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Novo Nordisk Foundation opens for applications for grants for natural science communication and debate using novel communication platforms

Strengthening public debate and providing inspiration for new knowledge on natural science are the focus of the thematic application round recently launched by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Photo: Lars Svankjær

Natural science is key to understanding the world, and by allocating DKK 30 million, the Novo Nordisk Foundation wants to support projects that strengthen knowledge about this subject among the general public and improve the quality of the public debate.

“With this application round, we will open up a world of creative, innovative projects that can inspire us all to learn more about natural science. The projects will enable us to gain insight into the latest research results and strengthen the public debate on everything from biomedical research to sustainability,” says Berith Bjørnholm, Senior Programme Manager and Head of Grants, Education & Outreach, Novo Nordisk Foundation.

All the projects should aim to encourage reflection and strengthen each individual’s knowledge and critical attitudes towards natural science, and the topics can be wide-ranging. For example, the projects may investigate climate, health or the positive and negative effects of technological development. They may use new communication channels and media and help guard against fake news.

Science for everyone
The projects may target children, young people and/or the general public. All types of media and instruments may be used. For example, applicants may apply for grants for events, media productions, science journalism and communication via social media.

The grants range from DKK 100,000 to DKK 6 million for projects that last up to 6 years. The deadline for applications is 10 September 2019 at 2 PM.

The autumn application round in education and outreach includes the two thematic calls of project grants for mathematics in science and technology and project grants for communication and debate on science and technology and the recurring call of project grants for natural science education and outreach, which opens for applications on 3 September 2019.

The two themes in this year’s thematic application rounds originated from recommendations from several experts and actors in science education and with inspiration from the Foundation’s previous application rounds in natural science education and outreach.

Read more about the new call for applications, criteria for eligibility and the application process here.

Further information

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