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Exploratory Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme 2024

Call opens
8 March 2024
Call closes
4 September 2024 12:00am (CET)
Announcement of results
End of December 2024
Recurring calls
Expected in March 2025
Application guidelines Send application


Many scientific challenges that have large implications for health and sustainability can only be addressed through interdisciplinary efforts. With the Exploratory Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme, NNF seeks to strengthen the synergy between researchers, across disciplines, organisations, and national borders. The goals of the Exploratory Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme are to:

  • Enable creative, novel, high-risk/high-gain interdisciplinary research
  • Support early-stage research that requires interdisciplinary collaboration and solutions
  • Stimulate emerging research that spans across scientific disciplines and techniques
  • Break down or overcome the barriers that hamper collaboration across disciplines
  • Strengthen Danish research through internationalisation

The Exploratory Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme is designed to fund the exploration of un-tested research areas that demonstrate the potential to have a high level of impact, i.e. high risk/high-gain. Specifically, this programme aims to support fundamental research between technology readiness levels (TRL) 1 and 2, as defined by the European Commission, and encourages the generation of preliminary data to guide researchers toward a more defined and expanded project stage. Opportunities for projects that have experimentally demonstrated proof of concept (TRL 3+) are available in other NNF grant calls.

The grant cannot be used to cover the main applicant’s or the co-applicant’s own salary. Guidelines has been updated May 2024 to include this sentence under Eligible Budget Costs, section 3.4 page 11 and first bullet point changed to:

  • Salary for scientific employees in time-limited contracts e.g., PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, assistant/associate professors, researchers/senior researchers, laboratory administrators. Salary will not be covered for scientific personnel with time-unlimited contracts, applicants, or co-applicants.

About the grants


Up to DKK 5 million per grant




Committee on Interdisciplinary Research


For grant inquiries
Ulla Vig Nissen
Grant Manager, Dr Philos
[email protected]
Coralie Backlund
Scientific Manager
+45 2252 4809 [email protected]

Research areas:

Funding from the Exploratory Interdisciplinary Synergy programme will generate novel, interdisciplinary approaches driven by research that aligns with NNF’s strategic focus areas of Medical Sciences, Biotechnology, and Natural and Technical Sciences, with potential applicability in health or sustainability.

Please note that if the proposed research falls within Natural and Technical Sciences, the applicant must explicitly state the research’s potential application in health or sustainability.


Up to DKK 5 million can be requested for a project running up to 3 years. The total annual budget for this call is DKK 53.75 million.

Application process

Please read “Information and Guidelines for Applicants” carefully before initiating the application process. Essential information about eligibility, required content, the evaluation criteria, budget structure, etc. is found in these guidelines.

The application must be completed and submitted using the foundation’s application system NORMA that can be accessed via the link “Apply now“.


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