project is included at the end of the project.

submission
The application can be submitted until Wednesday 8 May 2019 at the latest via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. Select 'Grant Programme/Open Call' and then 'Space for Talent'.
The application consists of:
1. A project plan (max. 10 A4 pages) containing:
a description of the parties involved;
purpose and set-up of the project;
the manner of knowledge-sharing between maker and partner;
the intended results, where the way in which the project contributes to the development of the maker's own professional and artistic practice is discussed;
a rationale from the maker for choosing this partner;
a plan for presentation or knowledge-sharing for third parties.
2. A declaration of intent from the partner that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the maker and the added value of the project for the partner. It also describes the duration and nature of the working period, the facilities, knowledge and working environment that the partner offers, the manner of collaboration and the intended result.
3. budget + planning: an overview of the partner's budgeted costs up to a maximum sum of € 10,000; an overview of the maker/designer's budgeted costs up to a maximum sum of € 15,000; the planning of activities, including estimated hours involved.
4. CVs of the parties involved: with relevant information about experience and work experience concerning the proposed project (max. 2 pages);
5. the maker/designer's portfolio and information about the partner (max. 15 A4 pages); and
6. an extract from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) register (dated within the last year).

evaluation
A committee of external advisers is consulted for the evaluation of the application. It selects a number of proposals over the others. The proposal will be evaluated to gauge the extent to which it meets the following objectives:
promoting talent development: the project stimulates the further artistic or professional development of the individual talent;
promoting artistic quality: the project is aimed at continuing, further developing and profiling one's own talent, while the designer in question is seen as an inspiring example for professional colleagues and audiences with wider interests.
The committee specifically examines the following criteria:

1. the quality of the project, i.e. the expectation of the extent to which the project will contribute to the further development of the maker(s) involved;
2. the quality of the collaboration and the exchange of knowledge, i.e. the extent to which there is a reciprocal relationship between the partner and the applicant;
3. the expectation of the extent to which the project will lead to an inspiring example.

Proposals will be evaluated with particular regard to the purpose of the project, its set-up, the expertise involved, the way knowledge is shared and consistency between these components.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender: within the available budget, a number of proposals will be chosen in preference to others. Where there are equally prioritized proposals, preference is given to proposals that contribute to the regional distribution of activities across the Netherlands. Subsequently, priority is given to proposals that contribute to the disciplinary spread.

excluded from participation
Designers who at the time of application are receiving support from the Grant Programme for Talent Development cannot apply within the context of this Open Call. Institutions that are receiving subsidy under the Grant Programme for Multi-year Programmes may be eligible for support under this Open Call, provided it concerns a new research/residency place that is not in any way part of the already-supported activities programme. Finally, an organization can be supported a maximum of two times under this grant programme. A maker may receive only one grant within the provisions of this Open Call.

available budget
The Creative Industries Fund NL is making a maximum of € 150,000 available for this Open Call. The maximum contribution per application is € 25,000, of which a maximum of € 10,000 is for the partner.

selection
The subsidy is intended for activities in the Netherlands that contribute to the artistic and/or professional development of designers and makers from the creative industry. The selected proposals will receive a grant from a supplementary budget made available by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science for talent development and workplaces in the creative industry. The selection will be announced by e-mail and on the Fund's website at half of July. The closing date for the next round is on Wednesday 11 September 2019.

If you have any questions about the Open Call and the procedure, please contact Marieke Ladru per e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at 010-436 1600.

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