External funding


EU Opportunities

Eco-Ready Open Call on establishing Living Labs within the Agri-Food sector.

Date of submission 31 August

Under the auspices of  AnaEE-ERIC and the off-shoot  AgroServ (Research Infrastructures) project,  Eco-Ready is an ‘observatory of the food system’ and a newly opened call aims to set up 10 living labs networks that will feed data into the observatory, viz:

● Provide short- and long-term local case studies for resilience building strategies across a broad geographical distribution;

● Connect different types of LLs (geographical, climatic, thematic) to share knowledge and tackle interdisciplinary problems related to food security and resilience;

● Form a lasting partnership between the network of Living Labs and the observatory for easier data collection and exchange.

The total grant amount is EUR 4 million and each network will receive EUR 400.000, with partners in the network receiving between EUR 60.000- 200.000. Networks – or projects last up to 24 months and should consist of 2-5 living labs, of which at least one is scientific and another one represents a ‘user community’.

Two living labs will be allocated to the Nordic-Baltic region, and should ‘investigate’ 3 out of five general (animals,  feed, vegetables, cereals, honey) and two of 3 regionally specific (fish, sugar beets, rapeseed) product types.   

Exactly what the project means by ‘investigation’ is a bit fuzzy but does appear to imply the creation of model-based scenarios, testing these in relation to climate-related challenges (climate shocks, management of water and land resources) and contributing to plans and policy  for selected food products for ensuring food supply & security.

Contact Torsten Rødel Berg torsten.berg@agro.au.dk for more info

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

The First call of the Green Era-Hub is now open. Handled by the GUDP

Deadlines:  Pre-registration July 20, 12:00h CEST. Full proposal submission is September 7, 12:00h CEST.

The Green Era Hib is seeking research proposals that focus on enhancing the sustainability and resilience of the agri-food system. From climate-smart agriculture and precision farming to circular economies and sustainable supply chains, we welcome contributions across various areas. If your research can unlock new solutions, technologies, or practices that benefit farmers, consumers, and the environment, they want to hear from you! There are 4 topics:

  • Topic 1: Enhance fertilizer efficiency and reduce fertilizer use
  • Topic 2: Increase European protein self sufficiency
  • Topic 3: Mitigate GHG emissions in agricultural and food system
  • Topic 4: Sustainable energy use and production in agri-food systems

Project duration is up to 48 months, and Danish research institutions can apply for EUR 325.000 out of a total Danish pot of EUR 750.000. Se the national rules and regulations and other submission documents here


Note there will be a webinar for applicants on 20th of June 2023, 11:00 CEST (max. 60 min). To register, please follow this link: https://ptj-fzj.webex.com/weblink/register/r5b2bbddc98487692b7b3ff01d02a5c2f. Upon registration, you will receive an email containing the connection details for the webinar. Slides will be available in the download area after the webinar. Please be aware that the webinar might be recorded.

Contact Torsten Rødel Berg torsten.berg@agro.au.dk for more info

Fonden for Økologisk Landbrug – Plantebaserede Fødevarer (dl 26 Sept)


Fellowships at MIT


Independent Research Fund Denmark

Independent Research Fund Denmark Autum round programme is now published - Deadlines for Sapere Aude: 10 October, DFF2: 11 October, and International Postdoctoral Grant: 31 October.

Innovation Fund Denmark

Innovation Fund Denmark calls for Industrial Postdoc's or PhD's in the private and public sector (Among themes supported is 'Climate-friendly agriculture and food production' and 'Nature and biodiversity') - Deadline 12 September

AUFF NOVA  - Call for applications - Deadline 15 September

The AUFF NOVA initiative aims to stimulate courageous and innovative research projects of high quality – projects that may have difficulties obtaining funding elsewhere. The project must be pioneering in its field and show clear potential for scientific breakthroughs. The hypothesis or problem behind the project may require development of new methods and it may challenge existing paradigms. In the evaluation of applications for AUFF NOVA, the scientific potential and the originality of the project will be given higher weight than the CV of the applicant.

If relevant, multi-disciplinary elements and synergies within the proposed research team should be clearly identified.


In 2022 two types of grants are available in the AUFF NOVA scheme for a total of DKK 50,000,000:

1) Small projects (grants up to DKK 500,000)

2) Big projects (grants up to DKK 2,500,000)

The intention is that the frame for AUFF NOVA will be divided equally between the two types of grant. Project duration is 1-2 years for the small projects and 3-4 years for the big projects.


AUFF NOVA is available for researchers with a permanent position at Aarhus University. Applicants must be employed at Aarhus University during the whole project period, and the research must be carried out at Aarhus University.

Find more information on AUFF NOVA here

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.