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Open Call Scout Nights

Open Call Scout Nights

Are you a maker or designer with an emerging practice in the field of design, architecture and/or digital culture who would like to apply for a talent development grant, but you have not completed regular studies in an artistic discipline? In this case, submit your portfolio for one of the scout nights organized by the Creative Industries Fund NL within the framework of the Talent Development grant programme. The deadline is 6 March 2020.

During the scout nights, makers who have built their practice outside the usual route for the design sector will have the opportunity to pitch their work in front of a small jury and apply for the first round of the Talent Development grant programme. This year we are organizing scout nights in Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Utrecht. For each scout night, a maximum of ten makers are invited to pitch their idea on the basis of their portfolio.

If you would like to compete for a place on a scouting night, please submit your portfolio (maximum 15 pages) and your CV (maximum 2 pages) via our online application environment. A portfolio may also consist of an Instagram account or video. The deadline is 6 March 2020, at 23:59.

If you have any questions, please contact the scout of the city where you would like to pitch your work. The scouts are:
Marian Duff, Amsterdam
Meryem Slimani, Rotterdam
Jess Oberlin, Eindhoven
Saïd Belhadj, Utrecht

The Open Call Scout Nights takes place within the framework of the Talent Development grant programme. With this grant programme, the Fund stimulates a new generation of designers and makers in the further development and profiling of their own exceptional design practice. The scout nights are specifically intended for designers and makers who have not followed or completed regular art education. In this way, the Fund enables designers and makers from different social, economic and cultural backgrounds to develop further artistically and professionalize their design practice.

The budget for this open call is € 12,000. This allows up to three participants per city to be selected. Those selected will each receive € 1,000 for drawing up a development plan to be submitted for the second round of the grant application. The scout nights are private and take place between 6 and 10 April. Click here for an impression of the Scout Nights 2019.

The scout nights are specifically aimed at designers, makers or researchers living in the Netherlands, who are not currently following a course of study, nor have they obtained a degree or diploma in art education in the past. They have an individual practice or work as a collective and are active within the (sub)disciplines of design, architecture or digital culture or a crossover between these disciplines. Practices on the boundaries of disciplines are also welcome, such as street art, art direction and styling, or city makers.
In addition, the talents to be scouted are:
18 years of age or older;
able to demonstrate with their portfolio and CV that they have been working in their field for a minimum of one year and a maximum of four years;
registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce or with one of the Chambers of Commerce falling within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

maximum of ten pitches
The Fund, together with the scouts, will assess the applications received and the extent to which they match the objectives of the open call. We look at whether there is a professional practice and whether the portfolio fits in with the (sub)disciplines of the creative industry. Per city, a maximum of ten makers can make a pitch. Applicants will be informed at least two weeks before the scout nights if they are allowed to make a pitch.

information about the pitch and criteria
If you are invited to make a pitch, you will give in a presentation of up to five minutes during the scout night, an answer to who you are as a maker, what your motivation is and what makes your practice unique or distinctive. You will also give a brief insight into what you would like to develop in the coming year. The pitch is with images and in English or Dutch, depending on your preference.

Each scout night has its own jury, consisting of three members. The composition of the juries will be announced to the participants after the closing date, as will the pitch locations. The juries will make the selection during the scout nights, based on the criteria below:
1. Quality: The jury specifically looks at the relationship between the motivation and artistic principles of the maker and the way in which these are expressed in the work. In doing so, the jury considers the imaginative and investigative attitude of the maker and their mastery of the chosen means.
2. Relevance: The jury evaluates the extent to which this is a unique voice and distinctive practice for the creative industry.
3. Development potential: The jury assesses the potential for the maker's artistic and professional development.
All applicants will be informed of the results of the scout nights. The Fund only communicates about the selected proposals. The rejected proposals receive a negative decision.

If you are selected during one of the scout nights, you will receive € 1,000 to write a development plan for a grant of € 24,000. This plan will be assessed in the second and final round of the Talent Development grant programme by the advisory committee of this grant programme, together with the plans it selected in the first round as part of the regular procedure. In this second round, the committee selects a maximum of 35 makers for a talent development grant.

online application environment
Via the online application environment, fill in the form to participate in one of the scout nights, and attach your portfolio and CV. For this, you need to create a personal account. Please note: do this in good time, validation of a new user account by the Fund can take up to one working day and can only take place during working days.

