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Transdisciplinary research and production grants

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Application deadline:

1 March 2023



Gianna Conrad
Innovation & Society Specialist


Artists and cultural practitioners should have the opportunity to respond to current social transformations, even beyond disciplinary funding, to actively shape the associated developments and to engage with disciplines outside the arts in their artistic practice.

As of 2021, Pro Helvetia is awarding grants for transdisciplinary research and production projects twice a year. The grants are aimed at artists and cultural practitioners who have Swiss citizenship or permanent residence in Switzerland and who are present on the Swiss art and cultural scene. This support will enable them to work on a new project at the interface of artistic and non-artistic disciplines (such as biology, medicine, technology, sociology, anthropology, etc.). Both established artists and cultural practitioners as well as young talents are eligible to submit a project.

Who is eligible to apply?

Arts and culture practitioners who are Swiss or who are permanently resident in Switzerland. Projects submitted must involve active collaboration by three or more persons from various disciplines (of which at least one must be outside the arts). Further conditions are independent and proven professional practice with transregional recognition and completed professional education. Arts and culture practitioners who apply must be working in a discipline promoted by Pro Helvetia.

What is supported?

Project contributions towards research or production are granted up to a maximum amount of CHF 25,000. The contribution can cover all the costs necessary for conducting the specified research or production. The amount granted by Pro Helvetia may not exceed 50% of the overall budget.

What is not supported?

Excluded from this form of support are the planning and implementation of individual outreach projects as well as projects in an educational context. Also excluded are contributions to costs for infrastructure, equipment, operations and maintenance.

How are projects selected and when are the results communicated?

Pro Helvetia selects projects in collaboration with an external specialist jury. The decisions are communicated to applicants in July (for the call with deadline 1 March) and January (for the call with deadline 1 September).

What is required for an application?

Applications must be submitted via www.myprohelvetia.ch. Deadlines are 1 March and 1 September. The first public conducting, publication or presentation of the project may take place or begin at the earliest four months after the deadline concerned.

Dossiers contents
  • Information on the persons involved (CV, description of tasks and function within the project)
  • Description of project in terms of concept and organisation
  • Detailed cost and financial planning, incl. information on all financial support requested from third parties

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