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Open Call: Join DOORS incubation programme

Credit Ars Electronica Center,  Florian Voggeneder

Initiated by Ars Electronica, MUSEUM BOOSTER and Ecsite, DOORS - Digital Incubator for Museum, launched an open call for small and medium-sized museums wanting to tap into the potential of digital.

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Small and medium-sized museums across Europe are invited to re-think their cultural offers and infrastructures and apply for a two-stage incubation programme designed to be the stepping-stone for future digital strategies. Museums must submit proposals for digital pilots that expand their services with new revenue and audience engagement models, ease day-to-day institutional processes and organisation, or experiment with information and communication technologies (ICT) across the sector. The deadline for submissions is the 13th of February 2022.

Eligible organisations include science centres and museums, natural history museums, botanic gardens and other cultural organisations.

The jury will select forty museums to participate in the first incubation phase and receive a EUR 1.500 grant. From April to June 2022, museums will take part in a programme that explores the possibilities digitalisation opens for the sector. The shared learning format seeks to empower institutions to design a common framework and approach for the development of digital strategies and refine the initially proposed digital pilots.

The second stage of the incubation programme will run from November 2022 to September 2023. For this stage, 20 of the 40 initial museums will be selected and receive up to EUR 27.000 grant to implement digital pilots with the support of the DOORS consortium and their network of professionals - museum practitioners, digital and cultural strategists, creative technologists etc. The project gathers an outstanding group of experts across different fields and will engage their knowledge and expertise to design and conduct a responsive incubation programme informed by the needs of small museums.

Two online info sessions about the open call will be held for institutions interested in applying to the programme. A recording of one of the sessions will be made available to applicants on the dedicated DOORS’ website page.

  • Info Session on the 22nd of December 2021 from 3:00-4:00 CET. Click here to register for the session.
  • Info Session on the 25th of January 2022 from 3:00-4:00 CET. Click here to register for the session.

Both info sessions will be held on Zoom. The link to the Zoom meeting will be provided in the registration confirmation email.

More information on the project and the application process.


  • Digital transformation
  • digital incubation
  • museums and exhibitions
  • ICT