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Science Communication

Application guidelines

Support for projects within science communication to promote popular education and general interest in basic research and basic 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.
CALL OPEN

Deadline: 1 September 2024, 16.00

Purpose

The Carlsberg Foundation wants to:

  • Support the communication of basic research and basic 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 basic 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.

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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

Audiences and accessibility

The project must be aimed at non-scientific audiences primarily in Denmark: the wider population, from young people who have completed lower-secondary education and upwards.

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.

The communication must be freely accessible from the time it is published.

The communication may be in Danish or a foreign language, but it must be linguistically accessible to a broad audience in Denmark.

Communication formats

The project may be based on any type of communication format (or multiple types), including TV and radio productions, podcasts, new science journalism initiatives, festivals, lectures and debates, animations, publications and SoMe productions.

Start date for projects

Spring call with application deadline 1 March:

  • The earliest start date is 1 August and the latest start date is 1 January of the following year

Autumn call with application deadline 1 September:

  • The earliest start date is 1 January and the latest start date is 1 August of the following year

Application requirements

The application must be submitted via the Carlsberg Foundation’s application and grant management system (CF-Grant).

Failure to comply with the following requirements will result in an administrative rejection of the application:

The application must be written in either Danish or English using Times New Roman, font size 12, margins on the left, right, top and bottom of at least 2 cm and line spacing of 1.5. The following documents, and only these, must be uploaded with the application in PDF format (please note that other formats are not accepted): 

Required documents:

  • Project description
  • Budget
  • CV

If relevant for the application:

  • CVs of collaboration partners
  • Declarations of commitment

Project description
The project description must not exceed three A4 pages (including photos, figures, tables, etc.). 

The project description must include the following in the given order

  • Summary of the project’s purpose, theme and format
  • Description of the project, including collaboration partners, audiences and accessibility (platform, media or similar)
  • Production plan
  • Distribution plan

Budget
An itemised budget for the amount applied for must be uploaded using the Carlsberg Foundation’s budget template, including a description of the budget items. The budget should include an estimate of any revenues connected with the project set off against the amount applied for.

Any costs associated with auditor’s certification of accounts must be included in the budget.

Curriculum vitae
The CV of the applicant/project leader must not exceed one A4 page.

Curriculum vitae for collaboration partners
Any CVs of collaboration partners must not exceed one A4 page per partner, and can be uploaded as additional appendices.

Declarations of commitment
Any declarations of commitment from external collaboration partners and distributors should be attached to the application as additional appendices.

The Carlsberg Foundation reserves the right to make minor adjustments to the guidelines.

Note that the Carlsberg Foundation cannot offer individual guidance on projects or elements of projects before the application deadline.

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