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Grants to employees of public research and educational institutions and hospitals who have research results with commercial or societal potential that require clarification or maturation.


Employees who conduct research at Danish research and educational institutions or hospitals. You must not have established a company based on knowledge in relation to the project.


Co-financing of expenses for employees' salaries, fees for external, project-specific materials and overhead for the institution.

How much?

We invest in projects from DKK 500,000 to DKK 1.5 million. The project can last up to 12 months.

A contact person has been appointed at each institution, whom you must contact in order to involve the institution as early as possible in the application process.

List of contacts and signatories

Read more about Innoexplorer 

September 1, 2021, at 12.00
Application deadline
Week 39 (September 27 - October 1, 2021)
Panel meetings
Week 41 (11 - 15 October 2021)
Response to application
26. januar 2022
1. Ansøgningsfrist

Åbner for ansøgning d. 8. december 2021.

Uge 10-11
Forventet panelmøder
27. april 2022
2. Ansøgningsfrist

Åbner for ansøgning d.16. marts 2022.

Uge 22-23
Forventet panelmøder
28. september 2022
3. Ansøgningsfrist

Åbner for ansøgning d.31. august 2022.

Uge 45-46
Forventet panelmøder
The program
Who can apply?
Open section, Who can apply?

Innoexplorer is targeted at employees at public research and educational institutions and hospitals (hereafter referred to as institutions), who have achieved research results with commercial potential and who aim to establish a business based on these results.                                    

The idea may originate from any subject area, and it does not have to be protected by a patent or similar. However, the idea must be innovative, i.e. offer new solutions in the form of new behaviour and/or new products, services, processes or technologies, and once marketed, the expected solution should distinguish itself from other solutions addressing the same need.                                 

The main applicant must conduct research as part of their employment. It is a precondition for receiving funding via the Innoexplorer programme that the applicant or members of the team have played a key role in generating the knowledge and the results on which the project is based.                           

It is, as a rule, a precondition for receiving funding that the institution is involved in the application process and has assured the quality of the entrepreneurial idea. This ensures that the knowledge or results on which the project is based are of a high quality, have significant commercial potential and are consistent with the objective of the Innoexplorer programme.  

What can I apply for investment for?
Open section, What can I apply for investment for?

Innoexplorer invests in projects with a clear commercial purpose, and where the objective of starting a business based on the entrepreneurial idea is considered a natural continuation of this effort, either immediately following the completion of the Innoexplorer project or further down the road towards creating a viable product or service.

Common to all Innoexplorer investments is that the applicant must be able to substantiate that starting a business – e.g. a start-up, spin-out, non-for-profit or social enterprise – is indeed their main objective with regard to the entrepreneurial idea.

Through the Innoexplorer program, investments are made in early entrepreneurial ideas. For an idea to be at an early stage means that it is still at a pre-commercial stage, but is based on knowledge or research results, which, according to the institution with which the applicant is employed, are promising and sufficiently mature for launching a process towards commercialisation. 

Innoexplorer projects can fall within at least one of the following three themes or the non-theme specific funds:

  • Green research, technology development and innovation
  • Life science, health and welfare technology
  • Strategic and challenge-driven innovation within new technologies
How much money can I apply for?
Open section, How much money can I apply for?

Innoexplorer invests between DKK 500,000 and 1.5 million in each project (incl. overhead).  


What can the money finance?
Open section, What can the money finance?

The investment can cover:

  • Wages for employees at the institution             
  • Fees for external actors/services                      
  • Expenses for materials and equipment.


How long can a project last?
Open section, How long can a project last?

Innoexplorer projects can last up to 12 months from start to finish

How do I apply
Open section, How do I apply

You must complete and submit your application online via the electronic application system E-grant.

Before you can create an application, the main applicant must register as a system user with a user name and password or using NemID.

You create a new application by finding the right programme under ‘Search options’ and pressing ‘Start application’. Please note that the list of search options is arranged alphabetically, and that the names of all Innovation Fund Denmark programmes begin with ‘IF’.

You may write your application in Danish or English.

You can find a guide to E-grant on the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s website.

The application must, as a rule, contain a statement of support signed by the person at the main applicant’s institution responsible for Innoexplorer projects. The statement of support (template), a list of persons responsible for the Innoexplorer programme and contact persons are available below. 

Please be aware that there may be an internal process at the institution that precedes the Innoexplorer application deadline.

