Proposals are now being accepted for the Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) 2020-2021 Performance Season

Artists, scientists, musicians and technologists are invited to propose works that push the boundaries of their disciplines for the next season of the UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute’s Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences (IDEAS).

The call for proposals for the 2020-2021 IDEAS season is now available online. All proposals must be submitted no later than April 15, 2020 at 12 p.m. through the online submissions form.

Artists can request up to $1,500 in grants that can be used for supplies, rentals, travel, honorarium for non-UC San Diego collaborators and other incidentals. The submissions should include a simple budget that lists how the requested money will be used.

The winning events will be staged and/or presented in the Institute's high-tech venues in Atkinson Hall on the UC San Diego campus beginning in the fall of 2020.

Proposals will be judged on the following:

  • quality of each submission
  • the proposed impact of the engagement
  • the extent to which the artist proposes to use Qualcomm Institute’s unique audio, video and performance space
  • the multidisciplinary nature of the work
  • and the general relevance of the work to the IDEAS mission for digital exploration of arts and sciences

IDEAS was launched in 2013 to encourage UC San Diego artists, technologists, and scientists to take advantage of the Qualcomm Institute's advanced audio-visual facilities, services and personnel in developing and staging interdisciplinary new or existing works.

“This will be our seventh season of working with the UC San Diego community to foster, develop and showcase new, interdisciplinary and experimental research in the arts, sciences and technology, which is at the heart of the Qualcomm Institute’s mission,” said Department of Music professor Shahrokh Yadegari, who directs the program. “We look forward to reviewing the proposals and seeing how our artists and scientists will push boundaries in the next season of IDEAS.”

All performances and presentations will be open to the public and free of charge.

See photos from and read about last year’s IDEAS performances here.

For more information about the IDEAS Performing Arts Series, contact Trish Stone at