WEAR Sustain has two Pan European competitions. The first Open Call closed at the end of May 2017 and the second is now open. The aim of these competitions is to support creative and technology collaboration for the evolution of critical, ethical, sustainable and aesthetic wearable technologies, The scope includes wearables and e-textiles worn on the body that may generate body data and/or data about your environment.
The program is seeking applications from artists or designers, to collaborate with technologists or engineers. We aim to support strong, well developed project ideas and take prototypes to the next level.
A total fund of €2.4m is being made available over two years, to fund up to 48 teams (Our first competition funded 22 collaborations). Projects will receive support and input from mentors, experts, and hubs to help realise ideas, and promote developed prototypes.
Please read all funding application guidelines below, prior to making your application.
Teams must submit a complete electronic application in English via the WEAR Sustain f6s.com portal. This portal will be used to communicate with the applicants throughout the selection procedure.
Arts & Design Context
The arts have been gaining prominence as a catalyst of an efficient conversion of science and technology knowledge into more innovative products, services, and processes . In line with a broader European strategy to enhance creativity and the innovative capacity in industry and society, the European Commission has initiated the STARTS Prize, alongside that and has funded the WEAR consortium and other STARTS-related projects to boost synergies between artists and ICT experts (technologists) to enable Europe to benefit from the catalytic nature of the arts and culture across European society and industry. In order to promote further collaboration between the arts and technology through innovation activities, WEAR focuses its engagement in collaboration, co-design and co-development of a new generation of ethical, critical, and aesthetic wearable technologies and smart textiles to influence change in industries practices and for a more circular economy.
WEAR aims to challenge artists and designers to work with technologists (engineers and programmers) in partnership to tackle these issues, and to meet the meaningful potential of wearable technologies and smart textiles in society and industry. All applicants are invited to read WEAR’s rationale.
THEMES to address
In this second Open Call for proposals, we ask applicant teams to address current and pressing issues facing European and global society, and have set out themed areas and challenges for developing a proposal to be considered for WEAR Sustain funding.
Applicants are asked to directly address with one or more of these Real World challenges in a critical and creative way, and propose solutions through the application of art and/or design with technological skills.
Irrespective of the chosen theme(s), both major concerns (ethics and sustainability) should be addressed in the proposal.
1) Environmental Sustainability
a) Use, reuse or waste
How will your team develop new wearables using technologies, textiles and materials that engage with sustainable use, reuse or recycling and repair?Please propose a concept that addresses:
1) Environmental Sustainability
b) Batteries & energy sources / generation
How will your team develop wearable devices and/or smart textiles that harvest or make use of alternative energy?Please propose a new:
1) Environmental Sustainability
c) Sourcing and life-cycle
How will you make products, services or processes that create limited carbon or waste footprint?
Will you develop/use design principles centered around simulating or directly utilising the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems/ biomimetics?
Please propose a concept that addresses:
a) Data collection & Privacy
How will your team develop wearable devices and/or smart textiles that minimise the negative impact of privacy invasion and personal data collection on users?Please propose a concept that:
b) Social/ Workplace
How will your team develop wearable devices and/or smart textiles that consider social or workplace ethics in their design and production?Please propose a concept that addresses:
If you address both major concerns above in some way, your concept can also address:ThemeChallengeConcerns3) Body/Physiology/
How does your team address and combat the negative impact of wearable technologies and smart textiles onthe body?Please propose a concept that addresses:
4) Open CategoryTo choose the open theme, applicants are required to pose their own question that addresses the sustainability and ethics concerns of the WEAR Sustain project and the European Commission.
HOW to APPLY
WEAR Sustain seeks artists, designers and creative people of all forms to work with technologists to develop critical approach to design an ethical, sustainable, environmental, and aesthetic wearable device project. Scope includes wearables and e-textiles worn on the body that may collect body
data and/or data about your environment.
Open Call 2 launches on 15th November 2017 with a submission deadline of 15th January2018. This is the second of our two Open Calls, the previous one closed on May 2017.
All applicant teams must have one artist or designer and one technologist /engineer AND their organisations must register before applying.
The main steps of WEAR Sustain Open Call 2 are as follows.
Applying teams must:
Call 2 proposals need to be submitted before January 15th 2018, 23h59 CET (Central European Time).
How to submit a proposal Step-by-step
Please make sure you have made a clear plan of your costs and deliverables. See details below.
The following costs shall be considered as non-eligible and may not be charged to the project:
Who can apply?
Co-applications from teams in Europe must include :
Funding rules of the Horizon 2020 programme
The WEAR Sustain Open Call is bound by the sub-grant rules of the Horizon 2020 programme.
European SMEs or other legal entities can receive EU sub-grant funding via the WEAR Sustain project as follows:
If you are not yet a qualifying as one of these above legal entities, if you are selected your team will be required to register as a legal entity in order to receive the funding to proceed with your project.
How will my proposal be evaluated?
Consolidation of the expert evaluations.
** A maximum of 40 top ranked submissions (depending on the quality of the submissions), will be notified on 31 of January and invited to a tele-pitching day on either 7, 8 or 9 of February), to pitch their proposal to a panel of experts, consisting of external experts and the WEAR Sustain Project Coordinator.
The candidates will be able to call in remotely via a teleconferencing system.
At the end of this selection process a maximum 24 projects will be selected in total.
Applicants should consider the following criteria when applying for the WEAR Sustain funding:
Selection Criteria for successful WEAR project teams
Addressing call themes - 25 Points
Creativity - 25 Points
2.1Novelty or/and Innovation of the solution
2.2Technical integration within project
2.3Focus on design/ artistic value of project
Team - 20 Points
3.1Collaboration between Artistic and Technological disciplines
3.3Interdisciplinary, diversity and cross-border collaboration
Business Potential - 15 Points
4.2Market vision & Business Sustainability
Feasibility - 15 Points
5.2Project plan & budget
Intellectual Property Rights of Applicants
The results developed by the selected teams in the course of their funding and support by WEAR Sustain will be the shared property of the owners of the sub-granted projects. The WEAR Sustain consortium agrees that IPR lies with the sub-grantees’ organisation, which will receive the grant and innovation services. Sub-grantees commit to ensuring that Intellectual Property Rights are clearly defined within their organisation.
It is required that the proposals submitted are based on original work by the applicants and that their foreseen developments are free from third party rights. The WEAR Sustain consortium is not obliged to verify the authenticity of the ownership of the foreseen products and services. Any issues derived from third party claims that arise as a result of the sub-granted projects are the sole responsibility of the applicant.
Selected teams will be asked to actively participate in sharing information and providing insights about their project for WEAR Sustain dissemination purposes. These will be specifically described in the Sub-Grant agreements that will be made after the selection, between the sub-grantee and WEAR Sustain.