Self Reflected by Greg Dunn, Brian Edwards, Will Drinker / Credit: Tom Mesic
Self Reflected by Greg Dunn, Brian Edwards, Will Drinker / Credit: Tom Mesic ©

Apply now: S+T+ARTS Prize 2021

The S+T+ARTS Prize 2021 is open for calls! This yearly competition awards two innovative projects at the nexus of science, technology and the arts that have what it takes to make a significant impact on economic and social innovation. Winners will receive each €20.000 and are featured at Ars Electronica, BOZAR and Waag. As part of the S+T+ARTS Prize, we encourage designers and artists from our network to apply as well.


What is S+T+ARTS all about?
S+T+ARTS (Science, Technology and Arts) is an initiative of the European Commission to foster alliances of technology and artistic practice. As part of this initiative, the S+T+ARTS Prize awards the most pioneering collaborations and results in the field of creativity and innovation at the crossings of science and technology with the arts.

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Watch the S+T+ARTS Prize 2021 video here.

The idea behind S+T+ARTS is that the interdisciplinary field between Science, Technology and Arts has an extraordinarily high potential for creative innovation. And innovation is precisely what is needed if we’re to master the social, ecological and economic challenges that Europe will be facing in the near future. S+T+ARTS believes that artists can inspire and trigger innovative processes. Therefore, the S+T+ARTS Prize focuses on artistic works that influence or change the way we look at technology, and on innovative forms of collaboration between the ICT sector and the world of art and culture.

Why apply?
There are two prices of each €20.000 euros to win, and the winners of the STARTS Prize 2021 are invited to showcase their works at Ars Electronica Festival 2021 in Linz, Austria and BOZAR, Brussels. Moreover, Waag will host talks where the artist is invited to interact with both professionals and audience.

Who can enter?
The call is open for everyone in the world working in the field between art and technology - the prize is not limited to EU citizens.

What kind of projects are we looking for?
We are looking for groundbreaking collaborations and projects driven by both technology and the arts. Purely artistic or technologically driven projects are not the focus of this competition. Furthermore, the call is open for:

  • All forms of artistic works and practices with a strong link to innovation in technology, business and/or society; S+T+ARTS is not restricted to a particular genre such as media art and digital art.
  • All types of technological and scientific research and development that has been inspired by art or involves artists as catalysts of novel thinking.
  • The jury is looking forward to receiving submissions from a broad variety of fields and disciplines. Among others, projects from the areas of new media applications, human computer interaction, machine learning, biotechnology, art & science, green technologies, material research, smart cities and citizen empowerment, robotics, quantum technology and many more are very welcome to apply.

For inspiration, have a look at our broad range of winners, honorary mentions and nominations of the past years.

I want to apply! What is the deadline?
You can apply now on S+T+ARTS website until the 3rd of March 2021. Find out more about the European Commission’s S+T+ARTS initiative at




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S+T+ARTS Prize has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 956603.

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Artsformation has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 870726.

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Vojext has received funding from the European Commission under the H2020-DT-ICT-03-2020 call under Grant Agreement number 952197.