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Musical Research Residency Program 2012

Partnership between Ircam, Grame and SCRIME

July 16, 2012 - Oct. 6, 2012
Organized by Ircam , Ircam, GRAME, SCRIME/LaBRI

The musical research residency program is open to composers, professional musicians or students who wish to carry out their musical research using IRCAM’s or partners’ facilities and extensive research environment.
Upon nomination, each candidate will be granted a residency in an associated laboratory during a specific period (lasting three to six months). During this period candidates will work in association with a team/project at IRCAM or a project partner, carry out the musical and scientific experimental work associated with their proposed project and participate in the intellectual life of the institute.
At the end of their stay, candidates will be invited to share the results of their work with the international musical research community in the form of documentation and public presentations.

Information on past editions can be obtained from Ircam's  Musical Research Residency Website.

Call for proposals

For the 4th edition of Musical Research Residency, Ircam is inviting composers and artists to submit artistic projects on novel and unexplored paradigms requiring collaborations with Ircam research. The program is open to international artists, regardless of age or nationality, who wish to carry experimental research using partners’ facilities and extensive research environment. An international panel of experts including researchers, composers, computer musicians and artists will evaluate each application. Upon nomination, each candidate will be granted a residency at Ircam (for the Ircam Track) or partners (for INEDIT Track) during a specific period (three or six months) and in association with scientific team/projects. In addition, laureates receive an equivalent of 1200 Euros per month to cover expenses in France.  

Application procedure is strictly online and via Applicants can submit their material upon creation of an account on the website. The deadline for application is September 30th (midnight Paris time). Applications are accepted in French on English only. All submissions are final and incomplete submissions will be automatically rejected upon the deadline.

An international panel of experts will evaluate all applications and final results will be announced in January 2013.  In special cases, a scientific committee organized by IRCAM and partners might interview the candidates. Evaluation is based on project's novelty and collaborative aspects, and the holder's prior experience and ability to undertake the proposed project.

For the 4th 2013-2014 edition, applicants can submit applications for either of the following tracks (to be specified in the online application form):

Ircam Residency Track

Candidates applying to this track will aim at residency in Ircam laboratories in Paris and following various research topics proposed by Ircam research teams.

INEDIT Project Track (new)

The INEDIT project is a scientific project starting in September 2012 and funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) between Ircam, Grame (Lyon) and SCRIME/LaBRI (Bordeaux). It aims to provide inter-operability between tools for music and audio productions in order to open new creative dimensions coupling authoring of time and interaction. The INEDIT project members are seeking to fund musical research residency projects that propose:

  •  Interoperability of tools proposed by INEDIT partners :  OpenMusic for computer assisted composition, iScore for interactive scores, INScore for augmented scores, Antescofo for score following and authoring, and Faust for audio processing.
  • Synergy between two or more labs during the project life.

Candidates applying for this special track should choose the special track in their application. All rules and conditions for Ircam Musical Research Residency applies to this track. Final laureates can redeem 1-2 travel costs between laboratories based on project proposals. Candidates applying to this special track should explicitly mention the relevancy to this program in their project proposal and collaborative aspect field of the online application. Final selection is subject to INEDIT partners’ evaluations of the project and based on relevancy and quality of the proposed project with respect to INEDIT.

Submission Instructions

Create an account (or use pre-existing account) on After creating your profile, create your application for “Ircam – Musical Research Residency Program” via the “Your Application” panel. You can save your application as draft before the submission deadline. The system will warn for any incomplete material before the final submission.

Applicants are highly encouraged to consult existing and prior work related to their proposed project at Ircam and elsewhere through various sources including Ircam Research websites  and program partners. Prior residency reports can be consulted from Ircam's Musical Research website .

Required material

  • Biographical details: Short biography, Detailed CV (PDF document), and Motivation Letter (one page PDF)
  • Project title 
  • Project abstract (300 words)
  • Detailed Project Proposal (PDF only, maximum 6 pages):  Detailed Project description, including the state-of-the-art background and justifications on the novelty of the proposed project, and possible ways to achieve goals through a collaborative musical research project. Projects should clearly address artistic challenges that can be solved/explored using scientific and technological advances.
  • Summary of collaborative aspects (300 words): Briefly describe the collaborative aspects (within a research and artistic environment) that the proposal entails.
  • Work plan (150 words): Preliminary work plan including requested residency period and duration (between September 2013 and August 2014), and Ircam teams or staff who will be involved with the project.
  • Multimedia (audio/video) samples (Two works):  Samples of prior or current work representative of the artistic and research quality of the applicant’s work. Submission of program notes and scores along the multimedia is highly recommended.


  • Applications can be in French or English.
  • Application procedure is strictly ONLINE. No material through mail or post will be considered.
  • Submission deadline is strict and will be automatically closed by September 30th (midnight Paris time). No exceptions will be granted.
  • Any incomplete and defected application according to the above guidelines will be rejected. Authors are responsible for the application content and its verification.
  • All submission materials are considered confidential and will not be used by Ircam or any third-party without the consent of the applicant.
  • The musical reearch residency is by no means a commision for an art-work or a scientific residency. It can however become an experimental stage for an art-work in collaboration with scientific research teams.


For all questions or concerns, contact

This competition is now open for applications.
Feb. 28, 2013
Results of Musical Research Residence 2013-14

The results of fourth edition of the Musical Resaerch Residency program at Ircam are now available on

For 2013-14 residency year, the committee selected four candidates proposing four innovative projects.

We thank all the candidates for their innovative ideas in the field of the musical research and we congratulate the laureates.

Next Call will be publish on Summer 2013. Don't hesitate to contact us for more information at

July 16, 2012
Musical Research Residency 2013-14

The fourth edition of  Musical Research Residency program is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school calendar. Submission is allowed until September 30th 2012.