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Open Call Fresh Perspectives #4

The Fund invites makers and designers from the creative industries to submit a proposal together with a partner, aimed at jointly tackling a current social issue. With the Fresh Perspectives Open Call, the Fund aims to stimulate collaboration between designers with a good concept and renowned companies, organizations or knowledge institutions. Submission is possible until 15 April 2020.

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. The unrestrained combination of knowledge and methods is involved and this 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 recognizes 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.

You can find an overview of the projects supported in the previous rounds of Fresh Perspectives here.

set-up of the Open Call
Creative Industries Fund NL is setting aside € 220,000 for this Open Call. The maximum grant per project is € 40,000, divided across two phases.

Depending on the task, the results 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 two parties;
the designer/maker is registered in the Dutch Chamber of Commerce trade register.
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 initial phase.

1. The initial phase covers a period of up to three months, during which preliminary research is carried out, the project is prepared and the collaboration is given concrete form. 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 the second phase.
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, required materials and other costs. Being awarded a phase 1 grant is not a guarantee that a grant will be awarded for phase 2. The Fund may select a maximum of seven projects in the first phase. In the second phase, there is a budget for a maximum of five projects.

The application can be submitted until Wednesday, 15 April 2020 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 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);
4. A recent extract from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).

If the application fails to satisfy the description above, it will not be possible to evaluate the substance of the application.

N.B.: 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 can take up to one working day.

A committee of external advisers will be consulted for the evaluation of the applications. This panel will prioritize a number of proposals. 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:
the social relevance of the issue being addressed;
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 or maker's work;
the consistency in purpose, set-up and expertise involved.

The evaluation of an Open Call takes the form of a tender: this means that, within the available budget, a number of proposals will be prioritized over other submissions. Only projects with a positive evaluation can be supported.
You will receive confirmation of receipt by e-mail at the latest one week after the closing date. Only projects with a positive evaluation can be supported. In addition, the Fund will only communicate about the selected proposals.
The processing and evaluation of the proposals submitted will be carried out within the framework of the Subsidy Regulations. Any subsidy will be awarded on the basis of these Subsidy Regulations. Important in this context is Article 7, paragraph 2, which allows for a special procedure for Open Calls. The following articles in these Regulations do not apply to this Open Call:
Article 5, paragraph 3, under a
Article 11, paragraph 2, under a and c, and paragraph 3, under a
Article 13, under b
Articles 16 to 21
Article 22, paragraph 3

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 12 June 2020 at the latest, by e-mail and on the Fund's website. From that moment on, the project can begin.

For questions about the Open Call and the procedure, please contact Marieke Ladru, m.ladru@stimuleringsfonds.nl or 010 436 1600.

This Open Call has its legal basis in the Creative Industries Fund NL's Subsidy Regulations.