We are looking for cultural and creative solutions to the world ́s major challenges of our time, such as climate change, healthcare, urban development and new working environments. Apply now for the N.I.C.E. Award 2016 – there’s €20,000 of prize money to be allocated!

Individuals and organisations from the cultural and creative sectors can apply for the N.I.C.E. Award until 12 May 2016. Based in the Ruhr region, Germany, this European innovation prize has a total of €20,000 to award cultural and creative projects and research initiatives. We are looking for innovative projects that contribute to solving the global challenges and issues of our time.

The motto of the N.I.C.E. Award 2016 is “Solving the World’s Major Challenges – A Call for Innovations”. The award supports innovative projects (including projects that have already been implemented and others that are still at the planning stage) and research ideas/projects that are attempting to find pioneering, experimental solutions to the global problems of our time. Culture and creativity are needed more than ever to master challenges in fields such as urban development, migration, new working environments and social or digital innovations.

The N.I.C.E. Award is open to applications from individuals and/or teams, self-employed professionals and entrepreneurs, companies, public organisations and non-profit initiatives from across Europe that operate in the culture and creative industries.

NICE Award 2016

NICE Award 2016; A call for Innovations of cultural and creative solutions to the world’s major challenges of our time.

An independent panel of judges chaired by the internationally renowned urban planning researcher and author Charles Landry will select an initial shortlist of up to 15 submissions. The Ruhr region will be represented on the panel by Prof. Kurt Mehnert, President of Folkwang University of the Arts. These submissions will be presented to an audience of specially selected representatives from the worlds of business and culture at a special dinner event and this year’s Forum d’Avignon Ruhr, which is being held on 24/25 August 2016.

Following interviews with the nominees, the judges will select the winners on 24 August 2016, and will decide how to allocate the €20,000 of prize money provided by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry and the Cities of Bochum, Dortmund, Essen and Gelsenkirchen. The winners of the N.I.C.E. Award will then be presented on 25 August 2016 by Garrelt Duin, North Rhine-Westphalia’s Minister for Economic Affairs, marking one of the highlights of the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr.

For more information about the N.I.C.E. Award or to apply online, please visit our website.

In 2015, 213 projects from 29 countries were submitted for the N.I.C.E. Award.

The N.I.C.E. Award is an initiative by the “Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe” (N.I.C.E.), which was launched in Dortmund in 2013 by the European Centre for Creative Economy (ECCE) with the backing of a consortium of 15 partners from ten countries. For more information, please visit: www.nice-europe.eu


Inna Goudz
Project Management Europe

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