The New Material Award has two distinctions: one designer wins a cash prize of €15,000 for a finished product, and the other winner receives a fellowship at Het Nieuwe Instituut for a detailed idea linked to a research question. Het Nieuwe Instituut provides the New Material Fellows with mentorship and support in further developing their research project.
Designer Basse Stittgen went in search of possible applications for cow's blood in his project Blood Related.
Designer Roos Meerman focuses on researching materials and forms, and relates this to current developments in technology. In her lab she makes machines to investigate how she can develop production methods that are controlled by natural phenomena. She was awarded the New Material Fellowship at Het Nieuwe Instituut in 2014.