External funding


EU Opportunities

Horizon Europe Cluster 6 Work programme 2023-2024

Please find the final draft on Horizon Europe Cluster 6 – Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment work programme 2023-24. Although this draft still has to be accepted by the commission this is to be considered practically final.

Find below the announced (tentative) deadlines for the various cluster 6 destination.

2023 Calls

Tentative closing date

Single Stage topics

2-stage topics


Destination 7


Destinations 1, 3 and 4

Destination 3 (first stage)


Destinations 2, 5 and 6

Destination 2 (first stage)


Destination 3 (2 stage)

Second stage


Destination 2 (2 stage)

Second stage

Soil Mission Work Programme 2023-2024:

Find the latest draft on the work programme here

Relevant themes ‘Adaption to Climate Change’ deadline 27 April 2023 and ‘A Soil deal for Europe’ deadline 27 September 2023

Danish and bilateral calls

AgriFoodTure partnership - Call 2 for pool 2 projects

Like in 2022 the call is governed using the Grand Solutions rules and guidelines

Deadline for submission is 17 April 2023.

As before, the calling for project applications will be within all five tracks of the published AgiFoodTure-roadmap:

1. Land use and management

2. Animal-based food production

3. Plant-based food production

4. Biotech-based food production & alternative protein sources

5. Cross-cutting aspects

The budget of the call is DKK 75 million and the investment per project is from DKK 3 million to DKK 15 million.

The project period can last a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 4 years.

Within this specific call, the wish is to see larger projects that has potential for substantial impact on the mission goals towards 2030.

For more information you'll find the call text here


The Ministry of Education and Research opens applications for EUopSTART grants - First deadline in 2023 - 25 April

You can apply for grants for expenses in connection with writing your application to Horizon Europe (incl. partnerships and missions).

An EUopSTART grant covers 50% of the your expenses during the grant period (max. DKK 75,000)

The grant period is defined as the period from when you submit your application to EUopSTART until the application deadline for Horizon Europe.

The expenses must belong to one of these categories:

• Salary

• Travel

• Consulting services

The deadline for submitting the application is 25 April 2023 at 12.00

The full announcement for EUopSTART is published on the website of the Ministry of Education and Research.

Food & Bio Cluster open call - Deadline 8 May 2023

Food & Bio Cluster Denmark supports collaboration projects with a focus on the development of new innovative solutions that contributes with solutions within Food & Bio Cluster Denmark's 4 strategic benchmarks:

  • To provide sustainable food that is tasty, healthy and safe to a growing world population
  • To provide solutions for sustainable production and efficient utilization of bioresources at the highest possible value
  • To ensure a sustainable green transformation of the cluster towards climate neutrality
  • To take advantage of the opportunities in technology development within e.g. biotech, digitization and automation in full

Your project must involve a minimum of 2 partners, where the main applicant must be an SME and a member of Food & Bio Cluster Denmark.

Up to DKK 900,000 in total budget can be applied for, with 50% support from Innovationskraft ERST.

The partnership can be based on interaction between companies and knowledge institutions, but also on partnerships between smaller companies, entrepreneurs and larger companies that are active in the food and bioresources area.

Next deadline for this call is 28 August 2023

International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS ) has an open call Organic RDD9 - Deadline 22 May 2023

Call text available here: https://lbst.dk/fileadmin/user_upload/NaturErhverv/Filer/Tilskud/GUDP-tilskud/Organic_RDD/OrgRDD9_call_UK.pdf

Innovation Fund Denmark Grand Solutions 'Green research, technology and innovation' is open - Deadline 1 June 2023

The Innovation Fund Denmark has now launched this year’s Grand Solutions calls, divided into the three themes Apply for investment | Innovationsfonden:

- Digitalisation, technology and innovation

- Green research, technology development and innovation
- Life science, health and welfare technology

Reference text and guidelines are available now, E-grant will open no later than 1 April 2023, and application deadline is 1 June 2023. If you are interested in applying for a Grand Solutions project, please contact the RSO specialist team (e-mails below) as soon as possible and no later than April 1, 2023. Please indicate whether you are the coordinator or a partner.


The RSO specialist team can support coordinators in the application process in different ways:  


  • Start-up meetings to discuss the project idea/unmet need, consortium formation, the business case, the value chain and the impact, etc.
  • Support on budget preparation
  • Feedback on the written application


Applicants who are partners in an Grand Solutions project can only receive support on budget preparation and on application-related formalities.



Novo Nordic Foundation supports synergy projects - Deadline 1 June 2023 or 31 August depending of maturity of the project

NNF is supporting interdiciplinary synergy projects that explores un-tested, high-risk/high-gain ideas with potential future applications within health or sustainability. If  you allready have the team and  pilot data providing basis for continuing into a more complex and expanded project stage the applicants are encouraged to consider the Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme  - Deadline is 1 June 2023

If there at the application stage exists no pilot data, the applicants are encouraged to consider the Exploratory Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme - Deadline 31 August 2023

Application opportunities

Danish Research Council for Independent Research

Research Council for Nature and Universe (FNU)

Research Council for Technology and Production (FTP)

Read more about the autumn 2021 and spring 2022 calls here.


Ass. Européenne des Expositions Scientifiques

EIT Climate

EIT Food

EU - Regionalfonden

EU- Erasmus

European Commission

European Food Safety Autority

European Regional Development Fund




Horizon 2020 Part I Excellent Science  Øvrige

Horizon 2020 Part I Excellent Science ERC

Horizon 2020 Part I Excellent Science MSCA

Horizon 2020 Part II Industrial Leadership

Horizon 2020 Part III Societal Challenges

Horizon 2020 Øvrige

Interreg Interreg IV A

The European Enviroment Agency

Danish National Research Foundation

Programkomiteen for Bæredygtig energi og Miljø

Programkomiteen for Sundhed, fødevarer og velfærd

Foreign private foundations

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

ISTA Secretariat

Stiftelsen Lantbruksforskning

Foreing public (non-EU) foundations

BONUS Science for a better


NordForsk (Norden)


Nordisk Ministerråd (Nordic Council of Ministers)

NorFa (Nordforsk)

Help and guidance

EU counseling and financing help | Two websites provide easy and understandable explanation of Horizon 2020 and an overview of the seven steps from project idea to completion in the H2020 process. Read more about the two websites here. 

In connection with EU applications, it is mandatory for all employees at AU to have these approved at the Research Support Office before sending. Read more here.

See the Research Support Office's website for information on possible sources of funding. Here is also guidance on using the researchprofessional.com site. AGRO's partner in the research support unit is Rikke Rochat.

AGRO advice and guidance (especially international applications): Torsten Rødel Berg

Here you will find the forms you need to calculate budgets for applications (DK). Remember that all budgets for applications must be reviewed by the institute's controller (Carsten Sødrup) before sending.