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 to which a research question has been linked. Het Nieuwe Instituut provides the New Material Fellows mentorship and support in the further development of their research project.
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 won in 2014 the New Material Fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Artist Diana Scherer is the New Material Fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut. She was awarded the fellowship for her project Interwoven, in which she manipulates the root systems of plants to create a textile-like material. During the fellowship in 2017, Het Nieuwe Instituut provides her with mentorship and support in the further development of her research project.