Closed for applications

Agroecology 1. Call – Fostering Agroecology at Farm and Landscape Levels

The purpose of this call for proposals is to support transnational and transdisciplinary research and/or innovation projects addressing the agroecology transition of both conventional and organic farming systems. Projects are expected to study and implement agroecology at two geographic scales: Theme 1 – at the farm level and its immediate surroundings. Theme 2 – at the landscape or territorial level.

Who?

The call targets Danish universities, companies, industry organisations, local/regional governments, research organisations and NGOs. All Danish organizations directly involved in activities in the projects are eligible as applicants to Innovation Fund Denmark.

What?

Innovation Fund Denmark offers co-funding to Danish participants in projects successful in this call.

How much?

Innovation Fund Denmark has committed 1 mio. € to the call. The maximum funding amount is 500.000 EUR per project and maximum 300.000 EUR per Danish partner. Maximum funding rate may vary between 25-90% of the project costs, please see Guidelines for international projects.

Important dates
6. december 2023
Call pre-announcement
15 February 2024
Call announcement
5 March 2024
Webinar for applicants (registration required)
26 April 2024 (14:00h CEST)
Deadline for pre-proposals

14:00h CEST

19 September 2024, 14:00h CEST
Deadline for full-proposals

There may adjustments to the call, which is why the information here on the site is only indicative. In case of doubt or questions of interpretation, please refer to the call.

After the central application deadline Innovation Fund Denmark will invite applicants to upload a pdf of the application with annexes via the national e-grant platform. The invitation is normally sent approximately 2-4 weeks after the application deadline.

Non-public organisations will be requested to upload a ‘No undertaking in difficulty’ declaration. In addition, SME’s will be required to upload an ‘SME declaration’ and an ‘Ability to co-finance’ declaration. If requesting de minimis funding, then a ‘de minimis aid compliance form’ is required. The relevant documents can be found here.

For further information contact the Call Secretariat
- ptj-agroecology-call-office@fz-juelich.de 

For specific questions regarding funding rules of Innovation Fund Denmark, budgets or eligibility contact:
- internationale@innofond.dk or thorbjoern.moth.gilberg@innofond.dk, tel. 61905050.

General eligibility criteria and conditions for receiving project funding from Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD) will apply. Guidelines for international projects.

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Application
How do I apply?
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The application platform can be with an international secretariat or with IFD. This will be clear from the call announcement.

The main difference is that in EU Horizon partnerships and programmes under the Nordic Council of Ministers, the evaluation is conducted by international secretariats, while in EUREKA and bilateral programmes such evaluation is conducted by the national funding agencies in the countries that participate in the call.

Read more in our guidelines

Funding and funding rate
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The call text announced on the Innovation Fund Denmarks website defines a limit for our support to the project. The maximum amount per Danish partner in international projects is EUR 300,000. The maximum amount for all Danish partners, if the project has two or more Danish partners, is EUR 500,000.

The maximum investment rate may vary between 35-90% for each individual participant. Please see tables 1-4 in the Guidelines.

Read more in our guidelines

Note: Danish participation in the calls on our website is subject to the Danish Finance Act being passed in the year in which the funding decision is made.

From approval to the start of the project
From approval of application to start of the project
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Applicants will be notified either by the call secretariat or by Innovation Fund Denmark. In the following process each Danish project participant will through e-grant be invited to upload additional documents, within approximately 4 weeks, including:

  1. Acceptance of the terms and condition of the grant
  2. An individual budget sheet.
  3. A Gantt diagram.
  4. A signed Consortia Agreement.

 

Applicants should ensure that the right people have access to the file in e-grant.

Read more in our guidelines

Consortia Agreement
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In international projects the participants should not start project activities before the Consortia Agreement has been signed by all partners and sent to Innovation Fund Denmark. In special cases, IFD can allow for a start of the project before the Consortia Agreement has been signed and uploaded.

In the Consortia Agreement, the participants in the project decide:

  • how to use background and foreground knowledge
  • distribution of the project results
  • who will have/gain access to the project results,
  • rules for publication and publications of project data
  • the process for project participants leaving or entering the project etc.

Negotiating the Consortia Agreement is often time-consuming. We recommend that the participants start negotiations as soon as possible.

Read more in our guidelines

Questions and answers
Q&A - Introduction
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We have tried to gather the most frequently asked questions and answers below. We hope this answers some of your questions, and if not, please feel free to contact the program managers. See "Contact".

Q&A - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQ)
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Q1: We are two Danish partners in the project who are applying for funding from Innovation Fund Denmark. We can receive a maximum funding amount of EUR 500,000. Can one partner receive EUR 400,000 and the other EUR 100,000?

