Funding Programmes



EUopSTART is a Danish exploratory award for EU application writing, organised by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science (Uddannelses- og Forskningsministeriet). This programme offers support to SMEs, large enterprises, and research institutions in Denmark for preparing applications for the EU Framework Programme (Horizon Europe) and other joint European research programmes.

EUopSTART has the overall purpose of intensifying the participation of Danish entities in applying for EU funding from Horizon Europe and other international funding programmes. Specifically, EUopSTART can partially reimburse costs incurred while preparing an EU application, such as time spent by the applicant, travel expenses, or costs related to consultants helping with the EU application.

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The programme eases access for Danish entities to substantial EU funding sources for R&D by lowering the cost of preparing EU applications.

Funding Available

Typically, a grant of up to 50K DKK is available for proposal preparation as a project partner or for EIC Accelerator proposals. For those taking the role as coordinator in an EU consortium, the maximum grant is 75k DKK.

Costs directly related to application writing are eligible, this includes hour consumption, travel, external consultancy assistance, etc. Applicants can receive up to 50% funding to cover relevant expenses during the grant period for the preparation of proposals.


EUopSTART grants are awarded projects that benefit Danish research and innovation, and which will be conducted by public or private sector enterprises and research institutions resident in Denmark. Proof of a submitted EU application or invitation for EU negotiations will be required for the transfer of the grant.

At least three partners must be involved in the proposed EU project to be awarded EUopSTART funding. The EIC Accelerator (SME instrument) and Eurostars programmes are, however, exempt from this requirement.

In the R&D projects, overall objectives should be to develop and advance state-of-the-art science and technology, and participants must present capacities for undertaking high-level research activities.

Special Requirements

SMEs applying should be at least 1 year old; have generated a minimum turnover of 1 million DKK; have drawn 500k DKK in external financing or have at least 2 full-time employees; and not have any outstanding debts to public authorities.


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For more detailed information and latest updates, see the official programme website.

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