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Call for Applications for EUopSTART – General Terms and Conditions 2021

Call for EUopSTART 2021

1. EUopSTART – General Terms and Conditions

1.1. Purpose

The purpose of EUopSTART is to intensify the participation of Danish research institutions and enterprises in European research and innovation. That is why EUopSTART offers grants to fund Danish enterprises' and research institutions' preparatory activities in drawing up applications for a selected number of European research programmes under Horizon Europe.

1.2. Funding and Application Procedure

You will be able to submit EUopSTART applications from 29 March 2021 until and including 2 November 2021. During this period, there will be 3 cut-offs at 12.00 p.m. (noon) on the following dates:

  • 8 June 2021

  • 24 August 2021

  • 2. November 2021

New Deadline for Horizon Europe

The approval and final publication of a series of work programmes for 2021/2022 in Horizon Europe have, unfortunately, been delayed. The publication of all work programmes was originally planned for the beginning of April 2021. However, the publication is now expected to take place in the end of May 2021 and a series of partnership will most likely be approved even later than May 2021

Because of this, the first cut-off for submission of EUopSTART applications has been postponed to 8 June 2021 12:00 p.m.

By this time, 8 June 2021, there will still be a series of programmes and partnerships in Horizon Europe which have not yet been approved and published. In this case, we will process EUopSTART aplications, which have been submitted, for the second cut-off date of 2021, i.e. 24 August 2021.

After each cut-off, the Agency will process the applications which have been received since the last cut-off date. Each cut-off has been allocated DKK 6.5 million.

The Agency will perform a qualitative evaluation of all applications; see the criteria in Subsection 1.9. Grants will be awarded to those applications which the Agency assesses as best meeting the criteria. Unsuccessful applications may be resubmitted before the subsequent cut-off date.

In order to be eligible for a grant, applications must meet the requirements described in the following Subsections 1.3 – 1.8.

1.3. Who is Eligible?

All organisations (public organisations, including municipalities and regions, and private organisations) who are eligible and approved for applying for a Horizon Europe grant etc. (see Section 1.4) may apply for a EUopSTART grant.

The Agency awards EUopSTART grants to applications that are related to projects that benefit Danish research and innovation. These projects must also be conducted by public- or private-sector enterprises and research institutions domiciled in Denmark. It is the organisation and not the individual researcher who receives a grant from EUopSTART.

Please note that legal organisations seeking to participate in research programmes under Horizon Europe are required to have sufficient financial means to maintain co-financing of their project participation and to document their payroll costs of participation.

Furthermore, participants are required to possess the requisite research capacity and capability for engaging in international alliances on high-level research. In the research and development projects, the project participants are expected to contribute to the advancement of pioneering, state-of-the-art science and technology, including development as well as integration of and cooperation in research infrastructures of European interest.

 1.4 Which Joint European Research Programmes are Eligible?

Under Horizon Europe, you can apply for EUopSTART funding for the all sub-programmes including calls for partnerships and missions. However, only calls where the funds are made subject to competition are eligible.

You can also apply for funding for those ERA-NETs et cetera that have been established under Horizon 2020 and continue for the first years of Horizon Europe.

1.5 General Application Requirements

The applicant must meet the grant eligibility criteria (see Subsection 1.3), and the grant period must be of minimum one month's duration (see Subsection 1.8). The application must be written in Danish or English. Applicants can apply for grants for EU calls with an application deadline falling no later than 31 December 2022.

The mandatory electronic application form is available for download here at the Agency's website:

The application form states which appendices must be attached to the application. Appendices not mentioned in the application form should not be submitted, and will not be included in the evaluation of your application.

EUopSTART grants can only be awarded to projects, which involve at least three partners. However, the EIC Accelerator Pilot is exempt from this rule.

In addition, the disbursement of grants is conditional on the applicant submitting an application to the research programme under Horizon Europe, which the application concerns.

Furthermore, the disbursement of grants is also conditional on no material changes being made to the project in relation to the information provided in the EUopSTART application. The Horizon Europe application must fulfill all the criteria in order to be evaluated.

1.6 Grant Size

The size of the grant depends on the activity which is proposed in the EUopSTART application. For more information, see Sections 2 and 3 and the table in Section 4 of this call.

As a partner in a project, you may receive a grant of up to DKK 50,000 for the preparation of an application. If you take on the role of coordinator, you may apply for a grant of up to DKK 75.000, see the table in the Subsection 4 for the specific grant amount.

Top-up grants may not be applied for subsequently, and grants will not be awarded retroactively. You may therefore not apply for funding for activities which you have undertaken in advance of your application for EUopSTART funding. A grant award is valid from the date on which the Agency receives your application and until the deadline for submission of the application to Horizon Europe. 

1.7 Eligible Expenses

You may apply for funding to cover eligible expenses defrayed during the grant period, and which are relevant and necessary, and relate directly to preparation of the application.

For all types of applications, you can apply for funding to cover:

  • payroll costs for the applicant organisation's staff.
  • relevant travel and per diem expenses for the applicant organisation's staff, and expenses for hosting meetings, seminars and the like.
  • external assistance (consulting services paid for against invoices).

Please note that an EUopSTART grant may not be used to fund research activities.

You can apply for funding to cover up to 50% of your expenses. The maximum amount is shown in the table in Section 4. The payroll costs must be calculated using a set hourly rate of DKK 600/hour. This hourly rate also includes overheads. Expenses must be itemised exclusive of VAT.

Funding for external assistance may amount to no more than 70% of the total grant which the applicant applies for.

Only grant holders may act as designated contacts and assume responsibility for submission of an application.

