Guide for funding applicants

Before you submit your application

If you consider applying for external funding, you should familiarize yourself with the department guidelines for support and head of department approval before submitting your application - please see below for further details.

Seek advice from the AU Research Support Office

You should always contact the AU Research Support Office as early as possible in the application process. Research advisor Mikkel Thagaard Roberts (93508237, will be able to help you with the budget and all formalities so that your application meets all requirements.

Get approval from the head of department

All applications for external research funding must be approved by the head of department prior to submission.

  1. Fill out the approval form below
  2. Attach the following documents:
    • Budget
    • Project description
    • Any documents that need a signature from the head of department, e.g., budget confirmation, support letter 

When your approval form has been registered and approved, you will receive a confirmation by e-mail.

Note that in order to fill in the approval form, you must be logged-in to Office365 (via VPN).

If you have any questions regarding the approval form, please contact Anne la Cour

Engage in the ECON feedback process

The Department's external funding committee gives feedback and reviews department members' funding applications to e.g. The Independent Research Fund Denmark (IRFD), European Research Council (ERC), Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF). The committee consists of the following persons:

Common mistakes

The committee has prepared a document describing the most common mistakes when writing grant applications. The document can be found under Employee forum. Please contact Birgitte Højklint Nielsen: if you need the username and password for the forum.

When applying for grants from IRFD/DFF

If you have not previously received a grant from The Independent Research Fund Denmark (IRFD/DFF), you will be required to engage in a feedback process before submitting your proposal. Please contact the Department's external funding coordinator Helena Skyt Nielsen, who will allocate a local key person from the committee.

If you have previously received a grant from The Independent Research Fund Denmark (IRFD/DFF), you may regard the feedback process as an optional service.