The Charles Nypels Foundation, linked to the Jan van Eyck Academie, aims to stimulate innovative developments in the field of design in the widest sense of the word.
From 1986 the Foundation biennially awarded the Charles Nypels Prize, worth 25,000 guilders (11.345 euro), to this end. Apart from this prize, laureates were also offered an exhibition and a publication about their work.
In 2002 the board of the Charles Nypels Foundation drew up a new vision for the future. Instead of awarding an established designer with the Charles Nypels Prize, the foundation has decided to focus on stimulating research, whether it be theoretical, practical or historical, in the field of design in general and Dutch design and the work of Charles Nypels especially. To this end the Foundation has appointed a working group consisting of Gillian Crampton Smith, Paul Elliman, Wouter Vanstiphout and Annelys de Vet. In December 2002 this working group formulated the research theme Authoring the City. Together with the advising researchers of the Design department and the director of the Jan van Eyck Academie, this working group selected candidates for the research project Authoring the City. Four selected candidates gained the position of researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie.