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Semper Ardens Advance

Application guidelines

Five-year grants to pursue visionary research projects aimed at cross-scientific breakthroughs. Emphasis will be put on proposed projects that ventures into new scientific territory.
CALL CLOSED

Call opens: 30 June 2024
Deadline: 1 October 2024, 16.00
The guidelines have been updated June 2023.

Purpose

Semper Ardens Advance grants are five-year grants to support visionary research projects at the highest international level aiming at scientific breakthroughs. Projects venturing into new scientific territory and interdisciplinary projects will be prioritised.

Who can apply

It is possible to apply as a single applicant (PI) or as a team of co-PIs. All applicants, whether PIs or co-PIs, must be tenured internationally recognised professors at a Danish research institution and must dedicate at least 50% of their research time to the project. Other group members may be based at a Danish research institution or abroad; however, the majority of the work must be carried out in Denmark.

In the case of a co-PI team, there will still be one main applicant, who will be responsible for the application and, should this be successful, the grant.

What can be applied for

The total amount applied for must be within a budget of DKK 10–20 million.

Grants for this instrument are given as a framework grant and may be used to cover expenses that are relevant and necessary for completing the activity. The following running costs may be applied for:

  • Consumables
  • Equipment
  • Travel, conferences and similar

The budget may include the following salary items:

  • Salaries for postdocs
  • Salaries and tuition fees for PhD students (enrolment of the PhD students at a Danish PhD graduate school must be guaranteed)
  • Salary for a project coordinator for up to 12 months during the project period
  • Salary for research assistants
  • Up to a total of three months’ salary for the main applicant

If applying as a co-PI team, the main applicant may transfer the three months' salary to another co-PI. However, this must be specified and justified in the application.

The earliest start date is 1 January, and the latest start date is 1 September.

Application requirements:

The application must be submitted through CF-Grant (application system)

Please note that failure to comply with the following requirements will result in an administrative rejection of the application.

The application must be written in 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 appendices, 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
  • Curriculum vitae of the main applicant
  • List of publications of the main applicant
  • Short description of the research group and its organisation
  • Description of the expected impact
  • Declaration of support from the host institution

If relevant to the application (see explanation below):

  • Curricula vitae and lists of publications of named group members and co-PIs
  • Quotes for instruments, register data and such like
  • National/international network

Project description
The project description must not exceed 15,000 characters (including spaces, figure captions, formulas and such like) and must not exceed five A4 pages (including figures, tables and such like, but excluding references). Any references or bibliography must be added in direct continuation of the project description.

Budget
An itemised budget for the amount applied for must be uploaded using the Carlsberg Foundation budget template, including a justification of the budget items.

Curriculum vitae and list of publications
The CV of the main applicant must not exceed two A4 pages. Do not include picture, home address, family information, CPR no., date of birth, or gender.

A list of publications for the main applicant from the last five years must be uploaded in the same PDF file as the CV.

The list of publications must only include research that has been published or accepted for publication. The name of the applicant must be in bold font and the order of authors must be indicated exactly as listed in the original publication. All co-authors must be mentioned. If, however, the number of authors exceeds 10, it is sufficient to list the first 10.

The list of publications must be chronologically arranged and divided into the following categories:

  1. Peer-reviewed publications:
  • Articles
  • Monographs
  • Peer-reviewed papers published in conference proceedings
  • Book chapters
  • Anthologies

  1. Non-peer-reviewed publications, for example
  • Articles
  • Monographs
  • Book chapters
  • Anthologies

  1. Patent references for patents obtained or applied for that are relevant to the applicant’s research. Any patent references should be included in the list of publications on equal terms with scientific articles.

Links to external materials may be included but will not be considered in the evaluation of the application. If an h-index is included in the list of publications, it must be clarified how the index was calculated.

Short description of the research group and its organisation
A description of the research group and its organisation must be uploaded, including its prospective composition, diversity and gender balance. If applying as a co-PI team, the leadership structure must be explained.

The description must not exceed two A4 pages.

Description of the expected impact
A description of the expected impact of the research on education must be uploaded.

The description must not exceed one A4 page.

Declaration of support from the host institution
A declaration of support from the host institution with a specification of possible embedment options must be uploaded.

Curricula vitae and lists of publications of named group members and possible co-PIs (where relevant)
CVs and lists of publications of each named team member or co-PI must be uploaded, following the same guidelines as for the main applicant. Each CV and publication list must be uploaded as a single PDF file.

Quotes for instruments, register data and such like (where relevant)
Quotes for instruments, register data and such like must be uploaded.

National/international network (where relevant)
A specification of proposed activities (such as trips, meetings, symposia, conferences and so on) and their costs in relation to establishing a national and/or international research network must be uploaded.

Evaluation of the proposal

Each full application will be sent to three high-level international experts within the relevant scientific area(s) for external peer review.

Each reviewer will be asked to assess the applications according to the Carlsberg Foundation’s “Assessment Criteria for Reviewers”.

The peer reviews will be treated in confidentiality by the board.

On the basis of the application and external peer review, the board’s final decision will be made in two stages:

Stage I:

Invitation to an interview or rejection letter.

Interviews are scheduled to take place in the week of XX–XX December 2024. In the case of a co-PI team, the entire team is invited for the interview.

Stage II:

Grant letter or rejection letter after interview.


Please note: The foundation reserves the right to make adjustments to the criteria.



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