FAQ for applying to International Network Programme

Frequently Asked Questions - and answers - for applicants to International Network Programme
Winnie H. Laugø
Tlf.: +45 72 31 82 03
Email: whl@ufm.dk
Anette Birna Muus Day
Tlf.: +45 72 31 88 61
Email: AMU@ufm.dk

Q) Which types of organisations can apply?

A) The applicant, who must be a recognized scientist employed in a Danish institution or company, that conducts research, as stated in the call, can apply for funding to collaborate with new partners e.g. research institutions, universities, research based companies etc. in the selected countries.

Q) How do we handle signatures and official stamps during the special circumstances following the Covid19-pandemic?

A) We ask for signatures and stamps on the budget and signatures on the EoI's in order to ascertain the geniuity of these documents and that there is an instututional commitment to the proposed network. If you don't have access to instutions stamps due to the Covid19-lockdowmn, then make sure that the signature on the budget is followed by a name and title of the signatory, so that their position and affilliation can be comfirmed. If you have any trouble getting signatures on EoI's, then explain this in a note accompanying the EoI and show in the best way possible, that the partner instution has consented to the partnership.

Q) Why do you ask about co-funding and self-financing? And what should be included in these figures?

A) It is relevant for the network programme committee to assess whether the proposed activities are feasible if the applied project is granted funding. Since the grant does not cover salary expenses or expenses for non-research participants, it is relevant for the committee to know about the  financial  co-funding from the participating institutions.

Q) How many foreign partners can be included in the proposals?

A) You can include as many as you like. However, due to technical restrictions, there are only five spaces in the application form. Any additional partners could be written in the assigned spaces by using comma separation.

Q) Is it possible for the applying scientists at Danish institutions to include participants who are not scientists?

A) Yes. However, travels etc. for these participants cannot be covered by the grant. Financing for their participation should be included under “co-financing” or “self-financing”.

Q) How should travel days be calculated?

A) Travel days should be calculated as the number of days where you would require daily allowances according to the Danish regulations.

Q) How is “research activities” defined?

A) “Research activities” refers, in broad terms, to activities that result in the creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so as to generate new concepts, methodologies and understandings. This could include synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it leads to new and creative outcomes. In the case of International Network Programme, collaborating on publications will, for instance, be calculated as research activities, as will joint field trips and data collection. Participation in seminars and workshops might be considered research activities, but they might also be at a very preliminary stage, where the purpose could be making contact or similar, which will not be considered as a research activity. The evaluation committee will assess this on an individual basis for each application.

Q) How is “exploratory nature” defined?

A) In this context, we refer to the proposed network with the included partners, not the research as such. So the key is whether the purpose of the proposal is to investigate new potential for bilateral research cooperation.

Q) What do you mean by "recognized scientist"?

A) The term "recognized scientist" refers to the definitions in the framework for scientific employment, where both qualifications for associate professor and senior scientists is described.

We also include the broader term “research expert” in order to accommodate applicants from other types of organisations. This opens a possibility for the programme committee to evaluate candidates, that doesn’t have the formal evaluation, that is a precondition for being employed as an associate professor or senior scientist. If this apply to you, you should therefore consider to supply more elaborate documentation of your qualifications, in order for the committee to make that assessment. If you have had an evaluation regarding qualifications at associate professor level, then it would be relevant to include proof of this as part of your resume.

Q) How do I provide documentation for being a “recognized scientist”?

A) If you are employed as at least an associate professor or senior scientist, this will be sufficient documentation of being  regarded as a recognized scientist. If you are  in a different  kind of employment, the network programme committee will evaluate whether you are qualified. If you have a positive evaluation for a position as associate professor, we recommend you to attach this evaluation to you resume. Otherwise, a statement from your employer or a publication list and a detailed resume is recommended.

Senest opdateret 06. juli 2020