Self-financing may consist of either cash or the value of staff hours (based on DKK 600/hour) contributed to the EUopSTART project.

Note, however, the following restrictions:

  • additional funding will not be awarded if multiple partners apply for EUopSTART for preparation of the same EU application
  • EUopSTART funding for the same EU application must be applied for once only. The Agency does not award funding to the improvement or update of an application which has already received an EUopSTART grant.

Funding applications cannot be accepted for expenses already funded by another public-sector fund. The Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science’s "Terms & Conditions for Grants" applies to the disbursement, utilisation and administration of all grants. The current version is published at the Agency's website:

1.8. Grant Period

The grant period must be a minimum of one month's duration (30 days). The grant period commences on the date of submission of an application for EUopSTART and expires at the latest by the date set as the deadline for submitting an application for the chosen Horizon Europe programme.

1.9 Processing of Applications

The Agency processes applications on the basis of all timely submissions. Post hoc submissions are, as a rule, not admissible. This is why the project will only be evaluated on the basis of the application. However, the Agency reserves the right to collect further documentation.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • the applicant has described the concept for the research and development project in explicit and concrete terms (purpose and content). The description must be comprehensible to lay persons.
  • the applicant gives a convincing account of how the project concept relates to the EU call (topic) for which the funding application is being made.
  • the applicant accounts for how the combination of the project concept and the outlined consortium match the proposed sub-programme, EU call and project type.
  • the applicant is able to give a convincing account of the relationship between the impact envisaged in the call/topic text, and the proposed project.

The evaluation criteria form the basis for the Agency's evaluation of applications and its grant-award decision. As this is a competitive call for funding applications, fulfilment of the criteria is no guarantee that funding will be awarded. If the Agency receives a number of applications whose total sum exceeds the funds available, grants will be awarded to those applications that are assessed as best meeting the criteria.

1.10 Supplementary Information

A link to the electronic application form is available at E-grant's website:

1.11. Contacts

Lisbet Elming, tel.: +45 7231 8252, e-mail:

2. Special Terms and Conditions Applicable to Grants for Enterprises

2.1. Who is Eligible for Funding?

Eligible enterprises must:

  • have been in existence for at least 12 months at the time of application.
  • not have been declared bankrupt or be in suspension of payments.
  • have generated turnover of at least DKK 1 million or have attracted external financing of at least DKK 500.000 or have had at least two fulltime employees within the last completed financial year.
  • not have any past due debts to any public authority (including any debts to a public authority for which the payment-due date has been exceeded).

Private-sector enterprises will receive funding from EUopSTART in accordance with the de minimis rule on state aid (Commission Regulation (EC) No 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid – the general de minimis regulation). The de minimis rule means that an enterprise that applies for funding over a period of three years is permitted to have received a maximum of EUR 200,000 in state aid. Please note that certain sectors are subject to special de minimis regulations. This concerns enterprises in the agriculture sector (Commission Regulation (EU) No 1408/2013 of 18 December 2013 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid in the agriculture sector) as well as fishery and aquaculture sector (Commission Regulation (EU) No 717/2014 of 27 June 2014 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid in the fishery and aquaculture sector). This means that the maximum grant ceiling for the three-year period is substantially lower than the EUR 200,000.

Private-sector enterprises must be able to document that the maximum amount has not been exceeded at the time of application. This must be documented by signing a State Aid De Minimis Declaration. The declaration is provided in the electronic application form. The declaration must be appended to the application form.

For more information about de minimis aid, please consult the European Comission’s website:

N.B.! Enterprises must submit no more than one application to EUopSTART per cut-off.

2.2. Special Terms and Conditions for SMEs

Only enterprises that meet the EU conditions for claiming SME status are eligible for EUopSTART grants for preparing applications for the EIC Accelerator Pilot and Eurostars programme. The SME definition is available at the European Comission’s website:

Danish SMEs seeking to apply for funding to participate in the Eurostars programme, are also required to meet the following conditions at the time of application:

  • they must be research-intensive SMEs
  • they must be able to document that they have the scientific and financial resources to complete their share of the Eurostars project.

2.3 Specifically Concerning Applications for the EIC Accelerator Pilot under Horizon Europe

If you apply for the EIC Accelerator Pilot, the maximum grant is DKK 50,000. There is no requirement for consortium formation concerning this scheme. This means that you can apply for performing the proposed project solo.

For the EIC Accelerator Pilot, you may only apply for a grant for phase 2 of the instrument. Grants are not awarded for preparing an application for phase 1.

3. Special Conditions Applicable to Funding for Public Research Institutions (Universities, Approved Technological Service Institutes, etc.)

3.1. Who is Eligible for Funding?

Universities, municipalities, regions, Approved Technological Service Institutes ("GTS Institutes") and other public-sector research institutions.

3.2. Grant Size

The size of the grant depends on which programme the funding is to cover, and the applicant's role in the project; see the table in Section 4.

4. List of Funding Opportunities and Amounts

The following table lists the various funding opportunities and the associated maximum grants available.

Application Type Grant Amount of DKK 50,000 (Partner) Grant Amount of DKK 75,000 (Coordinator)
Phase 1 application
in a 2-phase call
Phase 2 application
in a 2-phase call
Applications for
1-phase calls

Marie Sklodowska
Curie Actions

Only grants for actions with 
more than one grant recipient
(Doctoral Networks (DN) and
MSCA and Citizens (MSCA-CITIZENS), where two grant 
recepients are possible,
and Staff Exchange (SE))









EIC Accelerator phase 2 X
Eurostars X X
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