Open Call Different Approach to Housing

For research proposals from designers who want to work on current and future housing needs in the Netherlands in collaboration with local or regional stakeholders and experts.



€ 30,000

max application amount first phase

€ 450,000

budget first phase

Important information

what is this open call’s objective?

The Netherlands faces a complex housing challenge. How can this challenge be tackled in terms of sustainability, inclusion and based on current and future housing needs? With this open call, we are enabling designers to work on an integral approach to current and future housing issues in collaboration with governments, organizations, experts and civilians.

This open call contributes to the implementation of the Spatial Design Action Programme 2021-2024.

who is this open call intended for?

Proposals can be submitted by designers who enter into a collaboration with local or regional stakeholders and experts: from municipalities, area developers, housing corporations, social initiatives, market participants and heritage experts to cooperative housing associations, owners’ associations and other resident collectives.

which projects are eligible for a grant?

This open call is open to projects which develop innovative perspectives, strategies and solutions for the housing challenge in the Netherlands, based on research by design.

Project proposals link up with one or more of the design challenges:
- Which other, sustainable and inclusive, housing concepts can be developed that meet current and future housing needs and along with that stimulate the housing market?
- Which integral problem-solving approaches can be formulated to contribute to the development of inclusive, adaptive and sustainable neighbourhoods?
- How can design assist local and regional governments and market participants in redefining existing policy and/or developing a widely supported, sustainable and inclusive housing policy?

The design challenges and the term ‘research by design’ are further explained in the Open Call Different Approach to Housing.

what phases does this open call have?

The Open Call Different Approach to Housing is divided into:

start-up phase

The start-up phase is optional. This phase gives applicants the scope to enter into collaborations and prepare an application. There are sixteen start-up grants of a maximum of € 5,000 available. The assessment takes place in order of receipt. So, do not wait too long to apply for a start-up grant. This is open up to and including 1 February 2022.

first phase

This phase focuses on research by design, strengthening new cooperative ventures with sectors outside the creative industry and introducing new working methods, new insights and design proposals. In the first phase, fifteen proposals of a maximum of € 30,000 can be supported. During the first phase, a number of intervision meetings will be held.

follow-up phase

After the first phase, the participants selected can apply for a maximum of € 40,000 for a follow-up phase, so that the power of design can be engaged to continue developing the results obtained from the research in the first phase.

impact phase

At the end of the follow-up phase, there is scope for six projects to enhance the impact of that project, with a maximum amount of € 7,500 per project available.

Selection in the first phase does not guarantee selection for the follow-up phases.

how do you prepare an application?

In order to prepare the application, it is important to acquire the right information based on the following documents:

Grant Application Guidelines
The Grant Application Guidelines provide guidance and tips on preparing a grant application. You can use it to draw up your application as completely as possible.

Open Call Different Approach to Housing
Applications are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Different Approach to Housing, which describes the reason and objective, design challenges, phases, criteria and procedures.

Open Call Grant Scheme
Applications are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Grant Scheme, which describes the general conditions, grounds for rejection, manner of publication, submission procedure, assessment, the award and any grant obligations.

what is assessed?

Applications are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Different Approach to Housing and the Open Call Grant Scheme.

assessment criteria
- the relevance of the issue
- the quality of the plan of action
- the extent of any innovation
- the relevance and expertise of the parties involved
- the manner of knowledge sharing in terms of results and interim results.

what happens to your application?

When you have submitted your application, the Fund Desk will check if your application complies with the formal requirements of the Open Call Grant Scheme.

An independent advisory committee will assess your application on the basis of the Open Call Grant Scheme and Open Call Different Approach to Housing. The committee advises the Fund's Board.

The Board takes account of the committee's advice in its decision on the rejection or provision of the grant. You will be notified about the result in a decision.

If you receive a grant from the Fund, then you will have to comply with the obligations. Two weeks before the conclusion of your project, you will be asked by email to submit your accountability form in the application environment.


Open Call Different Approach to Housing
Open Call Grant Scheme
Grant Application Guidelines

How to achieve a convincing application?

Steps to take

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do you have any questions?

If some of the information is not clear, email your question to Nazanin Hedayati, grant coordinator Spatial Design Action Programme, or Martijn Kerkmeijer, grant officer Spatial Design Action Programme. You can also call on 010 436 16 00. If you have a more general question, have a look at our frequently asked questions first.