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Novo Nordisk Foundation continues to support children and young people learning about science

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has just awarded grants totalling DKK 50 million for science during and outside school hours and is providing opportunities to apply for grants within four new application rounds in 2020. Photo: Bugging Denmark.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has just awarded grants for projects on science education and outreach for the third time. Seventeen projects have received a total of DKK 50 million; new, innovative projects have thereby been launched and existing successful projects have had the opportunity to consolidate and expand.

Edible insects and a science treasure hunt
The grants will provide access for students in Denmark’s primary and lower secondary schools to a school farm with edible insects at Bugging Denmark, and the Association of Danish Pupils is expanding its Danish championship scheme with championships in physics & chemistry and the natural sciences.

During leisure time, for example, children, young people and parents can look forward to an update of the popular Woop App of the Danish Guide and Scout Association for treasure hunting and orienteering based on science subjects. Meanwhile, VIA University College is focusing on early-childhood educators with a research and development project on the preschool curriculum theme of Nature, Outdoor Life and Science.

The Foundation will support more projects in 2020
The Foundation sees great potential in the many diverse projects and is pleased to continue supporting this grant area with four new application rounds in 2020.

“We believe that learning about science is key to children and young people being able to act in a world characterized by rapid technological development. That is why we are excited to see so many innovative projects that can strengthen the interest, knowledge and skills of children and young people in science and technology,” says Berith Bjørnholm, Senior Programme Manager, Education & Outreach, Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Four application rounds in 2020
In 2020, the Foundation will invite grant applications in two rounds for projects on science education and leisure with the development of materials, methods and resources and for research on the didactics of the natural sciences and developing the competencies of teachers and early-childhood educators.

In addition, the Foundation will also open two application rounds, each with its own specific theme. In the spring, funding can be sought for projects that support “open school” collaborations to increase the science capital of children and young people by inspiring them towards education and career opportunities within science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Later in the year, the Foundation will invite applications for projects on science communication and debate using novel communication platforms.

Read more about the four calls for applications on the Foundation’s website.

Further information

Christian Mostrup Scheel, Senior Press Officer, phone: +45 3067 4805, [email protected]