The submission deadline has been extended for another two weeks to 14 October 2018! OPEN CALL 2019 – NICE Award 2019 “Internationalisation for a Better World – A Call for Transformative Innovations”

OPEN CALL 2019 – NICE Award 2019 “Internationalisation for a Better World – A Call for Transformative Innovations”

The submission deadline has been extended for another two weeks to 14 October 2018!


Under the leadership of the european centre for creative economy (ecce) the Award for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (NICE) was initiated in 2013 at the UNESCO World Heritage Zeche Zollverein in Essen in collaboration with 15 cities, universities and institutions from 10 nations. It aims to promote innovations from the cultural and creative industries, especially those that spill over into the wider economy and society. It is financed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Internationalisation today affects all sectors of our everyday life – today and in the future especially in its inevitable connection to digitisation. It offers new opportunities and empowerment to cities and citizens alike as much as it creates new challenges to tackle and skills to learn. Innovations and inventions from the cultural and creative sectors have been at the forefront of internationalisation – traditionally music, film or literature and now lately immersive virtual reality, 3D printing and design. In 2017 the European Commission launched the Cultural Diplomacy Platform: cultural and creative institutions and entrepreneurs are now recognised as a vital part even of international relations.

We believe that the stakeholders from the cultural and creative sectors – as well as entrepreneurs and companies, public institutions, other professionals and researchers – are essential actors in shaping a better society. Thus the NICE Award 2019 invites individuals, teams and organisations from the cultural and creative sectors to propose surprising and experimental solutions for shaping an international society to improve our world.


Focus 2019

Innovations in international solutions driven by the cultural and creative sectors can be innovative cooperation or projects, products, business models or even market-creating structures. A special focus is given to innovations from the cultural and creative industries involving big data, open government, transparent governance and the well-being of local, regional and national stakeholders.


Who can apply?

  • Individuals or entrepreneurs from the cultural and creative sectors, such as designers, architects, filmmakers, performing artists, game and app developers, visual artists and video artists
  • Organisations such as profit and non-profit companies and public institutions or agencies, non-profit foundations or initiatives as well as research institutions from the cultural and creative sectors
  • Collaborative teams and networks, including those without a legal entity
  • Former applicants may apply for the NICE Award as long as they submit a project that has not already been submitted for the award.


Applicants must be based in one of the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU 28) or candidate or potential candidate states of the European Union as of 2018 (Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, FYR Macedonia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo). See: europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/countries_en


What are eligible entries?

  • Single projects which were started or implemented between 1 January 2015 and 31 July 2018
  • Governmental and citizen-based policies or actions which were started or implemented between 1 January 2015 and 31 July 2018

The projects must have been carried out in EU28 nations or candidate or potential candidate countries to the European Union (see europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/countries_en).

In order to take part, applicants must add a short promotional film (max. 3 minutes) to the application giving an insight into the project and/or idea. This can be an existing (if necessary re-edited) or newly produced film.

It is obligatory that the film:

  • be in English or provide legible English subtitles;
  • include a ‘title page’ with name of the project, the name of the applicant/submitter, the city, the country and the year of realisation of the project/policy/activity;
  • end with all credits.

By submitting a video weblink, the applicant grants ecce consent to the videos being published, viewed and assessed by ecce and the jury appointed by ecce.

The film must be suitable for presentation a) at the NICE Award ceremony as an introduction to the submission to the audience and/or b) online on www.e-c-c-e.com.

The film standard must be 1080 p resolution, in mp4, avi or mov format.


How to apply: online submission

The online application form must be completed in English. In addition to the submission form you must add complementary material such as JPEG and (optionally) PDF. Please follow the instructions of the form carefully. Your application will only be accepted if filled in correctly and completely.

FIND THE APPLICATION FORM HERE (https://www.e-c-c-e.de/nice-award/nice-award-application-form-2018.html)


Application and selection procedures: deadlines

The deadline for online submissions is 30 September 2018 (midnight).

Up to 10 projects will be nominated for the NICE Award 2019. These will constitute the NICE Award Shortlist 2019 and be presented during the NICE Award Executive Dinner and Ceremony.

The applicants shortlisted by the jury will be informed by 15 November 2018.

On 12 February 2019, between 9:00 and 14:00, the jury will select the winners from the shortlist by interviewing all nominees in Dortmund, Germany.


Applicants’ obligations and costs

  • If an application is shortlisted, the applicant(s) must ensure their arrival in Dortmund by 18:00 on 11 February and their availability in Dortmund from 9:00-22:00 on 12 February 2019, e.g. for jury interviews, the NICE Pitching Event, press talks and the NICE Award Dinner and Ceremony.
  • Up to two hotel rooms will be booked and paid for by ecce for 11 & 12 February (two nights).
  • Travel costs can be partially reimbursed for two representatives of the shortlisted projects.


Benefits for NICE Award nominees & winners

  • The winner of the NICE Award could receive up to 20,000 euros. The jury will decide on the distribution of the award’s prize fund on 12 February 2019.
  • All nominated participants will get the chance to present their project on several occasions, such as Pitching events with NICE members from across Europe or businesses from the state of North-Rhine Westphalia, the NICE Dinner & Ceremony and the NICE online presentation.
  • ecce will invite selected NICE nominees to follow-up residency and collaboration events in 2019 or 2020.