The Novo Nordisk Foundation wants to support general science education and cultivate interest, knowledge and competencies in natural science and technology among children, young people and the general population in Denmark.
Applicants may apply for projects within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research on the didactics of natural science and experiences with natural science and technology in leisure time.
Education projects may target childcare centers, primary and lower secondary schools and upper secondary schools. For example, applicants may apply for grants for:
- developing and implementing methods, materials and resources for STEM teaching and learning in science;
- science competitions, special offers for talented students and activities targeting specific groups of children and students; and
- development projects for improving the competencies of teachers and early-childhood educators (note that applicants may only apply for grants to participate in continuing education programmes that have been developed in the development project for which a grant has been applied).
Research on the didactics of natural science carried out through projects or fellowships must be based at a university or university college in Denmark.
Leisure projects may target children, young people, families and/or the general public. For example, applications may cover natural science activity centers, museums, leisure activities or summer schools.
The project activities must be addressed to target groups within the Danish Realm.
During the grant period, the applicant must be a leader at or responsible for a project at the administrating institution for the project applied for. The administrating institution for the project must be a public institution and/or nonprofit organization, including educational institutions, municipalities, research institutions, museums or associations in the Danish Realm.
Private companies may apply for grants for noncommercial projects with nonprofit aims. In this case, the company will be the administrating institution for the project.
The Foundation has four calls for applications in 2021 within natural science education and outreach. A person may only be the main applicant for one application in these four calls. Co-applicants are not subject to similar rules.
Projects which fall within the call for Project grants for natural science education and informal learning environments – Fall 2021, Project grants for innovative science communication and debate – 2021 or Project Grants for vocational education and training will not be considered in this call.
The information and guidelines for applicants provide more information on the general rules for applications.
To be eligible for a grant for a research project or research fellowship, the applicant must have a PhD degree or similar qualifications and have a commitment for hosting from an administering institution. Applicants for a research fellowship may not simultaneously be responsible for a major research project.
A total of up to DKK 15 million is available in spring 2021, for grants between DKK 100,000-3,000,000 for projects of up to 5 years duration.
The project may be an independent, delimited project or a part of a larger project that is also supported by other partners.
The Novo Nordisk Foundation will not award grants for:
- commercial activities;
- buildings; and
- overhead (such as rent, electricity, water and maintenance)
The information and guidelines for applicants provide information on which types of expenses applicants may apply for funding for.