Art&D program

The Art&D call for 2013 was launched on November 7, during the Art&D Day. 


All info on this call can be found here. For the pdf version, click here


In view of the increasing importance of the creative aspects of technology innovation, and our belief that the development of a real and lasting competitive advantage lies in the integration of research, industry and creativity, iMinds has created the Art&D program. This program means to connect people and knowledge, artists, designers and researchers, and should result in a mutually beneficial experience.


What is the Art&D program?

As a research institute, we also wish to encourage artists and designers to use research in their work, and we expect that this will lead to new ideas, new research, a valuable artistic result and a broader (outside the research community) understanding of each others research questions, methods and approaches. We realize, however, that adapting or creating research, and learning how to work with technology and exploring its possibilities for artistic projects is a time- and money consuming enterprise.

The Art&D program will provide a grant to a number of projects that are sufficiently innovating, have creative potential and explicitly encourage interaction between artists/designers and researchers. This grant can be used for research and the development of a prototype of an installation, performance,…. It is specifically meant to cover the efforts involved in researching/adapting/creating/… the technology needed.

The Art&D program is a yearly program of project grants for artists and designer (individuals or collectives) for projects that include ICT research (and collaboration with researchers) as a core element.

  • Grants amount: minimum 10.000€ - maximum 50.000€ per project, providing for the artists fee, equipment, and the payment of the researchers work (commissioned and paid for by iMinds). A maximum budget of 200.000 € will be allocated.
  • Duration of the project: maximum 10 months, starting on March 1st 2013
  • The program is open for collaboration with international artist(s)
  • The level of interaction during the project with iMinds and its researchers will be an important evaluation criterion; therefore we encourage all proposals to pay sufficient attention to this in their proposals. If the project is partly executed in residency at the iMinds (at the central offices and the research groups) this is considered as a plus.

Focus and theme

iMinds focuses on ICT, more specifically on software related research (video, image analysis and compression, 3D, wired and wireless networking, distributed software, metadata, security, …). Take a look at our website ( for a more detailed picture. It goes without saying that projects submitted in the Art&D call should relate to the iMinds activities in one way or another. As stated, iMinds covers a pretty broad spectrum of ICT, but we don’t develop nanotech, new vegetable species or robotic arms.

Each Art&D call focuse on a specific theme: 


Who can apply?

Artists from all nationalities can apply, and will be paired with iMinds researchers. Take a look at the past projects and expertise description here. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an experience in developing artistic projects that is on par with the funds requested.

There are no further restrictions, but we would like to point out the demand for interaction with researchers, which means that the applicant should have sufficient time at his/her disposal, and will need to reside in Belgium during at least part of the project.


What do you need to apply?

  • Think of a brilliant artistic concept that uses and/or develops innovative ICT and fits the theme of the current Art&D call.
  • Write and submit a one page pitch for evaluation by the Art&D jury.
  • If you are one of the 8 pitches selected by the jury, we will help to match you with researchers. 
  • Write and submit a full proposal (in cooperation with the researchers) based on the template provided. The template will soon be available on this page

The pitch

The pitches will be evaluated by an independent, interdisciplinary jury. They will be evaluating the pitches based on the following criteria:

  • How does the proposal relate to the topic of the Open Call?
  • How innovative is the idea?
  • Artistic/creative potential of the work
  • Feasibility of the idea in the Art&D timeframe

From all submitted pitches, 8 will be selected and asked to proceed with writing a full proposal.

There is NO TEMPLATE FOR THE PROJECT PITCH. However: please limit the pitch to one page (limit = 3000 characters incl. spaces, images do not count and are welcomed). You should also provide information about yourself and previous projects. This does not count towards the one page limit. Keep in mind that the jury needs to read all the info. They respect and appreciate brevity.


The full project proposal

A proposal template will be made available to the submitters of the 8 selected pitches. The full proposals will be evaluated by the same jury that evaluated the pitches, based on the submitted document and the presentation by the team (researcher + artist/designer).

