Carlsberg Mindelegat


Grants for researchers communicating their own research to non-scientific target groups.


01.09.2024 - 16:00






Maximum DKK 200,000


Support for researchers’ communication of their own research or field of research to promote popular education and general interest in basic research and science. Carlsberg Mindelegat wants to promote collaborations between researchers and professional communicators in order to strengthen research and the position of science in society and in public conversation and debate.

Carlsberg Mindelegat wants to:

  • Support communication of basic research and science to non-scientific audiences
  • Support researchers’ communication of their own research
  • Strengthen the communication skills of researchers and contribute to a steady increase in the participation of researchers in public conversation and debate
  • Promote relationships and collaboration between researchers and professional communicators
  • 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.


Carlsberg Mindelegat is open to applications from researchers with an affiliation to a Danish research institution.

Applicants must as a minimum have a PhD.

It is not a requirement that the applicant’s research is, or has been, supported by the Carlsberg Foundation.


What can be applied for

Communication projects for a period of maximum two years with an application amount of DKK 50,000-200,000. 

The project can 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. 

Link to what the foundation supports

The project must take its starting point in the applicant’s own research and research field.

The project must involve collaboration with professional communicators with documented experience of e.g. journalism or media production.

The budget may include

  • Costs associated with the production of communication content
  • Payment of professional communicators and any student assistants
  • 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

What cannot be applied for

  • Projects with an applied scientific focus
  • Projects with focus on educational recruitment
  • Projects with focus on media training of as well as coaching and teaching communication to researchers
  • Purely commercial purposes
  • Research publications and teaching materials
  • Information and recruitment campaigns
  • Holding of, or participation in, conferences and courses
  • Citizen Science projects
  • Buy-out of the applicant or other researchers

Target groups and accessibility

The project must be aimed at non-scientific audience primarily in Denmark: the wider population, from children and young people in primary and 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 (digital books) and Filmstriben (digital films), 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 September of the following year
CALL OPEN Call opens: 31 May 2024 Deadline: 1 September 2024, 16:00
The guidelines have been updated May 2024


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.

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
  • Production and distribution plan 
  • Budget
  • Curriculum vitae

If relevant for the application:

  • Curriculum vitae of collaboration partners
  • Declarations of commitment

Project description

The project description must not exceed two A4 pages including photos, figures, tables, etc., 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 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 and distribution plan

The production and distribution plan must include an estimated schedule for the project phases up to project launch as well as a description of the planned distribution, communication and, if relevant, marketing of the project to reach the desired audiences.

The production and distribution plan must not exceed one A4 page.


An itemised budget for the amount applied for must be uploaded using Carlsberg Mindelegat’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.

Curriculum vitae

The applicant’s CV must not exceed one A4 page. 

Curriculum vitae of collaboration partners

CVs for collaboration partners must not exceed one A4 page per collaboration partner.

Declarations of commitment

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

Popularised scientific description

In addition to the above uploaded documents, the applicant is required to complete a popularised scientific description of the project in CF-Grant (up to 400 characters).

In the event that funding is awarded, the popularised scientific description will be published on the Carlsberg Foundation’s website in the “Grant overview”.


Download budget template for Carlsberg Mindelegat

Budget - Carlsberg Mindelegat



Please note: Carlsberg Mindelegat reserves the right to make adjustments to the guidelines.

The Carlsberg Mindelegat cannot offer individual guidance on projects or elements of projects before the application deadline.

About Carlsberg Mindelegat

Carlsberg Mindelegat is an independent grant administered by the Carlsberg Foundation.

About Carlsberg Mindelegat


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