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Open call Space for Talent
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Open call Space for Talent

The Creative Industries Fund NL invites architects, designers and makers to submit a proposal for research, an experiment or development of new knowledge within a practical environment, such as a lab, development site or workplace. With this 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.

This open call has ended.

set-up of the call
The Creative Industries Fund NL is making € 200,000 available for this open call. The maximum contribution per project is € 25,000. The conditions for support are that there is a new collaboration between a maker and a partner that is able to facilitate a practical environment. 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.

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 amounts are granted under the conditions of a collaboration agreement that must be submitted no later than 4 weeks after the grant has been awarded. A format for the agreement follows after awarding.

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;
- motivation for the project, provided by 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, the knowledge and working environment being offered by the partner, the method of collaboration and the intended result;
- there is no question of a regular commissioning relationship between the parties; and

a form of knowledge-sharing relevant to the project is included at the end of the project.

submission
The application can be submitted until Wednesday 28 November 2018 at the latest via the Creative Industries Fund NL online application environment. Select the ‘Open Call' followed by 'Space for Talent round’.

The application consists of:
1. plan / description of the activities (max. 10 pages A4) which contains:
a description of the activities to be carried out and the practical environment, including a plan with a form of knowledge-sharing with third parties relevant to the project;
justification of how the project contributes to the development of your own professional and artistic practice;
a rationale from the maker for choosing this partner;
a rationale from the partner that gives 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, the knowledge and working environment being offered by the partner, the method of collaboration and the intended result;
2. budget & planning: an overview of the partner’s budgeted costs up to a maximum amount of € 10,000’an overview of the maker/designer’s budgeted costs up to a maximum amount of € 15,000: the planning, including estimated hours involved;
3. CVs of the parties involved: with relevant information about experience and work experience concerning the proposed project (max. 2 pages);
4. the maker/designer’s portfolio and information about the partner (max. 10 pages A4); and
5. an extract from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) register (dated within the last year).

please note:
If a submission fails to meet the requirements outlined above, no evaluation of the content can take place. Request your login details for the online application environment in good time and familiarize yourself with the application form. Validation of a new user account takes 1 working day at most. You will receive confirmation of receipt by e-mail one week after the closing date at the latest. To receive a grant you must be registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).

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 assessed 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 designer's work;
2. the extent to which the proposed plan contributes to the further artistic and professional development of the maker concerned;
3. the quality of the planned approach and the degree of connection with the partner with whom the applicant wishes to implement the plan;
4. the extent to which the proposal is consistent in objective, organization and expertise involved;
5. to what extent there is a special collaboration that goes beyond the partner's regular practice; and
6. the expected degree to which the plan will lead to an inspiring example for professional colleagues or an audience suitable for the project.

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. Also excluded are research/residency places that are part of activity programmes being supported in the period 2019-2020 under the Grant Programme for Multi-year Programmes. Finally, institutions that already receive funding from the Basic Infrastructure for Culture (BIS), educational institutions or postgraduate institutions are not eligible for subsidy under this Open Call.

available budget
The Creative Industries Fund NL is making a maximum of € 200,000 available for this Open Call. The maximum contribution per application is € 25,000, of which a maximum of € 10,000 is for the partner. 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 the end of December.

for your information
In March 2019, during ‘Bring it On’, the Fund is organizing a meeting with the selected proposals. The aim is to exchange knowledge and experiences and to make them public.
For questions about the open call and procedure, please contact Marieke Ladru by e-mail or 010-436 1600 by telephone.

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Open Call: Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco #2

Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on designers, makers, curators and cultural organizations in the Netherlands to submit a plan for a project that deploys design for sustainable and inclusive societies. The open call invites cultural parties to join forces with a local partner to turn their minds to a topical issue, observation or development in Turkey, Russia, Egypt or Morocco. The project should entail an egalitarian collaboration between the parties.

The rapid growth of cities is a topic that is relevant in the four countries that the open call is focusing on, resulting in new relationships between street culture, identity and public space, as well as between the city and the countryside. The appropriation of the city by various parties – grassroots and top-down, public and private, established and emerging – takes a diversity of forms, in the physical as well as the virtual domain. Designers are being asked to put topical themes that relate to the city, its surroundings and users on the agenda, to question them or propose solutions. This calls for cross-disciplinary and context-sensitive collaborations at the interface of culture, new media, technology, craft, society and the new economy.

collaboration
The project team (of Dutch and local partners) adopts a standpoint concerning sustainable and inclusive societies within the theme that the project focuses on. The plan provides insight into how and why various stakeholders will be involved with the project. Projects can take a diversity of forms, from artistic, speculative or design-based research to the implementation of a pilot, intervention or campaign. The perspective of Turkish, Russian, Egyptian or Moroccan parties is crucial and should be embedded in the project.

