BII Proof of Concept (PoC) Program

Open for applications on
2019, 2 pm (CET)
Award amount:
Up to DKK 7.5 mio. available for granting
Announcement of results:
Dec 2019

The call text and guidelines have been revised following the previous call. Note the following changes: Start-ups are no longer eligible to apply for this call, and it is no longer possible to add co-applicants.


BioInnovation Institute (BII) promotes collaborative, interdisciplinary, research-based innovation within the life sciences, and helps build viable start-up companies with the necessary skills to ensure such innovations become widely available for the benefit of human welfare and society.

The BII Proof of Concept (PoC) Program stimulates the establishment of preliminary proof of concept of ideas/technologies in early-stage life science research projects in Denmark motivated by a market approach. The objective of the grant is to stimulate projects with a clear commercial focus to translate new discoveries into solutions that benefit human welfare and society.


The PoC Program supports novel research innovations that are about to enter the technical proof of concept phase with the potential to impact human health.

Support is provided for life science ideas/technologies that may lead to the development of new products and/or applications with a commercial potential within biomedicine, medtech, industrial and biotechnology.


  • Applicants for the PoC Program must have obtained a master’s degree in the field of life science research or an equivalent qualification at the time of application.
  • The applicants can be faculty members, researchers or employees based at universities, hospitals, or other research Institutes in Denmark. Associated with the application, a housing agreement covering the grant period must be submitted from the host institution.
  • Simultaneous applications for BII’s program Proof of Concept and Creation House or Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Exploratory Pre-Seed Program are not accepted.
  • Only one PoC grant per applicant/department/research group or activities related to the same project is permitted.
  • If an applicant submits the same (or a very similar) application in two consecutive application rounds without being granted funding, the applicant will be quarantined from applying for PoC grants for the next round, except if the project is of a very different character and focus. Change of indication is not considered sufficient.


Funding is available for a maximum of DKK 1 million over a period of maximum 12 months.

The PoC grant is limited to cover expenses for activities such as:

– Salary for staff (not main applicant)
– Research activities, e.g. testing and experiments
– Development of MVP, prototypes
– Publications
– IPR and patent expenses not related to Tech Transfer
– Commercialization cost, i.e. market analysis

Funding cannot be used for:

– Overhead (e.g. insurance, telephone or utilities)
– Personal (applicant) salary
– Conferences and travel


The application should be completed and submitted using the electronic application system, which can be accessed from this link:


The PoC Program application requires a max. of 5,000 characters and an optional supplementary slide-deck of max. 4 slides (on top of the 4 illustrations), and it must cover, but is not limited to the following areas:

– Overview of the research team
– Description of current scientific results and data
– Description of feasibility studies and approach for the PoC activities, including scientific and commercial aspects (as applicable)
– Clarification of current IPR status including ownership, licensing agreements
– Project plan, including an overview of scientific milestones
– Short vision on how to bridge the PoC further into commercialization

Allowed uploads

Please also upload short CVs (max 2 pages) for all research team members, a host letter from the applicant’s institution, and quotes for project work, if applicable in the proposed project.


In addition to the application, we ask for a budget submission in the system.

It is important that applicants carefully read “Information and Guidelines for Applicants”, before initiating the application process, as this document contains the complete call as well as detailed instructions for the application process.


The BioInnovation Institute’s PoC selection committee will evaluate the applications and base their assessment and recommendation on the following criteria:

  • The scientific excellence of the applicant
  • Significance and originality of the idea
  • Commercial potential and impact on health, patients or society
  • The suggested approach for further development

The BII Board of Directors makes the final decision based on the recommendations from the committee.

The call for the BII PoC Program follows the schedule below:

Call opens: May 16, 2019
Call closes: August 26, 2019, 2 pm
Notification: December 2019
Earliest start date: January 2020

Cathrine Nygaard Christensen
Grants and Loans Specialist
+45 7730 1572
Hervør Lykke Olsen
Senior Scientific Business Developer
+45 7730 1527

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