Current STARTS Projects

The European Commission – EC, DG CONNECT – has launched the STARTS initiative to promote inclusion of artists in innovation projects funded in H2020. These projects are directly funded under by the H2020 Programme of the European Commission in the framework of STARTS (Science, Technology and the ARTS) initiative of the DG Connect.

STARTS Projects


VERTIGO organises 45 artistic residencies over a 3-year period in technology and research institutes in order to create synergies between artistic communities, technologists and innovation stakeholders. Artists choose the R&I project they want to collaborate with from a list of available projects. The VERTIGO STARTS residencies provide the opportunity to contribute with a holistic innovative view over technologically-driven projects.


On behalf of the European Commission, Ars Electronica in collaboration with BOZAR and Waag is issuing calls for entries to a competition that determines the recipients of STARTS Prize, prestigious and —with two €20,000 prizes— highly endowed awards. Expressly encouraged are innovative projects at the interface of science, technology and art.

WEAR Sustain

WEAR (Wearable technologists Engage with Artists for Responsible Innovation) is a 2 year, €3m project to engage art, design and creative industries to work more closely with technology industries, to shift the development of the wearables and e-textile landscape towards a more sustainable and ethical approach.

Other STARTS-related projects


FEAT (“Future Emerging Art and Technology”) is a 2-year FET Open project that pairs experienced artists with a set of FET projects hoping to facilitate the communication of leading-edge research and technology with a broad public and to stimulate technology take-up and ultimately innovation. Six leading international artists re hosted within FET projects through fully funded embedded residencies.


Brainhack is a 2-year FET Open project linking the international artistic community experimenting with BNCI technologies to the BNCI scientific community. BrainHack activities are centred on a series of interdisciplinary hackathons named “Hack The Brain” that took place in Amsterdam, Prague and Dublin. Hack the Brain series work as a platform to stimulate learning and exchange between artists, scientists and BNCI technology providers.