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Exploratory Research Instrumentation

Call opens
11 October 2023
Call closes
11 January 2024 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
September 2024
Recurring calls
Fall 2024
Application guidelines


With the Exploratory Research Instrumentation Programme, NNF wishes to strengthen the Danish research and innovation environments by supporting the development of new research instrumentation and methodology, that is not commercially available today and/or is significantly more sustainable or otherwise advantageous than commercially available solutions. The goal of the programme is to:

  • Develop novel research instrumentation and methodology from idea to prototype.
  • Create a strong Danish ecosystem for technology and method development.
  • Facilitate new research and insights, as well as new research infrastructures.

About the grants


Up to DKK 7 million per grant



Career stage

Research Leaders (Mid-career/Associate Prof.), Research Leaders (junior/non-tenured), Research Leaders (Established/Prof.)

Research area focus

Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine, Clinical and Translational Medicine, Data Science, Food and agriculture, Industrial and environmental biotechnology, Infrastructure, Natural sciences, Technical sciences


For grant inquiries
Ulla Gro Nielsen
Senior Scientific Lead
+45 2224 5230 [email protected]
Joanna Steinhauer
Grant Specialist
+45 7135 7906 [email protected]

Areas of support

The instrumentation and/or methodology to be developed should enable research and development within NNF’s strategic focuses on biomedicine and health sciences, sustainability and biotechnology, and natural and technical sciences.

Specific overarching research fields include:

  • Biomedicine
  • Clinical and translational medicine
  • Industrial and environmental biotechnology
  • Plant science, agriculture, and food biotechnology
  • Natural sciences with potential applications in health or sustainability
  • Technical sciences with potential applications in health or sustainability
  • Computational science, including data science, with potential applications in health or sustainability.


The applicant must hold a PhD degree and should be employed with a primary affiliation (at least 80 %) as postdoctoral researcher, (senior) scientist, assistant professor, associate professor, professor, or academic technical staff (“AC-TAP”) at a university or other not-for-profit research institution in Denmark. The applicant should have a documented interest in instrument and/or method development and significant expertise relevant for the project at a level commensurate with the applicant’s career stage.


A total of up to DKK 15 million is available for grants between DKK 2-7 million for a period 1-4 years

Application process

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

Please read Information and Guidelines for Applicants  carefully before initiating the application process. Additional essential information on the call and application process is found in these guidelines.