They will be evaluating the proposals based on the following criteria:

  1. How innovating is the full proposal?
  2. Artistic/creative potential of the project
  3. Quality of the project plan and budget
  4. Level of interaction and collaboration between researchers and artists
  5. Proposed deliverables at the end of the project

Besides submitting a proposal document, the researchers and artist(s) will also be asked to present their project to the jury. 

Based on the presentations, the jury will recommend two or three projects to the iMinds Board. 


Other important stuff

  • Does the grant cover artistic development?
    Yes. The grant is meant to cover artistic and technology development. It gives artists and designers the chance to learn about the technology, experiment with it, learn its limits and possibilities and adapt it to a level where it is usable in a performance, an installation, …. It also provides funds for researchers to develop new technology or expand their existing innovative research to cover the needs of the project.
  • What can I include in the cost?
    The cost covers everything you deem necessary for the project. . It provides for the artists fee, the equipment (in general to be purchased by iMinds) and the payment of the researchers work (commissioned and paid for by iMinds) . This includes software, hardware, your own cost of living and the cost of the efforts of the iMinds researcher you’re cooperating with. You can of course use other resources available to you to fund part of the project (e.g. if you have hardware left over from other projects, or if you have travel funding from your national government, or if you plan to cover your cost of living yourself, or if there are other people working on the project for free). Please indicate clearly the expenses you want iMinds to cover, while at the same time giving a clear overview of the total project cost and effort, so we can take this into account when discussing feasibility. Some of the hardware you might need (servers, different wireless network routers, …) are available in our own testlab, and can be temporarily used. However, if you need hardware to be dedicated to the project and you plan on continuing using it after the project, you should specify it as an explicit cost.
  • Once my pitch is selected, how can I find a researcher willing to cooperate with me on my project?
    iMinds will distribute your request to our contacts in the research groups, who have a view of the individual work and interests of the researchers, and will actively try to match artists and researchers. If there is a match, we can then provide contact details, and you can take it from there. If no researchers are found within iMinds, we will collaborate with research groups outside iMinds and try to match artists with noniMinds researchers. Yes, there is a faint possibility that there is no-one interested in the proposal. In that case, your project will not be admitted to the jury presentation. Look at it as a motivation to be interesting, challenging, visionary….
  • What about ownership?
    The artist(s) or designer will remain the owner of their creation(s), but will grant to iMinds a license to use and reproduce (for example using video, photo,…) the creations for iMinds purposes of the execution, dissemination and valorisation of the technological research. In return, the artist(s) get(s) a non transferable and personalized right to use the technology created by iMinds in the execution of the project and subsequent artistic creations for an agreed period of time. This will be laid down in the final agreement between the artist and iMinds.
  • What other rights does the iMinds want?
    Well, we want to be able to communicate about your collaboration with the iMinds. We also want to show the outside world what the results are, and maybe show some parts of the work-in-progress as well. In short: we want the right to use a description of the project, combined with images and videos of the project, for the purpose of information, communication and promotion. Depending on the type work, we might also want to use it as a more permanent exhibition piece.
  • Once the project is finished, what then?
    We would like to showcase the project at least once, to show people the results of the Art&D call. This could take place in 2013 of 2014, or after completion of the project, depending on the timing of the projects. After the project, you are of course free (and even encouraged) to further develop the artistic concept. For this, we would like to refer to existing funding channels (such as the “Vlaams kunstendecreet”, if you are a resident of Flanders). 
  • Can the budget change during the project, is it flexible?
    Of course, a budget is never completely accurate, and conditions can change in the course of the project. Projects can request a budget shift to the iMinds during the project.
  • Are there any reporting needs?
    Yes. We will of course be asking that you maintain an overview of your budget at all times, and you must deliver a short status report every 3 months. At the end of the project, each project will submit a final report detailing the results and the experience of the project. This should be submitted by December 31st 2013. 
  • Is iMinds the same organization as IBBT?
    Yes, we changed our name in October 2012 to better reflect our mission and activities. iMinds puts the people in the spotlight, bringing together bright minds across industries. 
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