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SDN Grant 2024: Applications are open!

We're Accepting SDN Grant Applications!

The SDN Grant 2024 is currently accepting submissions until February 29, 2024. Please review this year's Guidelines and Requirements. We eagerly await your proposals.

SDN Grant 2024

The Swiss Design Network, established in 2003, serves as the Swiss competence network for design research. Running parallel to SARN and SAEN, it acts as a bridge connecting design researchers from Swiss Universities of Design and Art. Since its inception, the Swiss Design Network has dedicated itself to promoting and enhancing the development, quality, and ongoing improvement of design research in Swiss Art and Design Universities. The SDN provides direct support to research projects and actively participates in the research discourse on both national and international levels.

  • Application Deadline:
    February 29, 2024
  • Final Decision:
    March 19, 2024
  • Notification Deadline:
    March 29, 2024
Submission Page

The Swiss Design Network sees one of its roles as a supporting body for promising design researchers, not only in connecting them but also in financially supporting them to disseminate and publish their research and efforts through workshops and other public formats such as lecture series, podcasts, and publications.

Every year we grant two design researchers or research groups from Swiss Art and Design Universities CHF 2000 each to realize a workshop, an event, or another similar public activity. The total sum awarded is CHF 4000 per year.

Early-career design researchers affiliated with all seven swiss design network member universities are eligible to apply to this open call. This competitive funding is awarded regardless of university location or language criteria but is based solely on the quality of the submission.

The anonymized applications will be evaluated by the Swiss Design Network Board, and the granted applicants will be notified within a reasonable time after the evaluation.

SDN Grant: Guidelines
This description forms the basis for project assessment, considering the grant selection criteria:

  • Originality/novelty of the idea
  • Potential for significant/broader/sustainable impact

Applicants must submit an original text in English, following the provided description form. Correct citation of sources is mandatory, and the SDN Board reserves the right to reject applications not meeting selection criteria. Anonymity of the project description is crucial.

Requirements for Applicants:

  • Affiliation with a Swiss Art and Design University in the network
  • The event/intervention must be public or possess a public dimension
  • Only applications submitted through the designated form will be accepted

Requirements after Successful Application:

  • Initiate the intervention within a year of receiving the grant
  • Publish a summary on the SDN website
  • Provide pictures or visual results, if available
  • Create a press kit for social media dissemination
  • Possible follow-up with the coordinator

For questions, contact our coordinator at