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Open Call Salone del Mobile 2016

Creative Industries Fund NL is inviting designers to submit proposals for a presentation during the Salone del Mobile 2016. The Salone del Mobile in Milan is one of the leading international fairs for furniture and product design. The forthcoming edition runs from 12 to 17 April 2016. This call is the only opportunity to receive a grant for participation in this fair and/or any related activities.

Submissions
You can submit your proposal by 17 November 2015 at the latest via the Fund's online application environment, selecting the 'Open Call' menu and then the 'Open Call: Salone del Mobile 2016' round.

The project proposal must consist of:

a motivation for participation and a description of the long-term strategy for the development of your own design practice and how participation in the Salone relates to this;
a clear-cut, concise description of the presentation's structure and objective;
a description of the intended presentation venue;
in the case of a group presentation, the proposal should explain the designers chosen;
visual material of the designs that will be presented;
a realistic budget. N.B. the grant can only be used for the travel and accommodation costs of designers, transportation costs, rental of the venue and communications. A personal contribution or co-funding is not obligatory, but if the grant requirement is greater than €5,000 then co-funding or a personal contribution is recommended;
CV (max. 2 pages per proposal);
certificate of registration with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) that is dated within the last year. If you do not have a KvK registration, then this can still be submitted subsequent to selection.

Format
The project proposal is a PDF document in A4 format, a maximum of 6 pages in length (excluding CV and KvK registration) and no larger than 5 MB in size. The application will be ineligible for evaluation if it fails to meet the description above. N.B. Request your login details for the online application environment and familiarize yourself with the application form in good time. Validation of a new user account can take up to one working day. For more information see the Conditions for online applications.

Evaluation
The Fund will select a number of proposals for the fair presentation in conjunction with external advisers, basing their evaluation on the following criteria:
motivation for participation;
the degree to which the selection of projects represents the Dutch design sector;
the degree to which the project contributes to strengthening the image of the Dutch creative industries abroad;
the degree to which the project is distinctive in its artistic quality and presentational form.

Preference will be given to:
projects that involve unusual forms of collaboration or are focused on a group presentation.
proposals with a realistic budget, where possible justified by valid quotations.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender: several proposals will be prioritized within the available budget. The Fund's secretariat will contact the selected parties. The Fund will only communicate about the selected proposals; it will not enter into any correspondence about the rejection of individual proposals. A maximum of €200,000 is available for this Open Call.

Aims and objectives
With this Open Call, Creatives Industries Fund NL aims to showcase the excellent quality of the Dutch design sector in Milan. The Dutch Ministries of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and of Foreign Affairs (BuZa) commissioned the Fund to administer a programme that is specifically aimed at the internationalization of the creative industries, a scheme from which participation in the Salone del Mobile is being financed. This four-year programme has three key objectives:
strengthen the image of the Dutch design sector
establish and build sustainable collaborative relationships
expand the international sphere of activity of the Dutch design sector

Procedure
The Open Call procedure is described in the Fund's General Subsidy Regulations. The selected proposals will receive a grant from the Grant Programme for Internationalization. For questions about the Open Call and the application procedure, please contact Jasmijn van Weenen, Grant Officer for the Grant Programme for Internationalization, via j.vanweenen@stimuleringsfonds.nl or 010-4361600.

Further information:
To receive a grant you must be registered with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK). If that is not the case, then it is still possible to register subsequent to selection.
The Fund's secretariat can offer no advice regarding a draft proposal.
Applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by e-mail within a week after the closing date.
The selected proposals will be announced in week 50, by e-mail and in Creative Industries Fund NL's newsletter.