focus
This is a follow-up to the first series of Open Calls focused on these four countries that the Fund issued previously. As a result of findings concerning the first series of open calls, the Fund is more emphatically seeking for projects that relate to disciplines in the fields of design and digital culture, as well as every possible crossover.

budget and support in two phases
The support of the selected projects is divided into two phases:

Phase 1 lasts up to 3 months for exploration, preparatory research, the consolidation of the collaborations as well as the garnering of support and co-funding. The first phase results in an detailed project plan for Phase 2;
Phase 2 is intended for implementation of the project plan as elaborated in Phase 1.

A maximum of 4 projects per country will be selected for Phase 1, with a maximum grant of €15,000 per project.

For Phase 2, the intention is to support a maximum of 4 projects per country, with a maximum grant of €50,000 per project.

submissions
Projects can be submitted from 1 December 2018 to 21 January 2019 via Creative Industries Fund NL’s online application environment.

planning
Informative meet-up: 6 December 2018 between 13:30h. – 18:00h. in Het Nieuwe Instituut
• Deadline for submissions: 21 January 2019
• Phase 1 begins after the announcement of the selection on 4 March 2019.
• A team meeting with all the selected parties will be held in March 2019.
• Deadline for submissions for Phase 2: 10 June 2019
• Phase 2 begins after the announcement of the selection on 1 August 2019 and continues for a maximum of one year.

the application consists of the following components:
1. A concise and coherent project plan, max. 10 pages on the basis of the Guidelines for TREM#2 and see tips for drafting a project plan the FAQ, compiled in response to the previous open call.
2. A budget and planning: concrete for Phase 1 and looking ahead to Phase 2, max. 2 pages:
The Fund’s support is specifically intended for the implementation of the design, designers, makers and hours for the organization. The maximum hourly rate is set at €65.00/hour (excluding VAT). When drawing up the budget bear in mind any VAT obligations, where applicable. In case of doubt, always contact the regional tax office first.
3. CVs of those involved, max. 2 pages in total.
4. Where relevant, a portfolio with information about relevant prior projects.
5. Certificate of registration from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) that is less than one year old.
6. Representative image for the Fund’s communication purposes.

The Subsidy Regulations specify costs that are excluded from funding by Creative Industries Fund NL.

The project plan is a PDF file in A4 format of up to 10 pages (excluding planning, budget, CVs and certificate of registration from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce/KvK). The file is no larger than 10 MB. If the application fails to meet the description above, it will not be accepted for evaluation.

N.B.:
Request your login details 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.
There is no opportunity to submit a draft project plan to the Fund, but until 14 January 2019 you can request preparatory advice. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail within 14 days after the deadline.

evaluation
The Fund will select a number of projects for the start-up phase in conjunction with external experts, based on the following criteria:
The relevance of the theme;
The degree to which content and the project’s form enhance each other and are distinctive;
The degree of fully fledged collaboration in the project;
An evenly balanced sharing of the budget.
The Fund will, where needed, seek the advice of the Dutch Embassies and/or Consulates in the countries concerned regarding the cooperation between Dutch and local parties within the proposed collaboration.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender. This means that a number of projects are preferred above the other submissions, and the project plans that are declined do not receive an individual explanation from the Fund. Within the total programme (open call #1 and 2) the fund strives for a diverse selection of theme’s, disciplines project forms, locations and partners. The Fund will contact the selected parties. The selection will be announced by e-mail within the six weeks after the deadline.

questions?
For questions about the open call and the procedure, please telephone +31(0)10 436 16 00 or send an e-mail to Yasmin Kursun via [email protected] or Zineb Seghrouchni via
[email protected]
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context
Within the policy framework of the International Culture Policy 2017-2020 and with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Creative Industries Fund NL is implementing a four-year programme with the title ‘Sustainable and inclusive cities through design’. Pivotal to the programme is the role and deployment of design (and design thinking) in questioning and proposing solutions for the consequences of rapid urbanization and the associated societal themes. This will stimulate cross-disciplinary projects with relevant stakeholders in Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco, within as well as beyond the design disciplines, aimed at providing opportunities for collaboration on an equal footing between these four countries and the Netherlands, while strengthening trust and understanding between the two countries.

With this programme the Fund is endeavouring to:
establish long-term collaborations and networks (of expertise) between the Netherlands and Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco;
strengthen projects that are locally interwoven and are based on a local requirement;
promote an inclusive and egalitarian approach to tasks, collaborations and interchange.

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