As we enter the fourth quarter of 2014, there are still a couple of open calls for EU game funding programs that you can apply for. In fact, up to $27 million are yet to be distributed within the fourth quarter of 2014 and early 2015.
Some of the funding opportunities specifically relate to certain types of games and games related technologies, so you won’t be able to apply to all of these programs.
For example, one program focuses on educational games, another on health related games, and a third on 3D models of European cultural assets. Below, you’ll find a summarized list of the programs, their requirements, and their individual deadlines. Some information will be left out to make the list more easily comprehensible. For the full list, check out the European Games Developer Federation website.
Name: Horizon 2020 SME Instrument for ICT.
For who: Game developers with ambitious and high risk ideas. The game has to be based on technology demonstrated in industrially relevant environment s and needs to have a potential “fast market up-take”.
How much funding: In phase 1, €50,000, in phase 2, €500 thousand to €2,5 million.
Deadlines: Phase 1: 24/09/2014 and 17/12/2014, Phase 2: 09/10/2014 and 17/12/2014
For who: Game developers developing games based on historical 3D models. Research on developing new methods and tools for automated 3D modeling and analysis of physical cultural resources and assets (e.g. cultural heritage sites, monuments, sculptures, archaeological sites…) beyond simple digital reconstruction. (ed. looking into the history of Vikings from the Nordic, anyone?)
How much funding: Between €2 and €4 million.
For who: Edugame developers. The aim is to support a range of activities, which will raise young boys’ and girls’ awareness of the different aspects encompassing science and technology in their societal content. The proposals shall focus on innovative, forward-looking science education methods and/or on incentives and measures to make scientific and technological careers attractive to young students.
How much funding: Between €1 and €1.8
For who: Health game developers. Proposals should include multi-disciplinary research to improve the understanding, prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of, mental conditions and disorders of older people.
How much funding: Between €4 and €6 million.
Deadline: Stage 1: 14-10-2014, Stage 2: 21-04-2015
For who: Game developers running their games from a server. Actions may address large scale validation, testing and standardization in following domains: virtualization, orchestration logic (SDN), tighter integration between the application/service layers and the networking layers, and support of open network functionalities for dynamic integration with third party and OTT cloud environments.
How much funding: Between €5 and €8 million
For who: Regional cluster organizations supporting game developers.
How much funding: Between €2.5 and €5 million
Deadline: Stage 1: 30-04-2015, Stage 2: 09-09-2015
If any of these programs caught your interest, make sure to read much more about them on the European Game Developer Federation website, and be aware of the deadlines!