Applications Invited for Synergies: Support for Research-Based Programmes
Organization: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Apply By: 02 Oct 2023
Grant Amount: 165765 USD
About the Organization
Pro Helvetia is mandated by the Swiss Confederation to promote artistic creation in Switzerland, contribute to cultural exchange at home, promote the dissemination of Swiss culture abroad and foster cultural outreach. We make our own independent decisions about what we promote. We are a foundation under public law, entirely funded by the federal government.
Pro Helvetia support projects in different ways: on the basis of applications, via our network of cultural centres and liaison offices, within the framework of our own programmes and through information and promotional materials.
About the Grant
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is looking to support research-based and process-oriented programmes that foster exchange between art, science and technology involving organisations in Switzerland and across the world.
From hackathons to fellowships, from residencies to think tanks – the Synergies open call offers support of CHF 20,000 – CHF 150,000 for international collaborations and encourages programmes which spark new approaches, methodologies and connect knowledge from different contexts.
If the following applies to your envisioned programme, it fits the open call:
- You are looking for a frame in which you can test, build and further develop research- and process-oriented formats at the intersection of art, science and technology.
- Your programme enables meaningful international collaboration, besides developing and strengthening new and existing networks between art, science and technology.
- Your programme is aimed at artistic and cultural practitioners through activities such as networking, residencies, research and exchange formats.
The support is allotted to the conceptualisation, creation and implementation of the programme. This may include artists’ fees, travel costs, material costs, etc. Infrastructural costs (building, renting, etc.) and operational costs (salaries, insurances, etc.) of the organisations will not be supported.
Who can Apply
Proposals must be jointly submitted by a minimum of two organisations. The collaboration must consist of a Swiss arts or cultural organization with one or more partners from around the world. These can be, for example: music and exhibition venues, dance companies, literature platforms, cultural spaces or established networks and platforms.
Applying organisations must have a convincing track record and the necessary experience in working at the intersection of art, science and technology. We support various definitions of “art”, “science” and “technology” according to different geographical contexts and the plurality of knowledge systems.
To help applicants find a partner organisation as well as inspiration, they are invited to consult the online «Art, Science and Technology Directory», initiated by Pro Helvetia, where they can browse organisations worldwide.
- Each collaboration involves at least one Swiss artistic or cultural organisation.
- The activities are planned over a period of 1-2 years (starting earliest in March 2024).
- The proposed programme is situated at the intersection of art, science and technology.
- All organisations invest and contribute accordingly to their size, abilities and regional contexts (contributions can include overhead costs, infrastructure, accommodation, network, visibility, advice, etc.).
- A significant part of the proposed programme is open to the public (for example public events, showcasing, online presence, etc.).
- The proposed programme has a clear impact on the Swiss artistic and cultural scene.
- The programme involves artistic disciplines supported by Pro Helvetia.
How to Apply
One partner per programme hands in the application until October 2, 2023.
Applications must be in English and submitted exclusively via the portal myprohelvetia.ch. Only complete applications will be considered.
Applications must contain the following:
- A concept outlining the aims, format, content, and implementation of the programme specifying the milestones and the intended impact
- Information about all participating organisations: role in the programme, investment in the programme, responsible persons, involved artists, etc.
- Signed letter of intent of all participating organisations
- A budget and financing plan (with detailed information about the financial contributions of the partners) incl. specification of the amount requested from Pro Helvetia; The maximum total grant per programme is CHF 150,000 and cannot exceed 50% of the total budget.
- Additional relevant documents (e.g. documentation of past projects, media reports, etc.)
Corresponding costs for ecologically responsible use of resources and protection of the environment (for example, expert advice for emission reduction, environmentally compatible alternatives, CO2 compensation) can be included in the programme budget.
A jury will be appointed to assess the submitted applications. All applicants will be contacted latest by February 2024.
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