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 applies. This means that if the application was rejected in 2022, the applicant cannot apply this year. Also if the application is rejected this year the applicant is not eligible to apply next year. Furthermore, grant holders cannot apply during the period in which they already hold 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 2023, the frame for AUFF NOVA is DKK 40,000,000 in total.

In 2023 AUFF NOVA includes two types of grants with a slight adjustment of the budget available for each project type compared to previous calls. Priority is given to small projects.

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

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

Application deadline is Friday 15 September, 2023 at 12.00 noon

AUFF NOVA is available for all researchers with a permanent position at AU. Tenure track assistant professors are considered permanent staff in this regard. Research leaders in fixed, part-time employment at AU, with concurrent clinical employment at AUH, can also apply. Buy-out/’frikøb’ is not granted in this scheme. See more in the application guide for AUFF NOVA.

Applications must be completed electronically via

A webinar with Q&A about the scheme will be held on Wednesday 23 August at 13.00 – 14.00. A link will become available on this site. 

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 Jens Blom-Hansen, School of Business and Social Sciences

Professor Michael Møller Hansen, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Professor Lotte Bach Larsen, Faculty of Technical Sciences

Professor Dorthe Staunæs, Faculty of Arts

Professor Helle Prætorius Øhrwald, Faculty of Health