17 May 2021
The Fund is looking for experienced design agencies within the disciplines of architecture, design and digital culture that, with a contribution from the Fund, would like to enter into a collaborative programme this year for a period of approximately three months with a talented, starting maker or designer.
In this first round, which is open until 21 June 2021
, design agencies can submit an initial research proposal. There is scope to support approximately 30 agencies. In August a repeat of the call is planned in which a further 70 cooperation processes are made possible. The application is relatively easy and quick to prepare.
Subsequently, in the second round in July, design talents can respond to the selected research proposals and a match will be made between agency and designer. The Fund then provides a subsidy to both the studio and the designer.
The objective of the call is to strengthen the connection of starting designers with the professional field during COVID-19 and to support the work field during this crisis by creating extra room for in-depth research and experimentation.Open Call Building Talent 2021 for experienced design agencies
• Total budget available for round 1 and round 2 is € 375,000, which will allow for the selection of approximately 30 proposals.
• Amount available per collaborative programme: € 12,500 (€ 6,250 for the design agency and € 6,250 for the starting designer)
• Submit up to 21 June 2021
• Duration of collaborative programme 3 months (starting half September 2021)
• Available to experienced design agencies from across the creative industriesbackground
As a result of the coronavirus crisis, it is more difficult for design agencies to make time, space and resources available for self-initiated research and experimentation. In addition, it is difficult for many starting designers to find a connection with the professional field. By creating space for collaboration, the Fund wants to support starting designers and established agencies in this area. The purpose of the grant scheme is therefore twofold: firstly, the Fund aims to contribute to strengthening the knowledge, experience, network and entrepreneurship of starting designers. Secondly, the call offers an opportunity for experienced agencies to deploy extra design power for in-depth research and experimentation. There is a greater need for this, particularly now.who is this open call for?
In this first round, the Fund is calling on design agencies from across the creative industry to submit a proposal. For instance, studios, architectural firms, collectives, game developers, fashion labels or other forms of professional design practices.
After completion of the first selection of design agencies in June, the second round will follow with a closing date of 24 August, for which starting designers and makers can apply, in response to one of the selected agencies and their specific research proposal.submission
Design agencies can submit a proposal until 21 June at the latest
. Read more about the open call and how to apply here