Do you have any questions? See if these are answered in the frequently asked questions on our website or contact Sharvin Ramjan, Talent Development grant officer, or the scout in your area.

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Open Call Fresh Perspectives #6

The Fund invites mid-career makers and designers from the creative industries to submit a proposal, together with a collaboration partner, which focuses on tackling a current social issue. By means of the Fresh Perspectives Open Call, the Fund aims to encourage designers with a good concept to enter into a collaboration with a renowned company, organization or knowledge institution. Submission is possible until Wednesday 27 October 2021.

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

Depending on the task, the results of the collaboration may assume a diversity of forms: a product, intervention or service, for instance. It is possible to work together with international partners. However, the applicant must be based in the Netherlands and there must be a predominantly Dutch interest in the project.

Creative Industries Fund NL is making € 270,000 available for this Open Call. The maximum contribution per project is € 45,000. Please note that this amount is granted in three phases.

The open call has three phases:

Phase 1: start-up phase – formalization of collaboration(s), funding, planning and research framework (3 to maximum 6 months). A maximum sum of € 10,000 per proposal is available for this phase. For the application for this phase, you describe the activities that contribute to focusing the content and organizational side of the project. In the initial phase, the partnership is perpetuated and substantive and financial support for the project in phase 2 is secured. The start-up phase is also there to conduct preliminary research, draw up collaboration agreements and possibly work out a first proof of concept.
Phase 2: implementation phase – further development and implementation of the project (maximum 2 years). A maximum sum of € 30,000 per proposal is available for this phase.
Phase 3: impact/presentation phase – possibility of additional funding to enhance the impact of the project outside the realm of the creative industries (maximum 6 months). A maximum sum of € 5,000 per proposal is available for this phase.

The application for phase 1 can be submitted until Wednesday 27 October 2021 at the latest via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. Select 'Open Call Fresh Perspectives' from the drop-down menus.

The proposal consists of:
1. A project plan (max. 10 pages A4, portrait) containing:
a. A clear description of the social issue, problem or theme that the collaboration addresses. Place the proposal within current social developments and explain the social relevance of the project.
b. The maker's design vision and description of the project's content-related principles (including artistic principles). Postion the proposal within current design practice and explain the relevance of the project for the practice of the maker involved, and the maker's field.
c. Intended target groups: explain who the project is aiming at.
d. Planned approach: what methodology will be used and what are the intended results? Describe the activities that help to focus the content and organizational side of the project.
e. The collaboration: describe the motivation and added value of the collaboration for all the parties involved. In doing so, provide insight into the partner's knowledge and how the expertise of the maker and the partner complement each other.
f. An overview of the budgeted costs and the planning of the project for phase 1. The budget for phases 2 and 3 does not yet have to be submitted in a final version. Do include an estimate of the entire project costs (phase 1 and 2) in the plan. Indicate clearly which costs are incurred in which phase. Do you use phase 1 to perpetuate the co-financing / financial support for phase 2? In that case, include this in the coverage plan. You will find a sample budget on page 6 of the Grant Application Guide.
2. A portfolio of the designer/maker's work and information about the partner (max. 10 A4 pages);
3. CVs of the parties involved (max. 4 pages);
4. A recent extract from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).
5. Letters of intent from the partner(s) involved.

N.B.: If the application fails to satisfy the above, it will not be possible to evaluate the substance of the application.
N.B.: Please note: request your login details for the online application environment in good time. It takes one working day for a new applicant's account to be activated.

This Open Call has its legal basis in the Creative Industries Fund NL's Open Call Grant Scheme. Read this grant scheme carefully before submitting an application.