Contact persons and appointed authorised signatories
Open section, Contact persons and appointed authorised signatories



Karen Laigaard,, +45 3532 7054

Hanne Junker Elmelund,, +45 3059 0854 



Anette Poulsen Miltoft,, +45 8715 3238

Morten Holmager, +45 9350 8718,



Sign. and Contactperson:
Thomas Schmidt,, +45 6550 7547



Teamleder Lene Lillebro,, +4546742332

Specialkonsulent Robert Pederson,, +4546743859



Peter Rasmussen,, +45 9940 9335

Jens Frede Rasmussen,, +45 9940 7189



Stine Kruse,, +45 2281 6843

Michael Persson,, +45 6054 4031



Jane Finnerup Johnsen, , +45 2893 6924

Anne Bjerring Jensen,,  +45 3815 2058



Jens Christian Godskesen,, +45 7218 5276

Lene Dahl Prahm,, +45 7218 5159



Henrik Ullum:, +45 32 68 37 33

Michael Andersson,, +45 3268 8399 



Afventer afklaring

Afventer afklaring



Afventer afklaring

Afventer afklaring




Lene Mosegaard Søberg,, 7266 5228

Jesper von Seelen,, +45 7266 5257



David Mayntz,, +457269 0327

Lone Varn Johannsen,, +45 7269 0794



Kathrine Krageskov Eriksen,, +45 7248 2646

Mette Saaby Nymark,, +45 7248 2633


Poul Skov Dahl,

Conny Wang Hansen,


Erik Løvgren Brejner,, +45 8755 4411

Mads Lykke Berggreen,, telefon: +45 8755 1843



Tobias Lindeberg,, +45 45 5163 2570

Karina Skov Lisberg,, +45 5138 0547



Region Hovedstaden

David Meinke,, +45 2134 3356

Camilla Krogh Christensen,, +45 2015 4469

Region Sjælland

Mahad Mussa Huniche,, +45 5787 5283

Bo Borg Mikkelsen,, +45 9357 7617

Lotte Sivertsen,, +45 2927 1918

Region Syddanmark


Thomas Schmidt,, +45 6550 7547

Region Midtjylland

Jesper Bredmose Simonsen,, +45 4012 1194

Jørgen Schøler Kristensen,, +45 2016 3201

Region Nordjylland

Chantelle Dana Driever,, 2199 9227

Jane Bjerregaard Rasmussen,, 22 47 41 04

What must the application contain?
Open section, What must the application contain?

The application form asks you to provide a short summary of the project as well as a statement of, and a brief account of, how the project fits into the chosen theme or the non-theme specific funds. You must also state various information, e.g. personal data on the main applicant and, where relevant, the team members and the CVR and P-numbers of the institution with which the main applicant is employed.

When completing the application form, you will be asked to related to Innoexplorer’s assessment criteria:

  • Quality of the idea                  
  • Impact                   
  • Quality in execution                                            

The application must also include a budget and, as a rule, a statement of support from the institution.

It is also possible to attach an illustration of the entrepreneurial idea, relevant data, project plan et cetera.

Assessment of application
How does the assessment process take place?
Open section, How does the assessment process take place?

If the application meets the formal requirements, Innovation Fund Denmark invites the applicant to present the project to the Innoexplorer Panel Committee. The Panel Committee’s assessment is based on the 3 assessment criteria and whether the project falls within the group of project types funded by the programme.

Panel meetings are held on one of a series of fixed dates announced for each call on this website. The Innovation Fund Denmark expects to inform all applicants of whether they have been invited to present their project at a panel meeting, and on which date, no later than two weeks before the meeting. The time of the panel meeting cannot be changed.

At the panel meeting, you must give a short presentation of your entrepreneurship idea. You can choose to hold your presentation in Danish or English. The presentation will be followed by a short Q&A session, where the panel will ask questions to determine to which extent the application meets the assessment criteria.                                

You are welcome to invite the contact person at your institution or other resource persons to the presentation.                                                                                                       

Each project is subjected to an individual assessment. Based on the Panel Committee’s pre-assessment and the panel meeting, the Committee will after the panel meeting recommend the application for approval or rejection.                                                                                          

The Panel Committes´s recommedations are submitted to Innovation Fund Denmark’s secretariat, which makes the final decision.                                                                    

Please note that the assessment process is the same for all submitted applications. Reapplications or sequential applications are therefore treated as new applications.

