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Project grants for natural science education and informal learning environments – 2024

Call opens
20 June 2024
Call closes
5 September 2024 2:00pm (CEST)
Announcement of results
December 2024
Recurring calls
June 2025

Purpose

The Novo Nordisk Foundation wants to support general science education and cultivate interest, knowledge and competencies in natural science and technology among children, young people and the general population in Denmark.

Eligibility

During the grant period, the applicant must be a leader at or responsible for a project at the administrating institution for the project applied for. The administrating institution for the project must be a public institution and/or nonprofit organization, including educational institutions, municipalities, research institutions, museums or associations in the Danish Realm.

Private companies may apply for grants for noncommercial projects with nonprofit aims. In this case, the company will be the administrating institution for the project.

The Foundation has three calls for applications in 2024 within natural science education and outreach:

  • Project grants for natural science education and informal learning environments
  • Project grants for novel science communication and public dialogue,
  • Project grants for strengthening vocational- and profession-oriented education within technology, sustainability, and health

It is only possible to be the main applicant on one application in these calls. Co-applicants are not subject to similar rules. Applications submitted for the calls Project grants for novel science communication and public dialogue or Project grants for strengthening vocational- and profession-oriented education within technology, sustainability, and health will not be considered in this call.

The information and guidelines for applicants provide more information on the general rules for applications.

To be eligible for a grant for a research project or research fellowship, the applicant must have a PhD degree or similar qualifications and have a commitment for hosting from an administering institution. Applicants for a research fellowship may not simultaneously be responsible for a major research project.

 

 

About the grants

Amount

Up to DKK 6 Million per grant

Location

Denmark

Committee

Committee on Science Education and Outreach

Contact

Contact regarding content: Thomas Dyreborg Andersen. Contact regarding application/NORMA: Caroline Bjerring.
Thomas Dyreborg Andersen
Senior Project Manager
+45 7730 1501 [email protected]
Caroline Bjerring
Grant Manager
+45 2830 9687 [email protected]

Project field

Applicants may apply for projects within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research on the didactics of natural science and experiences with natural science and technology in leisure time. This includes funding for projects focusing on sustainability, climate, energy production, green transition and health including the following subjects: Crafts and Design (Håndværk og Design) and Food science (Madkundskab)

Education projects may target childcare centers, primary and lower secondary schools and upper secondary schools as well as Bachelor of Education (teacher education) and Bachelor of Social Education (pedagogue education). It is furthermore possible to include students from the Bachelor of Education and the Bachelor of Social Education in projects if the projects are aimed at collaborative practice in childcare centres and/or primary and lower secondary schools.

For example, applicants may apply for grants for:

  • Developing and implementing methods, materials and resources for science pedagogy as well as teaching in natural and scientific subjects, including mathematics
  • science competitions, special offers for talented students and activities targeting specific groups of children and students
  • development projects for improving the competencies of teachers and early-childhood educators (note that applicants may only apply for grants to participate in continuing education programmes that have been developed in the development project for which a grant has been applied).

 

  •  Projects focusing on artificial intelligence, computational thinking and democratic digital education

 

Research on the didactics of natural science carried out through projects or fellowships must be based at a university or university college in Denmark.

Leisure projects may target children, young people, families and/or the general public. For example, applications may cover natural science activity centers, museums, leisure activities or summer schools.

The project activities must be addressed to target groups within the Danish Realm.

Funding

A total of up to DKK 50 million is available in fall 2024, for grants between DKK 100.000-6,000,000 for projects of up to 6 years duration.

Applicants may apply for funding for salary, costs for operating, equipment, travel, publication, conference participation, collaborative activities, project supplement (Danish universities), and administrative costs (where relevant) and will be further described in the application guidelines.

 

The project may be an independent, delimited project or a part of a larger project that is also supported by other partners.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation will not award grants for:

  • Commercial activities
  • buildings
  • overhead (such as rent, electricity, water and maintenance)

 

The information and guidelines for applicants provide information on which types of expenses applicants may apply for funding for.

Language

The application system is in English, but applications can be submitted in either Danish or English. The language chosen will not influence the assessment of the application.

Application process

The application must be completed and submitted using NNF’s online application and grant management system, NORMA.

Before applying, it is important that applicants read all information and guidelines for applicants as they contain detailed information on the application process.

Read more in the guidelines which will be available at this website before 20 June 2024.

 

To be eligible for a grant for a research project or research fellowship, the applicant must upload a commitment letter for hosting from an administering institution, which must confirm that the applicant will be employed during the grant period.

Assessment criteria

The Foundation’s Committee on Science Education and Outreach will assess the applications based on the following criteria:

  • The project’s consistency with the purpose of the call for applications
  • the capacity and qualifications of the applicant and the applicant’s institution
  • The quality of the project for the discipline
  • the relevance and importance of the proposed project, and how it builds on any existing knowledge and initiatives
  • the project plan, method and feasibility of the project to be implemented, including plan for evaluation and knowledge-sharing
  • Expected benefit for the target group and in relation to knowledge building
  • the capacity and qualifications of any co-applicants and collaboration partners
  • if relevant to the application, the embeddedness, originality, scalability and opportunities for disseminating the project throughout Denmark
  • If relevant, the research environment and research excellence.

 

The call text is subject to changes before 20 June 2024.

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