Award for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (NICE) > Open call

Under the leadership of the european centre for creative economy (ecce) the Award for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (NICE) was initiated in 2013 at the UNESCO World Heritage Zeche Zollverein in Essen in collaboration with 15 cities, universities and institutions from 10 nations. It aims to promote innovations from the cultural and creative industries, especially those that spill over into the wider economy and society. It is financed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The NICE award for 2019 is: Internationalisation for a Better World – A Call for Transformative Innovations. 

Innovations in international solutions driven by cultural and creative sectors can be innovative cooperations or projects, products, business models or even market creating structures. A special focus is given to innovations from the cultural and creative industries involving big data, open government, transparent governance and the well-being of local, regional and national stakeholders.

Who can apply?

· Individuals or entrepreneurs from the cultural and creative sectors, such as designers, architects, filmmakers, performing artists, game and app developers as well as visual artists and video artists

· Organisations such as profit and non-profit companies and public institutions or agencies, non-profit foundations or initiatives as well as research institutions from within the cultural and creative sectors

· Collaborative teams and networks, including those without a legal entity

· Former applicants may apply for the NICE Award as long as they submit a project which has not already been subject to an earlier application for the NICE Award.

Applicants must be based in one of the 28 member states of the European Union (EU 28), the candidate or potential candidate states to the European Union as of 2018 being Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.

What are eligible entries?

· Single projects that have been started or implemented between 01.01.2015 and by 31.07.2018.

· Governmental and citizen-based policies or actions which have been started or implemented between 01.01.2015 and by31.07.2018.

The projects must be carried out within the EU28 nations, the candidate or potential candidate countries to the European Union 

Applicants' Obligations and Costs

If an application gets shortlisted, the applicant(s) must ensure

his/her/their arrival on February 11 in Dortmund until 6 pm


his/her/their participation on February 12 2019 in Dortmund from 9 am to 10 pm, e.g. for the jury interviews, NICE Pitching Event, press talks as well as NICE Award Dinner and Ceremony.

Up to two hotel rooms from February 11 to 12 and 12 to 13 will be booked and paid for by ecce.

Travel costs can be partially refunded for two representatives of the shortlisted projects.

Benefits for NICE Award Nominees & Winners

• The winner of the NICE Award can get up to 20.000 Euros. The jury decides about the distribution of the award money on February 12 2019.

• All nominated participants get the chance to present their project on several occasions such as a Pitching events with the NICE members across Europe or Businesses across the State of North-Rhine Westphalia, the NICE Dinner & Ceremony and the NICE online presentation.

• ecce invites selected NICE nominees to a follow-up residency and collaborations in 2019 or 2020.

Deadline (extended): 14 October 2018

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