2023 S+T+ARTS Prize competition in Austria (Funded)

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Application Deadline: March 03, 2023


  • To participate in the S+T+ARTS Prize, you must register online and submit all mandatory information online. A submission is complete and formally entered in the competition only if all information has been entered online and the submission has been finalized online. An entry confirmation will be sent out via e-mail as soon as all required documentation has been received.
  • Every submitted project must be, at the time of its submission, either totally completed or far enough along for the jury to be able to assess its quality and the likelihood of it being successfully implemented. The same applies to collaborative arrangements—at the time they’re submitted, they must already be up-and-running and in the implementation stage. No consideration will be given to entries that are purely concepts, ideas or proposals for collaboration.
  • Projects should not be older than two years or have to show a significant update or further development within the last two years.
  • There is no fee to enter the S+T+ARTS Prize 2023 competition.
  • An artist may submit more than one work.
  • If your entry is awarded a prize, your material will be used for the catalog, DVD (CD) and the Prix Ars Electronica website or any communication purpose from Ars Electronica, BOZAR, Waag, INOVA+, T6 Ecosystems, French Tech Grande Provence and Frankfurter Buchmesse or the European Union (see Rights), so we ask you to prepare your picture and text material carefully.

Who can enter?

Artists/creative professionals or the researchers/companies involved from throughout the world; S+T+ARTS is not limited to citizens of EU-member states.


The winning artist(s) will receive prize money of €20,000.

S+T+ARTS Prize – Prix Ars Electronica:

  • Every submission to the S+T+ARTS Prize competition can also be entered for Prix Ars Electronica prize consideration and vice versa. In other words, it’s possible for a single project to win both the S+T+ARTS Prize 2023 as well as a Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica grand prize. How does this work? It’s totally easy—at the end of your Prix Ars Electronica online submission, simply check the appropriate box.

S+T+ARTS Prize – European Union Citizen Science Prize:

Every submission to the S+T+ARTS Prize competition can also be entered for the European Union Prize for Citizen Science. The Prize competition is open to Citizen Science Initiatives in the European Research Area. This includes the European Union, all overseas countries and territories linked to EU member states, and all third countries associated to or currently negotiating an association agreement with Horizon Europe (for the 2023 iteration of the Prize: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom). How does this work? It’s totally easy—at the end of your S+T+ARTS Prize online submission, simply check the appropriate box and create a document/PDF answering the following additional questions and upload it together with your other submission material:

  • Location of initiative
  • Timeframe of initiative
  • Research question (1500 characters)
  • Initiative team (Name the lead organisations and individuals that took part in the initiative and describe their role. 1500 characters)
  • Citizen engagement (Give a profile of the community of citizen scientists and their role in the initiative, including how they have been / are recruited. 1500 characters)
  • How will the prize money benefit your community? (Describe how you plan to use the prize money to benefit your community in case your project is elected winner of the EU Prize for Citizen Science. 1500 characters)

Required Materials:

  • A video documentary (approximately 3 minutes in length)
  • Images (JPG, TIF, BMP, PNG) at the highest possible resolution; compressed files (such as .zip or .lzh files) are not accepted.
  • A clear, detailed description of the artistic concept, the form of interaction and technical implementation; since specific prerequisites have to be fulfilled for an onsite presentation to take place (e.g. in conjunction with the Ars Electronica Festival), the project’s specifications as to hardware & software and spatial requirements should be as detailed as possible. Moreover, the entrant must specify what he/she can provide on his/her own in order to stage such an onsite presentation, and what must necessarily be furnished by Ars Electronica Linz.
  • A printable portrait photo and a biography of the artist.
  • At the entrant’s option, additional material such as images, documents and drawings (as PNG or PDF) can also be submitted.
  • The submitters are asked not to physically submit irreplaceable originals, as the entered material cannot be returned.

Judging Criteria:

  • Quality of the artistic research and its potential influence on technology
  • Quality and success of the collaboration between art and technology
  • Quality and intensity of the connection to innovation, education, social inclusion or sustainability
  • Quality and implementation of the European Dimension of the submitted project
  • General criteria such as aesthetics, originality, convincing concept, innovation and the technique and quality of the presentation

Visit the official website for details and application

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