Carlsberg Foundation Science Communication Grant

Carlsberg Foundation Science Communication Grant

Support for projects within science communication to promote popular education and general interest in basic research and science. The Carlsberg Foundation wants to promote collaborations between professional communicators and researchers in order to strengthen research and the position of science in society and in public conversation and debate.


The Carlsberg Foundation wants to:

  • Support the communication of basic research and science to non-scientific audiences

  • Support the communication of science in relation to current, socially relevant issues

  • Contribute to public, fact-based debate that includes research and science

  • Promote relationships and collaboration between professional communicators and researchers

  • Increase public interest in, and curiosity about, science, scientific themes and current research

  • Strengthen awareness of, and confidence in, reliable scientific sources, partly with a view to countering misinformation with fact-based knowledge

    Who can apply

  • Science Communication is open to applications from independent communicators, public institutions, private companies and non-profit organisations in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroes.

  • Applicants must have documented professional experience with communication, e.g. journalism or media production. The applicant must be the project leader and/or the head of the institution administering the project.

  • Private companies may apply for funding for non-commercial projects with a non-profit aim.

    The project’s principal communication must be accessible to all interested parties free of charge such as subscriptions, paywalls or entrance fees. Distribution via libraries, including book loans, eReolen and Filmstriben, is regarded as a supplement to the requirement for free access.

  • Public institutions, including universities, may apply for funding for projects that include a collaboration with external professional communicators. The institution’s own communication department is not regarded as an external communicator.

    What can be applied for

    Communication projects for a period of maximum three years with an application amount of DKK 200,000-3,000,000.

    The project may be independently defined or form part
    of a larger project, and the project may be co-financed with funds from another party.

    The project must involve the communication of basic research or science. Basic research is understood as curiosity-driven experimental or theoretical work undertaken to acquire new knowledge of the underlying foundations of phenomena and observable facts. The Carlsberg Foundation does not support communication of clinical health-scientific research.

    Learn more about what the Carlsberg Foundation supports

    The project must involve collaboration with researchers who either directly contribute to the communication or quality-assure the finished production prior to distribution. Responsibility for ensuring this lies with the project leader. The researchers involved must as a minimum have a PhD and at the time of the application be affiliated to a Danish or foreign research institution.

    Funding is given for

  • Salary expenses and costs associated with the production of communication content

  • Researcher fees

  • Costs associated with the development of communication platforms

  • Costs associated with the communication and distribution of the project, including making the project accessible free of charge on payment platforms

  • Costs associated with auditor’s certification of accounts

    Funding is not given for

  • Projects with an applied scientific focus

  • Purely commercial purposes

  • Teaching materials

  • Holding of, or participation in, conferences and courses

  • Citizen Science projects

  • Information and recruitment campaigns

  • Salary to researchers/project leaders

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Carlsberg Foundation Science Communication Grant

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