Sector Opportunities

DARIAH Theme 2020: Call for proposals

For 2020, DARIAH has selected two streams of funding themes ‘Arts Exchanges’ and ‘Arts, Humanities and COVID-19’. Themes are a bi-annual area of focus for The Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) which aims to enhance and support digitally-enabled research and teaching across the arts and humanities.

Currently DARIAH has two open call themes

Theme 1: DARIAH Arts Exchanges
With this call, DARIAH would like to explore what the current DARIAH knowledge base has to offer arts practitioners researchers, encourage institutional and organisational DARIAH partners within local and national DARIAH nodes to embark on collaborative projects with artists and grow our understanding of the infrastructural requirements of this community with regards to the technologies they use.

The most common format for such an engagement would be the artistic residency but they will also welcome other models in the scheme, which may include arts-led events, user needs assessment exercises and engagements, and/or small scale commissions to artists, so long as the focus on mutual learning, infrastructure, and the DARIAH network and assets presents a clear central added value for the project.

Artists and creators from any field and in any medium or professional role are welcome to participate in these applications with one or more DARIAH national network members.  They therefore invite members of the DARIAH community interested in exploring how the arts can help them to communicate, envigorate or expand their work to submit proposals for this scheme.

Theme 2: Arts, Humanities and COVID-19
The arts and humanities, and DARIAH by extension as their research infrastructure, have much to contribute to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  From the truly heartening and inspiring response of the arts community to the current situation to the realisation that the historical example of the 1918 flu is becoming a historical touchstone for understanding what we may now face in the near future,  DARIAH seek to fund specific responses to the pandemic that engage arts and humanities sources, approaches and insight.

One of the areas of emphasis in this scheme could be on how DARIAH will collect, curate, preserve and interpret the heterogeneous record of the experience of life and work in early 2020.  DARIAH will also look for innovative projects exploring humanities contributions to understanding the virus and its impacts, and what the study of culture, the arts, values, practices and language can contribute to our response to this global challenge.

Proposals & Eligibility

Maximum allowable budget is €10 000, but please note that value for money will be an assessment criterion. Allowable costs under the scheme include:

  • Costs related to events to build an audience or community for the exchange
  • Materials required to deliver artistic work
  • Modest honoraria to non-salaried artists to compensate their time
  • Travel and subsistence to facilitate interaction (if travel restrictions allow)
  • Other justifiable costs (by previous agreement with the DARIAH team)

To apply, please submit a description (2–4 pages in length) providing DARIAH with:

  •  A description of the artistic exchange/COVID-19 related project you would like to undertake
  • A clear plan for how you will use the funding to deliver an exchange of knowledge and documented or durable output
  • A description of how you will spend the funding requested
  • The name and postal address of the main partner and budget holding institution
  •  The name and e-mail address of the contact person leading and/or coordinating the project.

All applications must be submitted directly on the website   AND by e-mail to theme[at]

Key dates

Deadline for submissions: September 18, 2020
Review process: until October 9, 2020
Notifications to applicants: mid-October 2020
Signature Grant Agreements: October/November/December 2020
Start date of projects: November/December 2020
End date of projects: November–December 2021 (1-year project funding)

All successful applicants will be expected to apply for participation and present the results of their funded projects at the DARIAH Annual Event 2021 planned to take place in Athens (Greece) in Spring 2021.

For more information visit  or contact theme[at]

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