Open Call Research, Act & Reflect

For grassroots platforms, collectives and organizations whose activities around decolonization, gender diversity, social justice, anti-racism, emancipation of marginalized groups or the intersection of these topics contribute to a diverse and inclusive creative industry.


closing date passed

€ 50,000

maximum amount to apply for

€ 300,000


Important information

what is this open call’s objective?

With this open call, the Fund stimulates activities focussed on strengthening marginalized voices. The activities enrich the creative industry through their plurality of perspectives and the promotion of equal opportunities. In this regard, we will be looking at: Which visions and stories are still being missed in the pursuit of a more diverse and inclusive design sector? What role can design play in the debate about systematic inequality? How can the imagination of young people and starting makers be used for these themes and enhanced? The programmes or projects zoom in on areas of the Fund that have been somewhat neglected and are aimed at broadening and adding depth to the creative industry.

This is the third and last time the Incentive Fund is launching this call. View activities supported through previous editions of this open call here.

who is this open call for?

Platforms, organizations or collectives that are related to the fields of design, architecture or digital culture can apply. Parties that are being incorporated or whose incorporation is part of the programme are also welcome to apply. Applications will not be assessed on the basis of previously organized activities and obtained results. In this way, we can offer a level playing field for new grassroots initiatives without a track record.

who cannot apply?
Parties that already have a structural grant relationship with the Dutch government (Basic Infrastructure, BIS) or that are being supported under the Four-year Institutional Grant Scheme, the 1- and 2-year Activities Programme Grant Scheme or organizations that are receiving support from the Fund under the Open Call Platforms for design based learning may not submit an application.

which projects are eligible for a grant?

The form of the activities that can be applied for is unrestricted. For example, online/offline presentations, an open call, performances, debates, publications, podcasts or other kinds of manifestations. Activities could be reflective or contemplative, aimed at talent development or, for example, developing new creative expressions. All forms are possible, as long as they can be linked to design and the above-mentioned topics and the results will be made accessible to the public. The activities must be started within four months of the date of the decision. The project or programme duration should be one year at most.

You can find examples of projects that have previously been supported within this open call here.

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 them to draw up your application as completely as possible.

Open Call Research, Act & Reflect
Applications are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Research, Act & Reflect #3, which describes the reason and objective, design challenges, phases, criteria and procedures.

Open Call Grant Scheme
Applications are also 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. For this open call, the following articles of this grant scheme are not applicable: article 4(1)(c), article 5(1)(b) and article 8(6).

what is assessed?

An independent committee makes a selection from the proposals submitted, and pays attention to:

- the relevance of the theme or issue;
- the artistic or reflective ambition of the project;
- the extent to which the theme is translated effectively into a programme and the right community.

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 the Open Call Research, Act & Reflect #3. 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.


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 Sharvin Ramjan or Chloë Neeleman. 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.