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Open Call International Explorations

Open Call International Explorations

Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on designers, practitioners and organizations from the creative industries to submit international projects that aim to establish sustainable relationships or promote an interchange of knowledge at the international level. The proposals examine the themes and tasks abroad to which Dutch creatives could make a contribution.

Preference is given to proposals that involve Dutch designers, practitioners and/or organizations who work in a team context abroad, as well as to collaborations with parties that are based in or active in the country concerned. The process consists of a joint preparatory phase in the Netherlands and a follow-up component that involves the participants making efforts to share the knowledge gained with their colleagues in the Netherlands.

International Explorations from 2013
In 2013 the Fund issued the first Open Call Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization in the context of its Creative Industries Internationalization Programme. The Fund's aim was to investigate the opportunities for Dutch design practice in foreign lands, to map out foreign demand for Dutch expertise, and to draw up an inventory of potential themes and tasks abroad. You can find details about the 20 selected teams here. The analysis and evaluation of these proposals revealed the following opportunities that may be of interest to applicants for the current Open Call Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization:

There is demand for a cross-sectoral Dutch approach, as well as for the Dutch integral approach to the spatial planning process.
Dutch expertise in the field of social innovation by means of cultural projects, as well as the development of the creative economy being employed as a catalyst for this sector abroad.
In emerging and expanding economies (e.g. Colombia, Albania, Greece) there seem to be opportunities in urban development. For example, developers and politicians have to contend with complex, all-encompassing issues because of urbanization, population growth and so on. They also need to adapt the infrastructure, so that it no longer facilitates a manufacturing-based economy but stimulates the burgeoning knowledge economy (e.g. the Czech Republic, Slovakia and cities in Russia).
In the realms of design and e-culture there are opportunities to establish links between practitioners, institutions and festivals.

You can submit your proposal by 7 August 2015 at the latest via Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment, where you should select 'Grant Programme for Internationalization' and then select the 'Open Call International Explorations' round from the pull-down menu. The proposal must include:

a description of the project to which a contribution will be made;
a description of the location for the exploration;
an action plan that is consistent in its aims and structure;
a timeframe and budget;
a description of the collaborating partners. This description must provide insight into the expertise and role of these people and/or institutions, as well as clarifying the added value of this collaboration;
a written undertaking from the collaborative partner in which the motivation for collaboration is explained;
CV of the applicant (max. 2 pages);
CV of the collaborative partner (max. 2 pages);
certificate of registration from a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).

The proposal must be submitted as a PDF file, containing a maximum of 10 pages (CV's and certificate of registration/KvK excluded) in A4 format and no larger than 5 MB. The submission cannot be evaluated if it fails to meet the description above.

The Fund will consult with external advisors to select a number of proposals to execute these international explorations. The advisors evaluate the extent to which the exploration is consistent in its structure and the degree to which this ties in with the objectives of the Internationalization Programme and this Open Call.

The Internationalization Programme's objectives and the position of this Open Call
The Dutch ministries of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and of Foreign Affairs (BuZa) commissioned Creative Industries Fund NL to implement the Internationalization Programme that is specifically aimed at the creative industries. This four-year programme has three key objectives:

• strengthening the image of the Dutch design sector;
• establishing long-term collaborative relationships;
• expanding the sector's international sphere of activity.

With this Open Call the Fund intends to gain insight into effective and sustainable project forms employed by the Dutch creative industries abroad, as well as projects that contribute to social tasks from a cultural angle. The Fund is also keen to pinpoint foreign demand for the work of the Dutch creative industries.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender: proposals will be prioritized subject to the available budget. The Fund will only communicate about the selected proposals and will not enter into any correspondence concerning the rejection of individual proposals. For this Open Call a maximum sum of €150,000 is available. The Board expects to grant a maximum of €10,000 per selected proposal.

The procedure for an Open Call is described in the Fund's General Subsidy Regulations. The selected proposals will receive a subsidy based on the Grant Programme for Internationalization. If you have any questions, please contact Jasmijn van Weenen, assistant secretary for the Grant Programme for Internationalization:

Further information
• In order to receive subsidy you must be registered with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce. If that is not the case then it is possible to register after selection.
• There is no opportunity to present a draft proposal to the Fund for advice.
• Applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by e-mail no more than a week after the closing date.
• The Fund secretariat will contact the selected parties.

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Open Call Research, Act & Reflect

This open call is aimed at grassroots platforms, collectives and organizations whose programmes contribute to a more culturally diverse and inclusive creative industry. Does your ambition for 2021 focus on topics such as decolonization, emancipation, gender diversity, anti-racism or intersectionality? Do you contribute to the design field from this position, or do you actually question the existing frames within the design field? Then apply for a programme before 11 November 2020.

This open call takes place against a background of public debate and protests against systematic inequality and discrimination. The Fund observes that in recent years initiatives have emerged in the Netherlands from makers and platforms who, based on a 'lived experience' and personal drive, address themes and question established systems that are not yet sufficiently seen and recognized within the design sector. These makers and platforms relate to design in their own unique way, and question with their practice what design is or could be. In order to enable these makers and initiatives to connect with the Fund, the Fund has been developing new collaborations and procedures, such as the scout nights, for several years now. We do this based on the conviction that diversity and inclusion contribute to a stronger and more sustainable creative industry and that the Fund should be accessible to a broad group of makers. We are going further with this open call, and we want to encourage institutions and platforms to interpret this agenda in their own way.
The budget for this call comes from the government's COVID-19 support measures.

