grants / open calls

Open Call Space for talent #5

The Creative Industries Fund NL invites architects, designers and makers to submit a proposal for research, experimentation or the development of new knowledge in collaboration with a lab, development site or workplace. By means of this open call, the Fund aims to enable designers to create an environment together with a partner, where joint experimenting, establishing new relationships and sharing knowledge are central. Deadline is Wednesday, 2 September 2020.

For the fifth and lastround of the Open Call Space for Talent, the Fund is making € 250,000 available. This allows 10 special collaborations to be supported.

set-up of the open call
The maximum contribution per project is € 25,000. A condition for support is that it concerns 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 industry or the business community.

Click here and here for previously supported projects.

The subsidy is divided into two parts: € 15,000 is reserved for the designer 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. You can find a proforma collaboration agreement here.


the designer/maker/architect has Dutch nationality or a practice registered in the Netherlands;
the partner is based in the Netherlands;
the designer acts as the coordinator, i.e. they submit the application on behalf of the collaborating parties;
a rationale from the designer that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the designer, and the added value of the project for the designer's development;
a letter of motivation/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;
the design and implementation of the project takes into account the limitations of the COVID-19 measures/the 1.5-metre-society.

no grant will be awarded to designers who are already receiving support under the Talent Development Grant Programme to execute their development plan.
organizations that receive subsidy on the basis of the Multi-year or One-year Activities Grant Programmes or from the BIS (National Basic Cultural Infrastructure) are not eligible for subsidy under this Open Call unless it concerns a new collaborative project that does not fall under the already supported programme.
an organization can be supported a maximum of two times under this grant programme. A designer can receive in total a maximum of one grant through the implementation of this open call.

The application can be submitted until Wednesday, 2 September 2020 at the latest via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. Select 'Grant Programme/Open Call' and then choose 'Space for Talent #5'.

N.B.: For this open call, it is not possible to submit a draft proposal to the Fund for advice.

The application consists of:
1. A project plan (max. 10 pages A4) containing:
a description of the activities;
a description of the collaboration and facilities;
aim and organization of the project;
the method of knowledge sharing between designer and partner;
intended results, addressing the way in which the project contributes to the development of your own professional and artistic practice;
a rationale for the choice of this partner by the designer;
a plan for presentation or knowledge sharing for third parties.
2. A letter of motivation/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.
3. Budget + planning: an overview of the partner's budgeted costs up to a maximum sum of € 10,000. An overview of the designer's budgeted costs up to a maximum sum of € 15,000. Planning of activities, including estimated hours involved. The Fund contributes a maximum of € 65 excl. VAT to the hourly rate of the applicant and the equivalent collaboration partner. As an indication: if the € 15,000 reserved for the designer is spent in its entirety on hours, the designer can work on the project for a maximum of 230 hours. A designer/partner can contribute their own unpaid hours or work for a lower hourly rate. If this is the case, the designer/partner must motivate this situation. For more information on fair compensation, the Fund refers you to the Fair Practice Code.
4. CVs of the parties involved: with relevant information about (working) experience relating to the intended project (max. 4 pages).
5. A portfolio from the designer and information about the partner (max. 15 A4 pages).
6. Proof of registration with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (no older than 1 year).

A committee of external advisers will be consulted for the evaluation of the applications. This panel will prioritize a number of proposals. Its evaluation will include the extent to which the proposal is in keeping with the aim of this Open Call.
Specifically, the following criteria will be addressed:
1. The quality and the expected development of the designer within the project; the committee also examines the investigative attitude of the designer. It considers the cohesion between question, purpose and set-up, and the way this is expressed in the project.
2. The quality of the partner and the form of the collaboration. The committee also looks at the facilities and expertise of the partner and whether these match the designer's question. It also considers the form of collaboration and knowledge sharing, and examines whether the collaboration goes further than the partner's regular practice.
3. The feasibility and viability of the project. For this aspect, the committee assesses the extent to which the structure and planning are realistic.
4. The relevance of the project. Here the committee looks at whether the project is distinctive. It pays specific attention to the positioning within the work field and/or themes to which the designer relates.

Each advisor evaluates each dossier individually on the basis of the above criteria. A five-point scale is used for this purpose:
1. poor;
2. moderate;
3. sufficient;
4. good;
5. very good.

N.B.: Criterion 1, the quality of the project and the expected development, will be given more weight in the evaluation.

N.B.: In the design and implementation of the project, take into account the limitations of the COVID-19 measures. We ask you to reflect on this in the proposal. In the evaluation, the feasibility and viability of the project in relation to the COVID-19 measures will be taken into account.

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. All applicants will be informed of the results of the open call. 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. For this Open Call, the following articles in these Regulations do not apply:
Article 5, paragraph 3 under a
Article 5, paragraph 4 under b
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

available budget
Creative Industries Fund NL is setting aside a maximum of € 250,000 for this Open Call. The maximum contribution per application is € 25,000, of which a maximum of € 10,000 is earmarked for the partner. The subsidy is intended for activities in the Netherlands that contribute to the artistic and/or professional development of designers from the creative industries. The selected proposals will receive a grant from a supplementary budget being provided by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) for talent development and workplaces in the creative industries.

The selection will be announced by the end of October at the latest, by e-mail and on the Fund's website. For specific questions about the Open Call and procedure, please contact Sharvin Ramjan at s.ramjan@stimuleringsfonds.nl or Carlijn Limburg at c.limburg@stimuleringsfonds.nl. Both can also be reached at 010-436 1600.