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Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration

Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration

Budget from 4 January up to 30 June 2021: € 720,000

Update 22 March 2021: so far € 313.902 has been granted to projects.

By means of a Temporary Procedure for supporting International Collaboration (TPIC), the Creative Industries Fund NL is supporting projects that provide a substantive contribution to the development, profiling and reinforcement of the contemporary Dutch creative industry's international position, and is focusing on new forms of international collaboration. Applications can be submitted from 4 January to June 30 2021.

Applications can be submitted continuously and will be processed in order of receipt. Decision-making will take place within 6 weeks of submission, so that in this uncertain international COVID-19 period the applicant knows quickly whether support will follow.

Working together on international projects in times of (local) crisis is nothing new. International partnerships therefore have to be flexible when dealing with sudden changes or unexpected events. In this temporary application procedure for international collaboration, it is important that not only the qualitative description of the collaboration is provided, but that there is also reflection on the feasibility of the project – for example, with regard to mobility and physically meeting up.

International projects involving a Dutch design party applying in collaboration with one or more international partners and in response to a specific foreign issue or assignment are eligible for this procedure.

An amount of up to € 20,000 is available for new or existing collaborations in the implementation of a project. Of this amount, a maximum of € 1,500 may be reserved in the budget for travel and accommodation costs. The grant can be used for hours spent on desk research and online calls/meetings and the development costs of a non-physical result such as an article, video, publication and website, but also for the development costs of a physical result such as a presentation or installation.

subsidy ceiling
In the event of a positive decision leading to the above-mentioned subsidy ceiling of € 720,000 being exceeded, this temporary procedure for international collaboration will stop immediately and any proposals submitted later than this application will no longer be processed.

Because of COVID-19, the Fund had to take the decision to put the Internationalization Grant Programme and the Vouchers procedure for Presentations Abroad on hold. A Temporary Procedure for supporting International Collaboration has started on 15 July 2020 as an alternative. The financial resources come from the Fund's budget for international cultural policy.

In June 2021 it will be decided whether this temporary procedure will be continued. This partly depends on the international situation regarding COVID-19.
This procedure is intended to support designers, makers, producers and commissioning clients in the creative industry who are based in the Netherlands. Organizations, curators and mediators may only apply for a grant if their contribution serves the promotion of the international position of Dutch designers and makers.

You need to be registered as a company with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel) when you apply for the subsidy.

In the coming months, it is uncertain how circumstances and additional measures relating to COVID-19 will develop, especially when it concerns mobility and international travel. For the time being, it is therefore not possible for foreign parties to apply for a subsidy under this procedure. They may, however, explicitly be part of an application.
The conditions that have to be met in order to be eligible for a contribution are as follows:
• The subsidy requirement is a maximum of € 20,000, of which no more than € 1,500 is reserved for travel and accommodation costs.
• A reasonable level of co-financing is required for a project application for € 7,500 and upwards.
• There is a clear and signed collaboration agreement with the foreign partner, which aligns with a concrete foreign issue or assignment.
• A maximum of € 1,500 for travel and accommodation costs may be included in the budget. These travel and accommodation expenses can only be accepted if there is no negative travel advice (code orange or red) from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the country or region in question at the time of granting.
• The applicant declares that, in the event that a negative travel advice is issued during the duration of the project, no travel to the country or region concerned will be commenced as part of the project applied for, and that people who are in a country as part of the project when a negative travel advice is issued will leave the country and return as soon as possible.
• For countries or regions where a negative travel advice exists at the time of granting, no travel and subsistence costs can be included in the budget.
• All journeys within a radius of 1,000 km (one way, as the crow flies) from the Netherlands must be made by land, unless this takes demonstrably longer than 20 hours.
• The project incorporates a preliminary and a post-project stage. The preliminary stage comprises as a minimum thorough preparation in collaboration with relevant parties. The post-project stage comprises as a minimum an evaluation and feedback of knowledge and experience gained from international activities to the relevant target groups designated in advance.
• The proposal serves a cultural and Dutch interest for the creative industry that transcends the individual.
• A maximum of one applicant, studio, company or collective, can be awarded a grant under this procedure in 2021.
Subsidy will be awarded on the basis of the Internationalization grant programme (PDF) with the exclusion of Article 3 of this grant programme. The project must make a contribution to the objectives of the Internationalization grant programme.

Once you have submitted your application, the Fund office will go through the following three steps:
1. After the submission of your application the Fund's office checks whether you comply with the formal requirements as listed in the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the Grant Programme for Internationalization (PDF).
2. In addition to these regulations, the website text of the TPIC procedure is valid. The Fund's office checks whether your submitted proposal is realistic and feasible.
3. If these two conditions are met, your application will be processed.

Subsequently, a number of external advisers (minimum 2, maximum 3) will evaluate on the extent to which your application is expected to contribute to the objectives of TPIC.

This evaluation takes place on the basis of 4 criteria:
1. Artistic quality of the project and maker;
2. The extent to which the project is effective in planned approach and methodology;
3. Tenor of the collaboration and sustainable relationship; and
4. Relevance of the project for the Dutch creative industry.

The external advisers assess the extent to which your application meets the above criteria. A five-point scale is used for this purpose:
1. unsatisfactory;
2. moderate;
3. satisfactory;
4. good; and
5. very good.

If the average of the scores for these five criteria is 3 or more, the application is judged as positive.

The advisers for the Internationalization grant programme are asked to assess the TPIC applications and, if necessary, the Fund will appoint advisers from the other grant programmes of the Fund.

