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Open Call: Fresh Perspectives #3

Do you have a good concept for working together with a partner outside the creative industry on a current social issue? The Fund is inviting makers and designers to submit a proposal with this partner, aimed at jointly tackling an urgent theme. With the Fresh Perspectives Open Call, the Fund aims to stimulate collaboration between designers and renowned companies, organizations or knowledge institutions. Submission is possible until 22 May 2019.

This open call has ended. Read more about the selected projects here

Every year, the Fund supports hundreds of talented makers and designers in the development of their professional practice. The research and experiments carried out by these makers are often at the beginning of the design chain. This involves the unrestrained combination of knowledge and methods and often leads to new insights, concepts and prototypes. The Fund has identified a strong need among makers and designers to further develop the results of these studies and make them applicable outside their own discipline or professional practice. However, there is often a lack of decisive clout in the guise of a sturdy external party that is able to translate ideas into results, At the same time, the Fund sees that organizations and companies can benefit greatly from a designer's fresh perspective on a wide range of complex issues. All too often, however, a designer is involved in the process too late or not even at all.

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

set-up of the Open Call
Creative Industries Fund NL is setting aside €180,000 for this Open Call. The maximum grant per project is €40,000, divided across two phases.

Depending on the task, the outcomes of the collaboration may assume a diversity of forms, for instance a product, intervention or service. Collaborating with international partners is an option, however a Dutch interest should prevail within the project.

The conditions stipulated by the Fund are:

the designer/maker is involved throughout the entire process;
both parties commit themselves to the collaboration;
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 a start-up phase;
a form of presentation relevant to the sector is included at the end of the process.
the designer acts as the coordinator, i.e. they submit the application on behalf of the collaborating parties.
there is no question of a commissioning-client relationship between the parties.

The financial contribution is divided over two phases. Proposals provide insight into the entire process, but focus specifically on the substance and activities involved in the first phase.

1. The initial phase covers a period of up to five months, during which preliminary research is carried out, the project is prepared and the collaboration is made concrete. For this phase, a sum of € 10,000 per proposal is available. The outcome of this phase is a detailed project plan, the planning of activities, a budget and a signed collaboration agreement between the two parties for the follow-up phase. This package also serves as the application for phase 2.
2. The second phase is intended for further elaboration and implementation and/or the assessment of actual results. A maximum sum of € 30,000 per proposal is available for this phase. This sum can be roughly divided over the design and research hours of the designer/maker and the partner, materials and other costs. A phase 1 grant being awarded is not a guarantee that a phase 2 grant will be awarded. The Fund may select more projects for a first phase than there is budget available for the second phase.

The application for the first phase can be submitted via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment by Wednesday, 22 May 2019 at the latest. Select 'Open Call: Fresh Perspectives' from the drop-down menus.

The proposal consists of:
1. A project plan (max. 10 A4 pages in portrait format), consisting of:
A clear description of the social issue that the collaboration addresses;
An outline of the potential solution that will be investigated/implemented;
The motivation and added value of the collaboration for the two parties involved;
A clear description of the pretext, content and expected outcome of the collaboration;
A concise overview of the project's budgeted costs and the planning.

2. A portfolio from the maker/designer and information about the partner (max. 10 A4 pages);
3. CVs of the parties involved (max. 4 pages).

If the application fails to satisfy the description above, it will not be possible to evaluate the substance of the application.
Apply for your login 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.
You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by e-mail within a week of the closing date.
In order to receive a grant you must be registered with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).

A committee of external advisers will be consulted for the evaluation of the applications. This panel will prioritize a number of proposals. In its evaluation, the committee will consider the following:

The extent to which the proposal is in keeping with the aim of this Open Cal, specifically:
the social relevance of the issue being tackled;
the project's proposed set-up and purpose;
the quality and form of collaboration (including the maker's position, the expert partner's contribution, intellectual property);
the artistic quality of the designer/maker's work;
the consistency in purpose, set-up and expertise involved.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender. This means that a number of proposals will be prioritized over other submissions, with the rejected proposals not receiving any individual clarification from the Fund. The Fund will contact the selected parties.

The selected proposals will receive a grant from a supplementary budget being provided by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OC&W) for talent development in the creative industries. With this budget, the Ministry wishes to support talent that operates outside the boundaries of the discipline.
The selection will be announced by 1 July 2019 at the latest, by e-mail and on the Fund's website. From that moment, the project can begin. After a period of up to five months, you will submit your detailed project plan, planning of activities, budget and a signed collaboration agreement between the two parties for the follow-up trajectory in the second phase.

For questions about the Open Call and the procedure, please contact Roxanne Minten, r.minten@stimuleringsfonds.nl or 010 436 1600.
This Open Call has its legal framework in the Creative Industries Fund NL's Subsidy Regulations.