  • Answer: No, a maximum financing amount of EUR 300,000 per partner. However, it is correct that the total funding amount for Danish partners must be equal to or lower than EUR 500,000. This means that one partner can receive a maximum of EUR 300,000 and the other up to EUR 200,000. Also note that maximum funding rates applicable to the specific types of organizations still apply.

Q2: Is overhead included in the maximum funding?

  • Answer: Yes, specific overhead is included in the maximum funding from Innovation Fund Denmark, both in the maximum funding amount and the maximum funding rate. You can find specific overhead rates that apply to your organization in our guidelines. However, some types of organizations (eg regions and municipalities) do not receive overhead.

Q3: How do I calculate my financing rate?

  • Answer: The funding rate (also called the investment rate) is calculated by dividing the requested funding amount by the total budgeted costs for a single partner. This means that the total budgeted costs for a partner are the sum of the requested funding amount and the partner's own contribution to the budget.

Q4: Can I request a 100% financing rate?

  • Answer : No. It is expected that you partially contribute to your project activities. For example, if the maximum funding rate for your organization is 75%, you must contribute at least 25% to your own budget. If your funding request corresponds to a funding rate of 100%, your application will be considered ineligible.

Q5: Can my organization apply for several projects in the same search option?

  • Answer: Yes. But you are expected to participate in all the projects that are selected for funding. If you are an SME, you can though only submit one application per call. 

Q6: I have submitted my application to the call secretariat. Should I send it to Innovation Fund Denmark?

  • Answer: Yes. You will receive an invitation from Innovation Fund Denmark with further instructions on uploading your application for e-grant. This typically happens 2-4 weeks after the application deadline.

Q7: Is submitting a letter of intent the same as a pre-proposal?

  • Answer: Search options can be one-step or two-step. A two-step search option will request a pre-proposal and a full proposal. A one-step search option will only request a full proposal. Additionally, a search option may request a Letter of Intent at an early stage, but this is not the same as a pre-proposal.

Q8: When do I need to submit material in E-grant after I’ve received a grant?

  • Answer: You are required to submit the tasks “Consortium Agreement” and “Acceptance of the grant” as soon as possible. The latter will organize the E-grant tasks for the entirety of the project. After this, progress reports and financial statements must be submitted semi-annually, after the projects official starting date. However, it is possible for SME’s to request quarterly submission of financial reports. In addition, an auditor’s report must be submitted annually.

Q9: The auditor’s report task in E-grant. Should it be an independent, state-authorized auditors report?

  • Answer: Organizations under Rigsrevisionen must report using “Appendix 5”, and may be completed by the financial manager (økonomiansvarlige) other organizations must submit an independent auditors report prepared by an external state-authorized accountant. The company’s annual reports and management statements are not sufficient.
Contact
Contact
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General inquiry to International collaborations

 

Aila Lonka
Head of International Collaborations
+ 45 61905036
aila.lonka@innofond.dk

Daniel G. Marques
Investment Officer
+45 6190 5006
daniel.g.marques@innofond.dk

Thorbjørn Moth Gilberg
Investment Officer
+ 45 61905050
thorbjoern.moth.gilberg@innofond.dk

Stine Holm 
Investment Officer
+45 6190 5074
stine.holm@innofond.dk

Katrine Boeriis
Investment Officer
+45 6190 5092
katrine.boeriis@innofond.dk 

 

E-grant technical support?

Contact e-grant support

T: +45 33 92 91 90
E-mail: Support.e-grant@ufm.dk

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

Documents
Documents and declarations
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When applying for funding for an international project with Innovation Fund Denmark, a number of documentations are required.

The Danish applicants will be invited, via e-grant, when their file has opened. This usually happens within four weeks after the application deadline. The invitation includes the task described in 'From approval of appplication to start of the project' and the following additional documents, where applicable.

  • No undertaking in difficulty
    Declaration that the organisation does not hold the status of an undertaking in difficulty. This is a requirement for all applications from non-public enterprises and organisations.
     
  • SME-declaration
    Declaration that the small- or medium sized enterprise (SME) fulfills the requirement for an SME. This is a requirement for all applications from an SME.
     
  • De minimis aid Compliance
    As an alternative to investment rates under the State aid regulations, Danish SMEs can choose to be financed according to The European Commission’s de minimis regulation. If this is applied, the maximum investment for the SME in a three year period is EUR 300.000. Salary is then calculated based on a fixed hourly rate of DKK 750 (approx. EUR 100) per hour. This form is a requirement for applicants wishing to apply under the de minimis rules. Note: Special rules apply for companies in the primary production of agro- and aquaculture products.
     
  • Ability to co-finance
    This form enables SMEs to calculates and document their ability to fund the project expenses, not covered by Innovation Fund Denmark. This is a requirement for all applications from SMEs.
     
  • Guidance for Gantt chart
    There is no mandatory template for the Gantt chart, but the chart must fill the requirements described in the guidelines. This is a requirement for all projects granted funding.
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