Areté invites applicants for its 2022 cycle of Sandbox Residency Grants. These grants provide resources for the incubation and experimentation in the exploration of a problem space, and are envisioned to lead to innovations and creative solutions to some aspect of social life.

Available Grants for 2022

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The Sandbox Residency Grant

Calling those who’ve had an idea that they’ve wanted to tinker or play with but were unsure of the outcome. This grant provides first-time applicants with funding for exploring a problem space that may generate innovation and creative solutions. Further, the potential innovation lends itself not only to interdisciplinarity but also to the bridging of bridges across disciplines, displaying how the fields within the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and management may be merged in its possible outcome or expression.

The Sandbox Residency Grant provides successful applicants with the following:

  • Php 100,000 working capital
  • Priority use of Eugenio Lopez Jr. Makerspace (3D printers, laser cutters, large format printers, milling machine)
  • Dedicated workspace in the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Sandbox Zone for the Residency period + A Php 50,000 Arete space-use grant (on top of the dedicated workspace)*
  • Opportunities to participate in workshops for creative thinking and problem solving

Arete supports collaborations that involve research and incorporate artistic processes and interventions, and engage communities outside the academic and artistic worlds.

Sandbox Residency Grant Application Details:

  • Applications must be submitted by a team comprised of at least three members. Individual applications will not be accepted.
  • The lead proponent of the project must be a full-time faculty member of Ateneo de Manila University.
  • That the proponents come from different disciplines is preferred though not required.

Applicants must provide the following

  • CV’s of each member of the team
  • A 500-word write-up that presents the problem space that the team wishes to explore and the potential for innovation that that residency will generate. Importantly, please highlight elements of play and experimentation that the team brings in their approach to the problem space.
  • Present how the project promotes interdisciplinarity
  • Present how the project could merge the arts and the sciences
  • Present if the application is in connection with other research grants, or whether the proponents are seeking funding from other sources
  • The grant is competitive. The residency period lasts for one year.
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The Arete + AIS Sustainability Sandbox Grant

In collaboration with the Ateneo Institute for Sustainability (AIS), Arete is introducing a special Sandbox dedicated to issues of sustainability and Ateneo de Manila’s thrust towards integral ecology. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications that connect to the theme: Life of Plastic Not Fantastic.

In 2019, the Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives released a report that showed that annually, Filipinos consume almost 60 billion sachets, 17.5 billion shopping bags, and 16.5 billion labo (thin, clear plastic bags). An article from the World Wildlife Fund in 2018, estimated that nearly three quarters of mismanaged waste was collected by the solid waste management system but was lost down the collection chain.

In a recent study about the changes in plastic consumption during the pandemic, the survey results - which included household respondents from the Philippines - showed that the most notable results point to an increase in food packaging in 50% of households and an increase in single-use plastic bags in 35% of households (Leal Filho, et al, 2021). In addition, the pandemic also affected recycling activities with around 80% of the recycling industry in the Philippines, Vietnam, and India not operating (Brock, 2020).

Because of this, there is an urgent need to rethink and redesign the packaging system and shift to more sustainable practices, operations, behaviors, and materials, especially in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Initiatives to improve data collection (i.e. through citizen science), encourage consumer preference for sustainable solutions, exert pressure on businesses and governments to update policies, and hold industries accountable to implement best practices are also key actions (Patrício Silva, et al., 2020). While alternatives to plastic packaging (ex. Sugarcane bagasse containers (note only the sugarcane containers and not the corn-based PLA containers), Cassava bags, and Suds Sustainable Pods), alternative systems (ex. Algramo and Saricycling), and support groups and networks (ex. Wala Usik Challenge and Rethink Plastic Co.) exist, there is still much left to be done.

This AIS x Arete Sandbox challenges designers, innovators, and educators to explore, test, and implement creative interventions to the plastic crisis that can be applied locally and are easily scalable.

The Arete + AIS Sustainability Sandbox Grant provides successful applicants with the following:

  • -Php 100,000 working capital
  • Priority use of Eugenio Lopez Jr. Makerspace (3D printers, laser cutters, large format printers, milling machine)
  • Dedicated workspace in the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Sandbox Zone for the Residency period
  • A Php 50,000 Arete space-use grant (on top of the dedicated workspace)*
  • Mentorship on sustainability concepts and systems thinking
  • Access to sustainability networks and partners (ex. SDSN Philippines, Break Free from Plastic Philippines)
  • Opportunities to participate in workshops for creative thinking and problem solving

Sustainability Sandbox Application Details:

  • Applications must be submitted by a team of at least three members. Individual applications will not be accepted.
  • The lead proponent of the project must be a full-time faculty member of Ateneo de Manila University.
  • That the proponents come from different disciplines is preferred though not required.
    Applicants must provide the following
  • CV’s of each member of the team
  • A 500-word write-up that addresses an existing local plastic packaging issue in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic that the team wishes to explore and the potential for innovation that that residency will generate.

In addition to addressing criteria concerning innovation, experimentation, and a merging of arts and sciences that accompanies the Sandbox grant, applicants to this residency must:

  • Develop a solution that is scalable (can be adopted and customized by other communities);
  • Evaluate the project through measurable outcomes.
  • Present if the application is in connection with other research grants, or whether the proponents are seeking funding from other sources
  • The grant is competitive. The residency period lasts for one year.
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Sandbox Residency Renewal Application

Arete invites current Sandbox residents who wish to extend their residency for an additional year to apply for an extension to their current Sandbox grant. These applicants must present the outcomes of their incubation, and describe the opportunities afforded by the extension for further innovation, experimentation, interdisciplinarity, and the merging of arts and sciences.

The Sandbox Residency Renewable Grant provides successful applicants with the following:

  • Php 100,000 working capital
  • Priority use of Eugenio Lopez Jr. Makerspace (3D printers, laser cutters, large format printers, milling machine)
  • Dedicated workspace in the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Sandbox Zone for the Residency period
  • A Php 50,000 Arete space-use grant (on top of the dedicated workspace)*
  • Opportunities to participate in workshops for creative thinking and problem solving

Application Details:

  • CV’s of each member of the team. Indicate if there are new members.
  • A 500-word write-up that presents the updated problem space that the team wishes to explore during the period of extension, given the outcomes, gains, or learnings during the initial incubation period. Importantly, please highlight elements of play and experimentation that the team brings in their renewed exploration of their problem space.
  • Present how the extension further promotes interdisciplinarity
  • Present how the project could further the merging of the arts and the sciences
  • Present if the application is in connection with other research grants, or whether the proponents are seeking funding from other sources
  • The grant is competitive. The extension period is for one additional year.
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How To Apply

Download the form below that matches the grant being applied for.

Please fill up these documents with your group’s application details.

Deadline

November 5, 2021

Clarifications

Please contact: Karlo Erfe at sandbox.arete@ateneo.edu