Support for Research-based Programmes

Swiss Arts Council

Relevent Country: Switzerland


The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is looking to support research-based and process-oriented programmes that foster exchange between art, science and technology involving organisations in Switzerland and across the world.

What is supported?

With Synergies, Pro Helvetia offers financial support of 20,000 – 150,000 CHF per collaboration for research and process-oriented programmes at the intersection of art, science, and technology.

If the following applies to your envisioned programme, it fits the open call:

You are looking for a frame in which you can test, build and further develop research- and process-oriented formats at the intersection of art, science and technology.

Your programme enables meaningful international collaboration, besides developing and strengthening new and existing networks between art, science and technology.

Your programme is aimed at artistic and cultural practitioners through activities such as networking, residencies, research and exchange formats. The support is allotted to the conceptualisation, creation and implementation of the programme. This may include artists’ fees, travel costs, material costs, etc. Infrastructural costs (building, renting, etc.) and operational costs (salaries, insurances, etc.) of the organisations will not be supported.

Who can apply?

  • Proposals must be jointly submitted by a minimum of two organisations. The collaboration must consist of a Swiss arts or cultural organization with one or more partners from around the world. These can be, for example: music and exhibition venues, dance companies, literature platforms, cultural spaces or established networks and platforms.
  • Applying organisations must have a convincing track record and the necessary experience in working at the intersection of art, science and technology. They support various definitions of “art”, “science” and “technology” according to different geographical contexts and the plurality of knowledge systems.
  • To help applicants find a partner organisation as well as inspiration, they are invited to consult the online Art, Science and Technology Directory, initiated by Pro Helvetia, where they can browse organisations worldwide.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Each collaboration involves at least one Swiss artistic or cultural organisation.
  • The activities are planned over a period of 1-2 years (starting earliest in March 2024).
  • The proposed programme is situated at the intersection of art, science and technology.
  • All organisations invest and contribute accordingly to their size, abilities and regional contexts (contributions can include overhead costs, infrastructure, accommodation, network, visibility, advice, etc.).
  • A significant part of the proposed programme is open to the public (for example public events, showcasing, online presence, etc.).
  • The proposed programme has a clear impact on the Swiss artistic and cultural scene.
  • The programme involves artistic disciplines supported by Pro Helvetia.

Ineligibility Criteria

  • Programmes which are part of a school or university curriculum/basic training or continuing education programme (including dissertations, diploma projects, university scholarships, etc.)
  • Programmes starting before March 2024
  • Infrastructural costs (building, renting, etc.) and operational costs (salaries, insurance, etc.) of the organisations
  • Programmes which already receive funding from Pro Helvetia
  • Programmes involving and initiated by only one organization