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Project grants for natural science education and outreach

Grant amount

Up to DKK 100 million to be awarded for natural science education and outreach projects


Applications open

15 August 2018


Applications close

2 October 2018, at 14:00 hours


Results announced

January 2019



Committee on Science Education and Outreach

Hanne Hautop, Desiré Christoffersen, Anja Cetti Andersen, Jan Alexis Nielsen, Jan Sølberg, Thomas Dyreborg Andersen, Hanne Serine Finstad, Sonja Merethe Mork

Link to committee


The Novo Nordisk Foundation wants to encourage scientific learning and interest, knowledge and competencies within natural science education.



Applicants must be actively involved in natural science education and/or natural science outreach.


The applicants may be a public-sector or nonprofit organisation or an individual person.


Applicants must be based at an educational institution, knowledge institution, association, municipality or the like in Denmark (a host institution) during the grant period.


Applications must provide details of any co-applicants and collaboration partners.



Grants can be applied for projects within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching, research on science education and natural science outreach.


For example, applications for grants may include funding for developing and applying inspiring teaching methods and resources for science teaching and improving the competencies of teachers. Learning projects and research projects on science education may focus on initiatives at childcare centres, primary and lower-secondary schools, upper-secondary schools, business academies and university colleges in Denmark. The research on science education must also be based at a university college or university in Denmark.


The foundation will also consider applications for funding such initiatives as talent competitions, natural science activity centres, recreational initiatives, outreach projects and science journalism. These types of initiatives may focus on children, adolescents and/or the general public.



The research project may be an independent, delimited project or a clearly defined part of a larger project supported by other partners.


A total of up to DKK 100 million is available in 2018 for funding: 

  • project grants between DKK 100,000 and DKK 5 million for projects of up to 4 years in duration (the main applicant may be an organisation or an individual person)
  • project grants between DKK 5 million and DKK 20 million for projects of 2–6 years in duration (the main applicant must be an organisation)


Applications for grants that are outside these categories will not be considered.


Each main applicant may only be linked to one application in an application round.


Applicants may apply for a grant to pay for the following expenses:

  • Salaries for employees or project consultants at all staffing levels, including project management; however, researchers in permanent positions will not receive funding for their own salary. Researchers who are not permanent employees may apply for a research fellowship to pay for their own salary if they have acquired a PhD degree or similar qualifications
  • Operating expenses: direct expenses for developing, implementing and operating the project, including materials and equipment
  • Scientific dissemination and outreach in the form of conferences, books, articles and other dissemination and outreach directly related to the project
  • Administrative support (up to 5% of the applicant’s overall budget and included in the budget) to cover administrative expenses directly related to the project being applied for at the host institution
  • Follow-up research in connection with development projects


The foundation will not award funding for:

  • Commercial activities
  • Buildings
  • Overhead (such as rent, water, electricity, heating and maintenance)


If the applicant has applied for or been awarded co-funding, the applicant must always state this in the budget.



Applications must be completed and submitted via the foundation’s application system, which can be accessed from 15 August 2018 using the link “Apply now” in the yellow box on the left. Applications may be submitted in Danish or English. Additional guidelines and application instructions are accessible via the link below. It is important that applicants carefully read these guidelines before initiating the application process.

assessment criteria

The Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Committee on Science Education and Outreach will assess the applications.


The applications will be assessed based on:

  • The capacity and qualifications of the applicant and their institution
  • The scientific quality and originality of the project and the project design and methods
  • The relevance and importance of the proposed project
  • The ability of the project to be implemented
  • The potential impact, scalability and opportunities for knowledge dissemination and outreach and nationwide adoption in Denmark
  • Significance of the research and the research community if this is relevant to the application
  • Confirmation of support from other funders if this is relevant to the application
  • The capacity and qualifications of the co-applicants and partners if this is relevant to the application


further information

The presentation from the information meetings in Copenhagen on 7 June, in Aarhus on 11 June and in Odense on 12 June is available here (in Danish).


The Q&A from the information meetings can be downloaded here (in Danish – updated 3 July 2018).



Bente Guldbrandsen

Project Officer

Tlf.: +45 3527 6676