DESIGN WINGS: SCHOLARSHIPS FOR BUDDING DESIGNERS, NON-FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR COMPANIES
Budding designers are invited to apply for scholarships, while micro, small and medium-sized enterprises are invited to apply for non-financial support. This is aimed at increasing the competitiveness of their businesses by developing and implementing design solutions based on digital, innovation and circular economy principles. They will be developed by designers who have received scholarships and are willing to gain experience in the labour market over a 10-month period, which will include training and two phases of creative activity.
’In the wake of the pandemic, it is crucial for Lithuanian businesses to increase their competitiveness and to orient themselves towards the EU Green Deal. This is not possible without advanced design solutions and the professionals who create them. The aim of this project is not only to become a good practice connecting emerging designers and businesses, but also to increase the country’s economic capacity. This will help to withstand today’s global challenges of competitiveness, efficiency, circular economy implementation and sustainable economic growth’, says Gabija Vanagė, programme manager for ‘Design Wings’.
Applications for scholarships are open to budding designers with a university or college degree (master’s or bachelor’s degree) in design or equivalent, awarded between 2018 and 2022. The main task of the students who have been awarded scholarships will be to develop and deploy design solutions based on digital, innovation and circular economy principles in the companies participating in the project. The scholarship, which amounts to EUR 2,000 per month, will be awarded for a period of ten months during the creative phases. The participating designers and companies will also enhance their knowledge and competences through two training modules.
During the project, it is planned to develop design solutions in three categories. The first category is the development of products or derived products in the industrial, fashion and textile, furniture and interior design, transport and food design sectors. The second is communication design in the field of graphic, visual, packaging, font, branding, advertising or publishing design. The third category focuses on process, service and interface design experts in strategic, conceptual, performative, social, user experience and user interface design and research.
Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises that feel they have a need for such design solutions in their operations are invited to apply for non-financial support. Eligibility criteria for funding include: legal entities that have been operating for more than one year; are registered in the Register of Legal Entities; have a revenue of at least EUR 50,000 over three years; and report periodically to the responsible public authorities. They must not have been granted funding under the Creative Vouchers Covid-19 (Kūrybiniai čekiai COVID-19) measure of the Ministry of Economy and Innovation.
The project is expected to involve a total of fifteen budding designers and thirty micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The evaluation of the applications will be carried out by five design professionals (mentors). The selection of both young designers and enterprises will consist of three phases: an administrative eligibility assessment, an expert assessment and a final decision.
Applicants can complete their applications electronically on the project’s website www.dizainosparnai.lt until 9 June 2022 23:59. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
The selection process will take place between June and July. A month-long training course will start in August and from September onwards, participants will start the first phase of creative activities in companies.
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The PROJECT ‘DESIGN WINGS’
This is a non-financial support project that brings together talent, knowledge and expertise to develop globally competitive design products and services of the future based on digital, innovation and circular economy principles.
The project’s activities involve mentors who are experienced design professionals, budding designers and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
The main objective is to leverage the pandemic-hit cultural and creative industries sector to increase the added value, competitive advantage and social responsibility of Lithuanian businesses through digital, innovation and circular economy-based design solutions.
The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the 2014–2020 Operational Programme for the European Union Funds Investments, with an allocation of EUR 788,551.
The project is implemented by the Lithuanian Council for Culture until 31 August 2023.
Information from the Lithuanian Council for Culture