The foundation's financial instruments in 2022

The Board of the Aarhus University Research Foundation has now arrived at a decision regarding next year’s grant budget. In brief, the Board has decided to redefine the AUFF Starting Grant in 2022, turning it into the AUFF Recruitment Grant. This is done to strengthen the strategic recruitment of Danish as well as international research talents and to strengthen the growth segment and the strong research ideas.

AUFF NOVA will continue in 2022, and the grant will target existing AU employees, who can apply for DKK 500,000 for minor projects, though the Foundation will also distribute a few grants of up to DKK 2 million.

These weeks, the Grant Committee is doing a “road show”, where it presents the 2022 financial instruments at faculty meetings throughout AU. The instruments are also described below.

The 2022 financial instruments are as follows:

AUFF Recruitment Grant
Researchers can apply for an AUFF Recruitment Grant in ongoing negotiations, where an offer of start funding will be vital to the successful recruitment of a particularly attractive candidate. Applications are processed as quickly as possible upon receipt, and the deadline for reply is agreed upon with the given head of department. This means that there will be no ordinary application rounds in 2022. The aim of the instrument is recruitment of assistant professors, associate professors and professors. Applications must be submitted by the head of department upon recommendation from the dean. The 2022 budget is DKK 40 million. 

AUFF NOVA will be prioritised in 2022 with a budget of DKK 50 million. The continuing goal of AUFF NOVA will be to stimulate the launch of innovative research projects, which are of a high quality and at the same time are likely to have difficulties obtaining funding from other sources. The hypothesis or problem may break with existing assumptions and/or call for new methods. If the project contains cross-disciplinary elements or synergies within the research group(s), this should be made clear in the application. A total call with guidelines will be published in the first half year of 2022.

Flexible PhD Courses
This instrument is targeted at flexible PhD courses, including 3+5, 4+4 and the research year etc. The total framework in 2022 is DKK 15 million, which will be distributed equally between the five faculties.

Publication Support
Publication support continues to be targeted at international publications, and there will be an application pool in 2022 of DKK 2.5 million and direct support for the Aarhus University Press for the strategic development of projects. Priority will be given to support for ground-breaking publications, with special focus on highly respected international publication channels, preferably large foreign publishers. Also, support may still be given to high-quality publications published by Danish publishers. Calls are expected to have deadlines in February and September.

International Mobility
Again in 2022, DKK 5 million will be allocated for mobility. This is a pool for international activities, including both inbound visiting researchers and outbound mobility for the University's researchers. A call with terms and guidelines will be published in the spring of 2021.

Support for Holding PhD Courses, Research Group Meetings, Workshops and Summer Camps at Sandbjerg Estate
Applications can still be submitted on an ongoing basis. The purpose is to provide grants for payment of PhD course attendance, research group meetings, workshops and summer camps at Sandbjerg Estate, so that the course attendees’ own payment is reduced. The total frame is DKK 2.5 million.

Research Stays in ‘Møllehuset’ and the Apartment in Husumgade
Researchers can still on an ongoing basis apply for scholarship stays in ‘Møllehuset’ at Sandbjerg Estate or in the Foundation’s apartment in Husumgade in Copenhagen.

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies
Finally, the Foundation will continue to support the operation of the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies.

Other financial instruments:

AUFF Flagships
The Foundation does not intend to carry on the financial instrument AUFF Flagships.


If you have any questions regarding the above, you are welcome to contact Henrik Dalgaard by email: or telephone: +45 2382 3230 or Henriette Rasmussen Billesø: or telephone: +45 2868 7782.