STARTS Prize 2023 for Arts-Stimulated Innovation in Technology Industry & Society (€20,000)

Competition Grant / Award in Art and Humanities , in Business and Law , in Natural Science , in Social Science
  • Austria, Austria View on Map
  • Apply Before : March 3, 2023
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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • No. of Opportunity 2
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 99730
  • Application Fee Required No
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Opportunity Description

Submissions for the STARTS Prize 2023 are now open to entrants worldwide. Two winning projects with €20,000 prize money will benefit from the program for the academic year 2023.

STARTS Prize is an initiative of the European Commission launched by Ars Electronica and the association partners, including BOZAR, INOVA+, Frankfurter Buchmesse, T6 Ecosystems, Waag, and French Tech Grande Provence. Since 2016, the Prize has honored more than 200 projects out of 14291 submissions from 96 countries. A total of €280,000 in monetary Prize has been allocated and distributed in the S+T+ARTS Prize competition.

STARTS Prize appreciates the most ground-breaking innovations, collaborations, and results in the interaction of science and technology with the arts. Moreover, Science, Technology, and Arts (STARTS) has been launched to honor innovations in creativity and invention and to enhance the alliance of technology and artistic practice.

It also demonstrates that the role of artists is not only about spreading scientific and technological skills and knowledge among the general public but also acting as a catalyst to inspire innovation processes.

The Prize focuses on artistic works that change and influence the world’s visions toward technology and on an innovative partnership between the ICT sector and the art and culture world.

Brief Details

  • Application Starts: 11 January 2023
  • Submission Deadline: 03 March 2023
  • Jury Convenes: 20 – 23 April 2023
  • Notification of Results: Mid-June 2023
  • Ceremony Date: September 2023
  • Ceremony Location: At the Arts Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria
  • Funded By: European Commission
  • Organizer: Arts Electronica and Group of Partners
  • Number of Prizes: 2
  • Eligible Countries: All
  • Fields: Science, Technology, and Arts


Two winning projects, each with €20,000 prize money, will benefit from the program for the academic year 2023, plus the following benefits:

  • Winning cash prizes
  • Participating in the prize-awarding festival
  • Participating in the Prize’s consortium partners events globally;

What to Submit?

Applicants should prepare and submit the followings:

  • Pioneering collaborations and projects are lying on both technology and the arts. Purely artistic or technologically driven projects are of little relevance to this competition;
  • All forms of artistic works and practices with a solid connection to innovation in technology, business, or society;
  • All types of technological and scientific research and development are stimulated by art or involve artists as catalysts of fresh thinking.
  • The Prize Jury welcomes submissions from various fields and disciplines, such as projects from new media applications, machine learning, biotechnology, art and science, human-computer interaction, green technologies, smart cities, citizen empowerment, material research, robotics, quantum technology, etc. Find previous years’ nominations here for inspiration.


Applicants applying for STARTS Prize 2023 must meet the following set of requirements. Applicants must be:

  • Both individuals and organizations who have made significant innovations and meet the criteria can apply for the Prize;
  • Artists, innovative professionals, researchers, or companies involved from all over the world can enter the competition;
  • An EU or non-EU-member state or from any field;
  • An artist can submit more than one work;
  • Prepare their picture and text material carefully so that the Prix Ars Electronica and partners can use it as a catalog, DVD, CD, on their website, or for any communication purpose;


  • Submission is free of charge;
  • Submitted projects must be at most two years. If so, it must include a substantial update or any development within the last two years;
  • At submission time, each project must be either completed or at a stage so that the jury can assess its quality and the possibility of its successful implementation.

Evaluation Criteria

The jury will evaluate the submissions against the following criteria:

  • Quality of the artistic research and its potential impact on technology;
  • Excellence and success of the cooperation between art and technology;
  • Quality and strength of the relevance to innovation, education, social inclusion, or sustainability;
  • Quality and implementation of the European Dimension of the project;
  • General norms include aesthetics, uniqueness, reasonable concept, creativity, and the quality and technique of the presentation.

Material Required

Applicants should submit the following documents and materials:

  • A video documentary (about 3 minutes long);
  • Images must be in JPG, TIF, BMP, and PNG formats at the highest possible resolution;
  • Compressed files such as .zip or .lzh formats are not acceptable;
  • A clear, comprehensive description of the artistic concept, the form of interaction, and technical implementation;
  • A portrait photo and a biography of the artist;
  • Additional material such as images, documents, and drawings (as PNG or PDF);

Note: Applicants should only submit irreplaceable originals physically if they are returnable.

How to Submit?

Entrants can submit their entries online via the link below.


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For more information about the STARTS Prize and the features of a successful entry, please refer to the STARS Prize 2023 website or read the detailed page.

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