The prestigious STARTS Prize has just announced its 2021 call for proposals. Initially set for 3 March, the deadline for submissions has been extended to 15 March. The winning entries will be exhibited at BOZAR in the autumn.


Every year, the European Commission’s STARTS Prize presents innovative projects that live at the intersection of science, technology and the arts, and make a contribution to ecological, economic or social innovation. Scientists, technological innovators, artists, institutions, laboratories and companies are invited to submit their projects for the 2021 STARTS Prize before 15 March. Full information is available on the project’s website.


Launched by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, the STARTS initiative (Science + Technology + ARTS) strives to create new forms of collaboration between research, technology and the arts in order to effectively implement a European approach to technological innovation that is centred on human values and needs. Such innovation is considered to be precisely what’s called for if we’re to master the social, ecological and economic challenges that Europe will face in the near future. For this STARTS Prize initiative, the European Commission’s focus is on projects and people that can make meaningful contributions to this effort.


Candidates must propose innovative works, at the intersection of science, technology and art, that contribute to scientific and social innovation. In addition to the STARTS trophies, winners will receive an award of 20,000 euros, and will take part in the Ars Electronica Festival next September (Linz), in an exhibition, in various events at BOZAR and Waag (Amsterdam), and more.


Try your luck and note the key dates for the 2021 awards:

- deadline for application: 15 March

- jury meeting: 23-25 April

- winner announcement: mid-June

- exhibition at Ars Electronica Festival: 8-12 September

- BOZAR exhibition: 25 September - 24 October.


The STARTS Prize 2021 is supported by Ars Electronica, BOZAR, Waag, and, for the first time, French Tech Grande Provence, INOVA+, T6 Ecosystems, and the Frankfurt Book Fair.