Who judges the application?
Open section, Who judges the application?

A panel will be appointed for each individual panel meeting comprising a chairperson or deputy chairperson and three-four members. All members of the Committee are subject to confidentiality obligations and requirements regarding legal capacity. An overview of the Innoexplorer Panel Committee is available on this website.

How is your application assessed?
Open section,  How is your application assessed?

Your application is assessed on the basis of the following three assessment criteria:   

  • Quality of the idea                        
  • Impact                
  • Quality of execution                                               

A final assessment is made on the basis of the three assessment criteria, which are weighed equally in the assessment.                      

You can read more about the individual assessment criteria in the Innoexplorer guidelines.

How do I get a response to my application?
Open section, How do I get a response to my application?

Once all the submitted applications have been evaluated and a final decision has been made, all applicants will receive an answer to their application in writing through E-grant. When a decision is available in E-grant, the main applicant will be informed via email.                                   

If your application has been rejected, you are welcome to ask for a short feedback conversation. Here, an Innovation Fund Denmark employee will offer to clarify the Panel Committee’s assessment of your application. You are welcome to invite your contact person in the institution to the conversion.  

When will I receive a response to my application?
Open section, When will I receive a response to my application?

Innovation Fund Denmark aims to answer applications as fast as possible. However, the number of applications varies significantly from call to call, and the Fund is therefore unable to establish a timeframe for its evaluation of your application. You can read more about the expected processing time of the application round in question at this website

From approval to start-up of project
What happens after my application is approved?
Open section, What happens after my application is approved?

If your application is granted, the main applicant will receive a grant letter in E-grant. The letter must be signed and accepted within four weeks.                                                                  

Once you have done so, the main applicant will be a grant holder and able to access the Innoexplorer investment via E-grant under ‘Grant’

When can the project start?
Open section, When can the project start?

The project cannot begin until the approval has been accepted electronically via E-grant. The project must begin on the project start date provided in the application and no later than four months after you have received the grant letter.

During the project
How is the investment paid out?
Open section, How is the investment paid out?

The Innoexplorer investment will be disbursed to the institution by which the main applicant is employed. 85 % of the grant will be disbursed as one payment at the start of the project period, while the remaining 15 % will be disbursed after the project end date and Innovation Fund Denmark has approved the accounts and final report

Do I have to submit accounts or report during the project?
Open section, Do I have to submit accounts or report during the project?

No. You are only required to submit accounts and a final report at the end of the Innoexplorer project period.  

What happens if I can not keep the plan?
Open section, What happens if I can not keep the plan?

The applicant and institution are obliged to pass all significant information onto Innovation Fund Denmark.                        

You must immediately inform the Fund  if there is changes to the basis for the investment or if the project does not progress as planned,in order to get the Fund’s approval of the continued process. This includes significant changes to the project period or project partners, the topic, activities, objectives and milestones etc. and any interruption of the project.                                                 

Following a concrete assessment, Innovation Fund Denmark and the applicant may agree on adjustments to the ongoing project, e.g. activities, project partners, budget distribution, or if you wish to terminate the project before the end date, e.g. because you wish to start a business or have received funding from another source.    

Requests for changes must be approved by Innovation Fund Denmark prior to their implementation. Approval of changes presupposes that the changes have been substantiated.                                           

If you wish to make changes to the project that affect the budget, you must submit a request via E-grant. In the request, you must substantiate the change and provide a revised budget. The revised budget must be completed in the Excel template available at this website

What should I do when completing the project?
Open section, What should I do when completing the project?

The project ends automatically at the stated project end date. You will receive notification via E-grant when it is time to submit the final material.  At the end of the project, you must complete an evaluation of the process, produce a short final report and submit the final accounts. These documents must be submitted no later than one month after the end of the project period. In addition, Innovation Fund Denmark may choose to invite you to an evaluation meeting to learn more about the project.                                                              

Once the Fund has approved this material, it will disburse the last 15 % of the investment.


Contact Innovation Fund Denmark
Open section, Contact Innovation Fund Denmark


T: +45 61 90 50 00

Phone hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 9.00-12.00

E-grant technical questions?

Contact e-grant support

T: +45 33 92 91 90

Weekdays: 09.00-12.00

If you have submitted an application or have a grant from Innovation Fund Denmark, please contact us via your case in e-grant.