Research and Exploration

Assistance Program

April 17, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

The purpose of PRIM’ Research and Exploration Assistance program is to support artists with a research approach that aims to encourage innovation in art and exploration of new avenues that will help develop the disciplines.

Target candidates

To apply for assistance under this program, you must:

  • Be an artist or artists’ collective creating works independently;
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. In the case of a collective, at least one member must meet this requirement.

PRIM invites emerging, mid-career and established artists to submit a project. In an effort to support diversity and inclusion, PRIM encourages proposals from artists who identify as members of a minority.

Assistance granted

Assistance granted

  • 90% discount on non-member rates for room, studio and filming equipment rental
  • 4 x 2h of consultation
  • Project guidance and technical support

Projects accepted

There is no limit as to the number of projects that can be accepted into the Research and Exploration Assistance program.

Eligibility rules

General eligibility rules

An unlimited number of separate applications may be submitted per competition.

The same project cannot be submitted to two programs simultaneously.

There is no limit as to the number of times a project may be submitted in the event it is rejected for a previous application period. However, we strongly recommend that you read and take into account the jury comments if you are thinking of submitting it later.

Eligible projects

All proposals for independent projects involving research, experimentation or exploration in any artistic discipline using sound or moving images are eligible. O Only the development phase is eligible.

Types of eligible projects

  • Technical and technological experimentation
  • Development of new ideas
  • Experimentation with collaborators
  • Exploration of other artistic practices

Inelegible projects

  • Projects that are part of a school curriculum
  • Creation, production or distribution projects

Eligible costs

PRIM’s support for this program takes the form of a discount on the non-member rate for rental of the following equipment:

  • Shooting equipment (cinema and virtual reality)
  • Sound recording studio
  • Sound exploration lab
  • Dolby Atmos studio
  • Digital exploration room
  • Offline editing suites
  • Screening rooms
  • Digitization and transfer

Non-eligible costs

The following expenses are not eligible:


  • Rental of rooms and equipment for post-production and finishing stages
  • Technicians’ fees
  • Distribution media and supplies
  • Exports and deliverables
  • Registration terms and conditions

    How to apply

    To apply, you must complete the online application form and provide the following documents:


    • CV of the artist or the members of the artists’ collective applying
    • Audio/video supporting documentation (15 min max in total) in the form of links to Vimeo or other
    • Any other documentation that the artist feels is pertinent (photos, illustrations, script…)


    SPRING: 3rd Wednesday of April at 11:59pm
    FALL: 3rd Wednesday of October at 11:59pm

    EXTENSION: Wednesday November 1st at 11:59pm

    Evaluating applications

    Evaluation process

    Applications are first evaluated by the person in charge of the program at PRIM based on the program’s eligibility conditions.
    Eligible applications are then evaluated by a jury of peers made up of people recognized for their skills in media arts.
    The jury evaluates on merit based on the program’s evaluation criteria. At the end of the evaluation, the jury members decide whether to award Research and Exploration Assistance. Projects that do not receive jury backing for this program will then be evaluated according to the criteria of the Creation Assistance program, which will determine whether the assistance is awarded. Decisions are final and without appeal.

    Evaluation criteria

    The projects are evaluated according to the following criteria:

    1. Project’s interest and relevance (80%)
      • Quality of research processes
      • Project’s innovative nature
      • Project’s interest for the advancement of various artistic practices
      • Effect of the project on the evolution of the candidate’s work
    1. Project’s feasibility (20%)
      • Quality and relevance of the artist’s previous work
      • Realism of work plan and budget
      • Ability of the artist to carry out the research project
      • Impact of PRIM’s support


    Jury members must follow the Jury Member Professional Ethics Code and the Conflict of Interest rules.

    Response time

    PRIM will notify you of the jury’s decision no later than two months after the program’s deadline.

    Other information

    Artists’ obligations

    In order to benefit from the Research and Exploration program, recipients must become PRIM members, carry out their research project within one year of the date of receipt of their acceptance letter, and comply with the terms and conditions.

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