In its considerations when evaluating applications, the Fund may request information from Dutch embassies or posts in the country concerned. The Fund may also request additional content-related advice from an external adviser.
Refer to the Grant Application Guide (PDF) before submitting your application. The guide provides direction with regard to the grant application and the drawing up of a project plan, budget and presentation plan.
Applications must be submitted via the online application environment. For this, you need to create a personal account. Please note: validation of a new user account by the Fund can take up to one working day and can only take place during working days.
• You can apply in the period from 6 weeks to 3 months before the start of the project;
• The maximum duration of a project is 6 months;
• It takes a maximum of 6 weeks to process a complete application;
• In 2021 a maximum of one project per applicant may receive a grant;
• The grant ceiling of this procedure is € 360,000 until 30 June 2021.
The board of the Fund will include the committee's advice in the decision whether or not to grant the subsidy. You will be informed of this decision by means of a decree. You will receive this decision no later than six weeks after submitting your application. You will receive an e-mail with the result. Subsidy is awarded under the Temporary Procedure for supporting International Collaboration (TPIC) on the basis of the Internationalization Grant Programme.
If you receive a subsidy from the Fund, you also enter into obligations.
Please read important information about your accountability here. Two weeks before completion of your project, you will receive an e-mail requesting you to submit your accountability report in the online application environment.
It is not possible to submit draft versions of applications to the staff members. First check to see if your question is answered in the general FAQ. Specific questions about the TPIC procedure can be sent by e-mail to:

Roxanne Minten
You can phone +31 (0)10 4361600.

grants issued International Collaboration


Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration Research

A Woven Cosmos, Spinning a yarn

Jongeriuslab, 2020

Studio Jongeriuslab is bringing together a team of designers and knowledge partners in an experimental study into technical, industrial innovation in the area of use and re-use of textile waste. Jongeriuslab sees that not only consumers, but also designers are increasingly alienated from the automated production process in factories. In this research study, the team is itself developing a number of new machines and presenting them in the exhibition space Gropius Bau, Berlin. The machines will be further developed here during interactive workshops in small groups with members of the public and designers. By, for example, making their own yarn from old clothing, the team aims to create more awareness in a direct and creative way. The designers involved are: Jos Klarenbeek, Vera de Pont, Sarah Meyers, Laura Fugmann, Adrianus Kundert, Marie Rime, Jonas Stracke and Rosana Escobar. Knowledge partners include the Composite Materials Group from KU Leuven and RWTH Aachen University. The expected opening is in late April 2021.

Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration Programme



MONO JAPAN is developing a digital version of the artist-in-residence programme between designers in the Netherlands and traditional craftsmen and artists in Japan. A preliminary investigation will be carried out to discover the best form for the online meetings. The video conversations between the participants will be recorded and translated into documentaries that show the collaborative process within an intercultural setting. The linked participants for this first online edition are: Paul Beumer and Yukihito Kanai for exchange in the area of natural painting techniques, and Studio Nienke Hoogvliet, Chikara Kojima and Yufu City for exchange concerning the utilization of bamboo materials.

Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration Research

Draping Poetry

Maryam Kordbacheh, 2020

'Draping Poetry' concentrates on material and form research, focuses on the conceptual and philosophical view of the design process, studies and questions the fundamental aspects of design, and investigates items of clothing that go beyond their material meaning. The aim in this last phase is to develop and realize the knowledge and experience gained during the research phase. 'Draping Poetry' will result in a contemporary, conceptual and experimental art installation. As part of this, Kordbacheh will highlight the results of the material and form studies. In this way, she is trying to emphasize the process of designing. By connecting the worlds as the idea behind them, she wants to exhibit her work in Japan and the Netherlands in a different adapted way through photography and film. She believes that not being physically present will not prevent her from sharing her vision. Lastly, Kordbacheh is developing a publication.

Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration Exhibition

Harvest! Collect! Re-Use! the new building site

Superuse, 2020

Since its foundation in 1997, Superuse has been working with reclaimed materials in their designs. One of the bureau's aims is to facilitate the reuse of materials in building practice. Here, the larger the scale, the better. In the Netherlands there is already widespread interest in reuse and in Germany interest is also growing. Superuse has been invited by curators Sally Below of Aufbauhaus Berlin and Nicola Borgmann of Architectuurgalerie München to contribute to an exhibition and peripheral programme to promote the subject of reuse in the building sector, and also to demonstrate the Superuse approach to the reuse of building materials and investigate it in a German setting. The exhibition presents example projects already realized and concepts with the various approaches to sustainable building. The common theme is the circular approach. Superuse will also be looking for local residual materials in Germany, which will be presented in the 'Harvest Map Germany'. If possible, samples will also be exhibited. In addition, Superuse wants to explore initiatives relating to circular building in Germany, show examples and exchange knowledge between the German and Dutch building sectors, in particular architects. With this exhibition, the creation of 'Harvest Map Germany', an accompanying series of lectures and a student programme in Berlin and Munich, Superuse expects to inspire stakeholders in the building sector and have a positive effect on the reuse of materials in the building sector in Germany.

Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration Product development


4DSOUND, 2020

'Grove' is an immersive audiovisual and sculptural installation, that is being created in a collaboration between 4DSOUND, Salvador Breed (NL), Philip Beesley (CA), Living Architecture Systems Group (CA) and W+N Studio (UK). The collaboration is a continuation of previously made connections. The current phase is concerned with research into the development of new technologies such as kinetic architecture, 3D-printed speakers and interactive software. 'Grove' combines film, audio and sculpture in the form of an installation that depicts the future of architecture. The installation has three components: an oval-shaped film projected onto the ground with digital visualizations of future architectural environments, an experimental spatial audio composition that can be heard through 3D-printed speakers and a series of cloud-like sculptures that create an enclosed, physical environment. The work will premiere at the Venice Architecture Biennale from 22 May to 21 November 2021. Afterwards, the work will travel to Delft and Toronto.

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