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 there are multi-disciplinary elements and/or synergies within the research team(s) this should be clearly pointed out in the project description.

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

In 2020, the frame for AUFF NOVA grants is up to DKK 30,000,000 in total.

In 2020 NOVA includes two types of grants:

1) Small projects (up to DKK 600,000), duration 1-3 years

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

Application deadline is 15 September, 2020 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

The application form is available one month before the deadline.

Decisions on the allocation of funding will be made at the Foundation board's meeting in November 2020, and applicants can be expected to receive a reply in December 2020.  
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, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Professor Helle Vandkilde, Faculty of Arts

Professor Helle Prætorius Øhrwald, Faculty of Health

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

New member to be announced: A professor from Faculty of Technical Sciences