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Call for Proposals: Art + Science

Open Call for Proposals

Deadline for Preliminary proposals: 30 September, 2017

Announcement of Grantees: 15 October, 2017

Residency Period: 1 to 29 March, 2018

Open Day: 29 March, 2018


Khoj’s interest in Art and Science is in promoting a dialogue between artists and scientific concepts, phenomena and technology through practice. It fosters the creation of new expert knowledge in the arts by extending artists’ practice in connection with fundamental research.

Instituted by Khoj and supported by Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, the Art + Science programme is designed to advance projects that explore artistic applications of emerging thoughts and technologies with the help of partners from the scientific industry and academia. This year the Art + Science Grant will fund a small number of projects that engage emerging themes around science and technology. The grant consists of a six month research and development period culminating into a four-week residency and Open Studio at Khoj Studios in Spring 2018.

We seek project proposals that have the potential to allow the public to learn alongside artists, scientists and technologists doing thought-provoking work. Projects, including prototypes, documentation, and work-in-progress, will be presented to the public at an Open Studio at Khoj Studios in late March 2017. We are greatly interested in project proposals that include some aspect of public demonstration and engagement with the public.

The Art + Science grant program is open to individual artists and artist collectives. Grants given through the program will provide financial support of up to INR 3 Lakhs per project to cover artist fees and direct costs, including materials. In addition, recipients may be supported in-kind by the teams at Khoj and the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, which includes representatives from diverse areas of research ranging from Health to the Internet. Of particular interest are exploratory ideas and proposals that leave room for refinement in collaboration with scientists, technologists and KHOJ.

The scientists for this edition work across and are interested in Biological Sciences, Genomics, Regenerative medicine, Internet and Science, Myth and Science, Health and Disease, Infections, Genetic Engineering, Neuroscience, Biotechnology, Perception and alternate or augmented reality and Human/machine, Mars, Terra-forming and Astronomy, interface, robotics; sensorial and extra-sensorial interfaces etc.


Particular areas of interest include the following:

The Internet.


Health, Medicine and disease.

Issues of perception and alternate, augmented or virtual reality.

Human/machine interface; robotics; sensory and extrasensory modes of perception.

Space, exploration and new frontiers.

The Politics of Science and Technology.

Science and Myth.


Application guidelines:

Please send the application materials as a PDF email attachment to, with supporting materials as hyperlinks, jpegs and/or PDFs. The application should include:

Name of the project.

A one sentence description of the work for which you are seeking support.

A full proposal describing the project (2000 words maximum).


The Proposal should broadly detail the following questions:

What does the project inspire? Include a discussion on the key issues at hand, including how they relate to science, technology and culture.

Your proposed plan for public engagement. What opportunities do you foresee to share prototypes, demonstrations and process with the public?

What data will your project produce that may be of interest to other artists, technologists, or arts organizations, etc.?


Supporting materials:

A bio of the principal artist or collective who will be responsible for this project (this may be in the form of a separate CV).

Detailed project budget (please include direct costs, including materials, software licenses, etc. and any artist fees as well as fees for any other contributors to the project).

If appropriate, upto five images, schematics, renderings, etc. that represent the idea for your project (in .jpeg or .pdf format). Video files (in .mov or .mp4 format) of less than 5 minutes in length will also be accepted.

An implementation plan for the project as you visualise it for the grant period (October 2017 to March 2018)


Please email the application to