The European Commission is inviting applications for the STARTS Prize for international students in 2021 worth €20,000.

STARTS Prize is an initiative of the European Commission to foster alliances of technology and artistic practice. As part of this initiative, the STARTS Prize awards the most pioneering collaborations and results in the field of creativity and innovation at the crossings of science and technology with the arts.

Additionally, Science, Technology and Arts (=STARTS) form a nexus with an extraordinarily high potential for creative innovation. The role of artists thus is no longer seen to be just about propagating scientific and technological knowledge and skills among the general public but much more as a kind of catalyst that can inspire and trigger innovative processes. Accordingly, the STARTS Prize focuses on artistic works that influence or change the way we look at technology, and on innovative forms of collaboration between the ICT sector and the world of art and culture.

Worth of Award

  • As an applicant, you stand the chance to win one of two prizes with each worth €20,000. They are offered to honour innovative projects at the intersection of science, technology and the arts.
  • The emphasis of both prizes lies on the creative appropriation and employment of technologies as well as the search for unique constellations of collaboration from the STARTS fields.


Aplicants such as artists/creative professionals or researchers/companies involved from throughout the world are eligible to enter. This is because STARTS is not limited to citizens of EU-member states.


To qualify, you must of necessity submit the following:

  • Groundbreaking collaborations and projects driven by both technology and the arts. Purely artistic or technologically driven projects are not the focus of this competition.
  • All forms of artistic works and practices with a strong link to innovation in technology, business and/or society. Kindly note that STARTS is not restricted to a particular genre such as media art and digital art.
  • All types of technological and scientific research and development that has been inspired by art or involves artists as catalysts of novel thinking.
  • The jury is looking forward to receiving submissions from a broad variety of fields and disciplines. Thus the following projects are very welcome to apply: areas of new media applications, human computer interaction, machine learning, biotechnology, art & science. Others include green technologies, material research, smart cities and citizen empowerment, robotics, quantum technology and many more.


  • 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 unacceptable.
  • 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 materials such as images, documents and drawings (as PNG or PDF) can also be submitted.

How to Apply

The submission platform is accessible at

Deadline: The submission phase for 2021 STARTS Prize begins on January 11, 2021 and the platform is accessible between January 11 and March 3, 2021.

Click here for more details and to apply