European Commission STARTS Initiative

STARTS prize invited creators and researchers to submit projects that focus on the ICT sector and the art and culture. Winning projects will receive €20,000. Initiatives can focus on new media applications, machine learning, art & science, etc. The deadline is on Wednesday 3rd March 2021.

STARTS is an initiative of the European Commission to foster alliances of technology and artistic practice.

As part of this initiative, the STARTS Prize awards the most pioneering collaborations and results in the field of creativity and innovation at the crossings of science and technology with the arts.

The competition focuses on artistic works that influence or change the way we look at technology, and on innovative forms of collaboration between the IT sector and the world of art and culture.

Two prizes, each with €20,000 prize money, are offered.

Among others, projects from the areas of new media applications, human computer interaction, machine learning, biotechnology, art & science, green technologies, material research, smart cities and citizen empowerment, robotics, quantum technology and many more are welcome to apply.

The deadline is on Wednesday 3rd March 2021.


Main Criteria

Artists, creative professionals, researchers, or companies are eligible to apply.

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the artistic research and its potential influence on technology
  • Quality and success of the collaboration between art and technology
  • Quality and intensity of the connection to innovation, education, social inclusion or sustainability

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