Through the platforms, we want to involve communities of makers that we know do not feel directly addressed by the Fund. The call is intended as an impulse to introduce these makers, who have often developed themselves outside the Fund's customary platforms, to the Fund. By supporting them now in the development of their own practice and organizations, we hope to create through-flow to the Fund's regular grant programmes.

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By means of the Open Call Research, Act & Reflect, the Fund aims to stimulate programmes focused on strengthening other or marginalized voices. The programmes contribute through their multiperspectivity and enrichment to the creative industry. In addition, we are asking various questions: What visions and stories are now being missed in the pursuit of a more diverse and inclusive design sector? What can design mean for the debate on systematic inequality? With these questions, the Fund is focusing primarily on grassroots institutions that can provide a new or additional perspective to the design field from their own experience. The programmes or projects focus on underexposed fields of activity of the Fund, broadening and deepening the design field as a result.

A maximum sum of € 440,000 is available for this open call. This allows four programmes to be supported for a maximum amount of €110,000. The Fund strives to support two programmes in which design criticism is the starting point, and two programmes that focus on the process of making, whereby at least € 50,000 of the grant amount must be spent on assignments for makers.

Who can submit an application?
Platforms, institutions or collectives relating to the fields of design, architecture or digital culture are free to submit an application. Parties that are in the process of being established or whose formation is part of the programme may also submit applications. In that case, additional agreements will be made with the Fund about guidance and phasing. Applications will explicitly not be judged on the basis of previously organized activities and results achieved. In this way, we are offering new grassroots initiatives a level playing field.

Parties that already have a structural subsidy relationship with central government (BIS) or are being supported under the Fund's Four-year Institutional Grant Programme cannot apply.

What does the Fund mean by a programme?
For the purposes of this open call, the Fund understands a programme to mean a coherent set of activities covering the period of one year. The programme is to start no later than April 2021. Within this, the form is free. Possible options include online/offline presentations, an open call, performances, debate moments, publications, podcasts or other kinds of manifestations. The applicant indicates whether a reflective programme has been chosen, in which the social theme mentioned plays a central role in relation to the design field (this includes design criticism), or a programme that focuses on makers, where the emphasis lies on design, commissioning and presentation.

What are the evaluation criteria?
An independent committee will make a selection from the proposals submitted and pay attention to the following aspects:
1. The artistic or reflective ambition in the project;
2. The approach to the theme and link with the design disciplines;
3. The extent to which the theme is effectively translated into a programme and an appropriate audience;
4. The level of support within the described community. This should be reflected in the form and intensity of collaboration, among other things.

Parties may submit an application until 11 November 2020. An application can be submitted via the Fund's online application environment. Select here Open Call Research, Act & Reflect.

The proposal consists of:
1. A project plan (maximum 10 pages and no larger than 8 MB) containing:
motivation, aim and organization of the project;
a description of the activities;
a description of the intended audience;
a description of the intended results.
2. Planning and budget
3. CVs or biographies of the makers or parties involved.
4. An extract from the register of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. In order to receive a grant, the applicant must be registered with the Chamber of Commerce. If this is not the case at the moment of application, it is still possible to register subsequently in the event of selection.
5. A representative and royalty-free image of the project for the Fund's communication purposes.

If the application fails to satisfy the description above, it will not be possible to evaluate the substance of the application.

Points of attention relating to the proposal:
The COVID-19 conditions should be taken into account as much as possible in the design of the programme;
Additional funding (co-financing) from parties other than the Fund is not mandatory for this open call;
If the plan is for a programme focusing on makers, an amount of at least € 50,000 must be reserved for assignments for makers;
For the preparation of the budget, please consult the project plan guidelines;
Create an account for the online application environment in good time. Validation of a new user account can take up to one working day.

The evaluation of an open call takes the form of a tender: this means that, within the available budget, a number of proposals will be prioritized over other submissions. Only projects with a positive evaluation can be supported.

You will receive confirmation of receipt by e-mail at the latest one week after the closing date. All applicants will be informed of the results of the open call; this also takes place by e-mail. In addition, the Fund will only communicate about the selected proposals. Rejected proposals receive a negative decision. The Fund aims to announce the results by 21 December 2020.

The processing and evaluation of the proposals submitted will be carried out within the framework of the Subsidy Regulations. Any subsidy will be awarded on the basis of these Subsidy Regulations. Important in this context is Article 7, paragraph 2, which allows for a special procedure for Open Calls. The following articles in these Regulations do not apply to this Open Call:
Article 11, paragraph 2, under a and c, and paragraph 3, under a
Article 13, under b
Articles 16 to 21
Article 22, paragraph 3

If you have any questions about this open call and the procedure, please contact:
Lion Zeegers via or Sharvin Ramjan via or call 010 - 436 16 00.

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