European Commission > Art and the Digital: Unleashing Creativity for European Industry, Regions and Society

The European Commission has launched a call for proposals that link existing and planned initiatives across Europe to develop synergies between the arts and digital technologies, boost uptake of the digital by local business, facilitate and enable sustainable urban development and social cohesion, and contribute to a humane dimension of technology.

The contention of the call is that, in order to enable such crossovers, it is necessary to support the creation of local centres across European regions that promote synergies between art and technology and to create a Europe-wide network of like-minded cities/regions willing to host such centres. Such ‘regional STARTS centres’ could form the core of a movement towards an art-inspired European approach to innovation. Consortia must contribute funds for grants to artist residencies and for artistic experiments. Proposals should build on existing STARTS initiatives and the two previous STARTS regional centre pilot projects but increase considerably the reach of STARTS beyond this existing base, in particular by including partners from member states not yet actively involved in STARTS.

Following selection, project activities are expected to start from 1 March 2021 at the latest. The Commission expects to fund one proposal with a total estimated contribution of 1,800,000 EUR. Applications must come from legal entities based in EU Member States.

Deadline: 30 October 2020

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