The aim of AUFF NOVA is to stimulate courageous and innovative research projects of high quality – projects, which may have difficulties obtaining alternative funding. The project must be pioneering in its field and show clear potential for scientific breakthroughs. The hypothesis or problem behind the project may require development of new methods and it may challenge existing paradigms. If relevant, multi-disciplinary elements and synergies within the research team(s) should be clearly identified.

In the evaluation of applications, the scientific potential and originality of the project will be weighted higher than the applicant's CV.

In 2019, the limit for AUFF NOVA is up to DKK 30 million. kr.


In 2019 NOVA includes two types of grants:

1) Small projects (up to DKK 600,000), duration 1-2 years

2) Large projects (up to DKK 3 million), duration 3-4 years

Application deadline is Friday d. October 4, 2019 at 12.00

AUFF NOVA is aimed at researchers with a permanent position at AU. Buy-out/frikøb is not granted in this scheme. See more in the application guide for AUFF NOVA here.
Applications must be completed electronically via

Questions about AUFF NOVA can be directed to:
Tove Østergaard Le
Talent Development Unit, Aarhus University
Telephone: 871-52607 or 21624921

Selection Committee


Chairman of the committee, Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen, AU Science and Technology
Professor Klaus Mølmer, AU Science and Technology
Professor Helle Vandkilde, AU Arts
Professor Jens Otto Lunde Jørgensen, AU Health
Professor Jens Blom-Hansen, AU Business and Social Sciences