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Open Call Space for Talent #2

Do you see opportunities for research, experiment or development of new knowledge in collaboration with a practical environment, such as a lab, development site or workplace? With the Space for Talent Open 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. Submit your proposal by Wednesday 8 May 2019 at the latest.


This open call has ended.

This could involve collaboration with a workplace or lab, but also, for example, an occasional collaboration with a team of scientists or with a producer who is pursuing innovation. Together the partnership works on issues that transcend their day-to-day practice/design practice. For instance, the use of sensors within 3D textile structures or the structural quality of bamboo. The call is intended for young or established designers, makers and architects. The aim is to create valuable new connections between the design field and social professionals, in addition to the artistic and professional development of the participating designers.

set-up of the Open Call
The Creative Industries Fund NL is making € 150,000 available for this open call. The maximum contribution per project is a standard € 25,000. The conditions for support are that there is a new collaboration between a designer and a partner that makes an intrinsic contribution and facilitates the project. 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.

Click here for an overview of previously supported Space for Talent projects.

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 sums are granted under the condition that there is a collaboration agreement, which must be submitted no later than 4 weeks after the grant has been awarded.

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;
a declaration of intent from the partner that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the designer and the added value of the project for the partner. It also describes the duration and nature of the working period, the facilities, knowledge and working environment that the partner offers, the manner of collaboration and the intended result;
there is no question of a commissioning-client relationship between the parties;
a form of knowledge-sharing or presentation relevant to the project is included at the end of the project.

submission
The application can be submitted until Wednesday 8 May 2019 at the latest via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. Select 'Grant Programme/Open Call' and then 'Space for Talent'.
The application consists of:
1. A project plan (max. 10 A4 pages) containing:
a description of the parties involved;
purpose and set-up of the project;
the manner of knowledge-sharing between maker and partner;
the intended results, where the way in which the project contributes to the development of the maker's own professional and artistic practice is discussed;
a rationale from the maker for choosing this partner;
a plan for presentation or knowledge-sharing for third parties.
2. A declaration of intent from 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, knowledge and working environment that the partner offers, the manner of collaboration and the intended result.
3. budget + planning: an overview of the partner's budgeted costs up to a maximum sum of € 10,000; an overview of the maker/designer's budgeted costs up to a maximum sum of € 15,000; the planning of activities, including estimated hours involved.
4. CVs of the parties involved: with relevant information about experience and work experience concerning the proposed project (max. 2 pages);
5. the maker/designer's portfolio and information about the partner (max. 15 A4 pages); and
6. an extract from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) register (dated within the last year).

evaluation
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 evaluated 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 project, i.e. the expectation of the extent to which the project will contribute to the further development of the maker(s) involved;
2. the quality of the collaboration and the exchange of knowledge, i.e. the extent to which there is a reciprocal relationship between the partner and the applicant;
3. the expectation of the extent to which the project will lead to an inspiring example.

Proposals will be evaluated with particular regard to the purpose of the project, its set-up, the expertise involved, the way knowledge is shared and consistency between these components.

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. Institutions that are receiving subsidy under the Grant Programme for Multi-year Programmes may be eligible for support under this Open Call, provided it concerns a new research/residency place that is not in any way part of the already-supported activities programme. Finally, an organization can be supported a maximum of two times under this grant programme. A maker may receive only one grant within the provisions of this Open Call.

available budget
The Creative Industries Fund NL is making a maximum of € 150,000 available for this Open Call. The maximum contribution per application is € 25,000, of which a maximum of € 10,000 is for the partner.

selection
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 half of July. The closing date for the next round is on Wednesday 11 September 2019.

If you have any questions about the Open Call and the procedure, please contact Marieke Ladru per e-mail at m.ladru@stimuleringsfonds.nl or by telephone at 010-436 1600.