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.

As the foundation wishes the funds from the foundation to benefit as many different researchers as possible, a 1-year waiting period for applicants was introduced in 2021. This means that if your application was rejected in 2021, you cannot apply this year. Also if your application is rejected this year you cannot apply next year. Furthermore, grant holders cannot apply during the period in which they already have a NOVA grant from the foundation.

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

In 2022, the frame for AUFF NOVA grants is up to DKK 50,000,000 in total.

In 2022 AUFF NOVA includes two types of grants. The intention is that the frame for AUFF NOVA will be divided equally between the two types of grant:

1) Small projects (up to DKK 500,000), duration 1-2 years

2) Large projects (up to DKK 2,500,000), duration 3-4 years

Application deadline is Thursday 15th of September, 2022 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.

Applications must be completed electronically via

The application form is available one month before the deadline. Questions about AUFF NOVA can be directed to:

Tove Østergaard Le

AU PhD and funds service, Aarhus University


Telephone: 2162 4921

Selection Committee

Professor Michael Møller Hansen, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Professor Dorthe Staunæs, Faculty of Arts

Professor Helle Prætorius Øhrwald, Faculty of Health

Professor Jens Blom-Hansen, School of Business and Social Sciences

Professor Lotte Bach Larsen, Faculty of Technical Sciences