The assessment of phase 1 is based on a project plan. A committee of external advisers will be consulted for the assessment of the plan. This panel will prioritize a number of proposals above the others. The advisers evaluate the proposal to gauge the extent to which it is in keeping with the aim of this Open Call. The advisers base their judgement on the following criteria:

a. The social relevance of the chosen design task;
This criterion examines how the proposal is positioned in relation to existing knowledge about the social issue being addressed and the extent to which it adds value to that knowledge. Are surprising and relevant questions being asked or new perspectives being highlighted? Does the proposal challenge current thinking and practices, or does it instead build on these? How and in what direction will new knowledge be sought and what results and insights are expected?
b. The extent of the project's effectiveness in terms of structure, methodology and expertise involved;
The more practical implementation side of the project is also examined. The committee assesses the extent to which the objective and structure are in line with each other and on which target groups the proposal focuses. It also looks at the clarity of the planned approach, the effectiveness of the chosen methodology and whether the expertise involved in carrying out the project gives confidence that the collaboration will lead to innovative results.
c. the quality and form of the collaboration;
Among other aspects, the committee considers the position of the maker within the project and the contribution and motivation of the partner. Is the collaboration on an equal footing and is the designer involved across the whole of the project? What is the partner's input?
d. The artistically relevant quality of the project;
The assessment of the artistically relevant quality of the project is dependent on context and discipline. Design practices associated with the various (sub)disciplines are taken into account by the advisers. Among other things, the committee looks at the creative and cultural added value of design in the approach to the issue and whether this approach is in line with the design vision of the maker involved. What is the content-related goal or starting point of the maker and how is this translated into a research study, design task, form or other means? In doing so, the committee considers which step the applicant intends to take with the new project.
e. The extent to which the project adds to existing practice/design practice.
This criterion examines how the project is positioned in relation to existing knowledge and practices within the field and the extent to which it adds value to that knowledge.

The committee may attach one or more conditions to a positive recommendation for the first phase, with which the project must comply in a possible second phase. An essential pre-condition for the second phase is a collaboration agreement for the implementation of the project signed by all parties involved.

The applicant submits a phase 1 report justifying the grant awarded. The report answers the following questions:
What are the results so far? (reflection on phase 1)
How are these results being built on? (preview phase 2)
How have the conditions set by the committee been incorporated into the proposal?

The report forms the basis for a monitoring discussion between the Fund and the applicant (and collaboration partner). The question of whether subsidy is to be granted for the second phase will be evaluated internally by the Fund by checking against the conditions set by the committee.

During or after phase 2 (depending on the course of the project), a maximum budget of € 5,000 can be applied for (phase 3). This budget is intended to increase the impact of the project and can be used to better disseminate results and/or knowledge. The applicant may submit a proposal to the Fund for this purpose. These proposals are evaluated in a meeting between the Fund, the applicant and an adviser.

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

The processing and assessment of the proposals submitted is carried out within the framework of the Open Call Grant Scheme. Any subsidy is awarded on the basis of the regulations applicable to this grant scheme.

The following articles in these regulations do not apply to this open call:
Article 4, under f
Article 13. For this open call, any grant awarded for phase 1 will be paid out all at once. For phase 2, in the event of a grant being awarded, the Fund will pay out 80% of the amount awarded by way of an advance. The balance will be paid out following the decision to approve the subsidy at the end of the grant period, unless the decision to approve the grant specifies a lower amount.

The additional conditions stipulated by the Fund are as follows:
• The designer/maker is mid-career and has had their own practice within the field of design, architecture or digital culture for at least four years.
• The designer/maker submits the application, acts as the coordinator of the project and is involved in the entire process.
• Both parties are committed to the collaboration, and the collaboration was recorded in a collaboration agreement at the start of phase 2. Find more information about collaboration agreements here in Dutch.
• 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 the start-up phase;
• There is no question of a commissioning-client relationship between the parties involved;
• All parties involved are aware of the Fair Practice Code. At the start of phase 2, the applicant provides an explanation of how the code is applied within the project.

The selected proposals will receive funding from the Talent Development Programme.
The selection will be announced by 15 December 2021 at the latest, via the online application environment and on the Fund's website. From that moment on, the project can begin.

would you like to know more?
For questions about the Open Call and the procedure, please contact Hyun Vin Kaspers, or call 010 436 1600.

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