STARTS Prize 2020 – Call for Applications

Deadline: 2 March 2020
Open to: artists & creative professionals or researchers involved from throughout the world
Benefits: prize up to EUR 20,000


Science, Technology and Arts (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 STARTS Prize of the European Commission is launched by Ars Electronica, BOZAR and Waag. It forms a nexus with an extraordinarily high potential for creative innovation. Accordingly, the STARTS Prize focuses on artistic works that influence or change the way we look at technology, and on innovative forms of collaboration between the ICT sector and the world of art and culture.


Artists, creative professionals or the researchers and companies involved from throughout the world can apply for this prize. Also, it is not limited to citizens of EU-member states only.

Recommendations through international advisors: 15 international advisors who have reputation and credibility in the field will recommend projects and help to encourage wider ranges of participants as well as a geographical and gender balance. These recommended projects will be contacted by the organizers and asked to submit their project via the submission platform. So the same process and deadlines will be applied as for the open submissions. The international advisors serve as facilitators to identify relevant works and projects during the submission process. However, they will not be part of the jury meeting and therefore will not have voting rights.


Two prizes, each with EUR 20,000 prize money, are offered to honor innovative projects at the intersection of science, technology and the arts: one for artistic exploration, and thus projects with the potential to influence or change the way technology is deployed, developed or perceived, and one for innovative collaboration between industry/technology and art/culture in ways that open up new paths for innovation.

  1. Grand Prize – Artistic Exploration Awarded for artistic exploration and art works where appropriation by the arts has a strong potential to influence or alter the use, deployment or perception of technology.
  2. Grand Prize – Innovative Collaboration Awarded for innovative collaboration between industry or technology and the arts that opens new pathways for innovation.

How to Apply?

Before submitting, an applicant must know that every submitted project must be, at the time of its submission, either totally completed or far enough along for the jury to be able to assess its quality and the likelihood of it being successfully implemented. The same applies to collaborative arrangements — at the time they’re submitted, they must already be up-and-running and in the implementation stage. No consideration will be given to entries that are purely concepts, ideas or proposals for collaboration. In addition, projects should not be older than two years or have to show a significant update or further development within the last two years. There is no fee to enter the STARTS Prize 2020 competition.

For more information how to apply, please visit the official call.