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Open call Space for Talent

The Creative Industries Fund NL invites architects, designers and makers to submit a proposal for research, an experiment or development of new knowledge within a practical environment, such as a lab, development site or workplace. With this call, the Fund aims to enable designers to create an environment together with a partner, where joint experimentation, the establishment of new relationships and the sharing of knowledge are central.


  • set-up of the call
    The Creative Industries Fund NL is making € 200,000 available for this open call. The maximum contribution per project is € 25,000. The conditions for support are that there is a new collaboration between a maker and a partner that is able to facilitate a practical environment. Depending on the project, the collaborations can vary in form. Examples are research (including material research) within a lab, a residency programme at a knowledge institute, a special collaboration with a development site or experimental research with a partner from the business community.

    The subsidy is divided into two parts: € 15,000 is reserved for the maker and € 10,000 for the partner’s facilities and knowledge. The amounts are granted under the conditions of a collaboration agreement that must be submitted no later than 4 weeks after the grant has been awarded. A format for the agreement follows after awarding.

    Conditions for eligibility for a contribution are:
    - the designer/maker/architect has Dutch nationality or a practice registered in the Netherlands;
    - the partner is based in the Netherlands;
    - a rationale from the designer that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the maker, and the added value of the project for the maker’s development;
    - motivation for the project, provided by the partner, that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the maker and the added value of the project for the partner. It also describes the duration and nature of the working period, the facilities, the knowledge and working environment being offered by the partner, the method of collaboration and the intended result;
    - there is no question of a regular commissioning relationship between the parties; and
    a form of knowledge-sharing relevant to the project is included at the end of the project.

    submission
    The application can be submitted until Wednesday 28 November 2018 at the latest via the Creative Industries Fund NL online application environment. Select the ‘Open Call' followed by 'Space for Talent round’.

    The application consists of:
    1. plan / description of the activities (max. 10 pages A4) which contains:
    a description of the activities to be carried out and the practical environment, including a plan with a form of knowledge-sharing with third parties relevant to the project;
    justification of how the project contributes to the development of your own professional and artistic practice;
    a rationale from the maker for choosing this partner;
    a rationale from the partner that gives insight into the relationship between the partner and the maker and the added value of the project for the partner. It also describes the duration and nature of the working period, the facilities, the knowledge and working environment being offered by the partner, the method of collaboration and the intended result;
    2. budget & planning: an overview of the partner’s budgeted costs up to a maximum amount of € 10,000’an overview of the maker/designer’s budgeted costs up to a maximum amount of € 15,000: the planning, including estimated hours involved;
    3. CVs of the parties involved: with relevant information about experience and work experience concerning the proposed project (max. 2 pages);
    4. the maker/designer’s portfolio and information about the partner (max. 10 pages A4); and
    5. an extract from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) register (dated within the last year).

    please note:
    If a submission fails to meet the requirements outlined above, no evaluation of the content can take place. 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 takes 1 working day at most. You will receive confirmation of receipt by e-mail one week after the closing date at the latest. To receive a grant you must be registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).

    A committee of external advisers is consulted for the evaluation of the application. It selects a number of proposals over the others. The proposal will be assessed to gauge the extent to which it meets the following objectives:
    promoting talent development: the project stimulates the further artistic or professional development of the individual talent;
    promoting artistic quality: the project is aimed at continuing, further developing and profiling one's own talent, while the designer in question is seen as an inspiring example for professional colleagues and audiences with wider interests.

    The committee specifically examines the following criteria:
    1. the quality of the designer's work;
    2. the extent to which the proposed plan contributes to the further artistic and professional development of the maker concerned;
    3. the quality of the planned approach and the degree of connection with the partner with whom the applicant wishes to implement the plan;
    4. the extent to which the proposal is consistent in objective, organization and expertise involved;
    5. to what extent there is a special collaboration that goes beyond the partner's regular practice; and
    6. the expected degree to which the plan will lead to an inspiring example for professional colleagues or an audience suitable for the project.

    The evaluation takes the form of a tender: within the available budget, a number of proposals will be chosen in preference to others. Where there are equally prioritized proposals, preference is given to proposals that contribute to the regional distribution of activities across the Netherlands. Subsequently, priority is given to proposals that contribute to the disciplinary spread.

    excluded from participation
    Designers who at the time of application are receiving support from the Grant Programme for Talent Development cannot apply within the context of this open call. Also excluded are research/residency places that are part of activity programmes being supported in the period 2019-2020 under the Grant Programme for Multi-year Programmes. Finally, institutions that already receive funding from the Basic Infrastructure for Culture (BIS), educational institutions or postgraduate institutions are not eligible for subsidy under this Open Call.

    available budget
    The Creative Industries Fund NL is making a maximum of € 200,000 available for this Open Call. The maximum contribution per application is € 25,000, of which a maximum of € 10,000 is for the partner. The subsidy is intended for activities in the Netherlands that contribute to the artistic and/or professional development of designers and makers from the creative industry. The selected proposals will receive a grant from a supplementary budget made available by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science for talent development and workplaces in the creative industry. The selection will be announced by e-mail and on the Fund's website at the end of December.

    for your information
    In March 2019, during ‘Bring it On’, the Fund is organizing a meeting with the selected proposals. The aim is to exchange knowledge and experiences and to make them public.
    For questions about the open call and procedure, please contact Marieke Ladru by e-mail or 010-436 1600 by telephone.