COWIfonden grants donations to innovative research projects in all of COWI's fields of activity.
Projects should be innovative, of relevance to society, and be characterised by high professional standards, social responsibility and a long-term perspective that extends beyond the standard market/service development that is expected to take place in COWI. Applications for prequalification to prepare innovative research projects must be submitted by a COWI employee or an employee with a Danish university.
Projects or activities supported by COWIfonden must comply with COWI's set of values.
Projects eligible for donation must be developed and carried out in cooperation between COWI and universities in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Projects that involve COWI departments and universities in more than one of the three Nordic regions will be prioritised.
Submission of application requires prior prequalification, and as much as DKK 100,000 is granted to prepare the actual application.
The application for prequalification must include a general description of the research/development idea of the project. The application for prequalification must state the following information:
The project duration must be limited to a maximum of three years.
The prequalification application must be no more than three to five pages, excluding appendices.
Applications for prequalification must be sent to COWIfonden by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than on 1 April, along with a filled-in application form. Forwarding of documents relating to the prequalification application is not accepted.
Deadline for submission of detailed application is 1 October at 12:00 (CET). Forwarding of documents is not accepted.
Applications must be sent to COWIfonden by email, email@example.com, as three separate Adobe (PDF) documents.
The following documents must be submitted:
The detailed application must state the following information:
Applicants are usually notified of COWIfonden’s decision in mid-December.
The economic framework for a three-year project is DKK 3 to 4 million.
For projects submitted by COWI employees, universities must account for at least 40 per cent of the fee funds applied for. If a university is the main applicant, COWI must account for at least 40 per cent of the fee funds applied for.
You may apply for funds for:
Co-financing by all parties involved is a precondition for funding. Co-financing should typically cover project salary costs. If self-financing should cover anything else than salary costs, this must be agreed in advance with COWIfonden.
Project results are required to be published/made available to the public. For instance, that may include dissemination through publication in international magazines, participation in international conferences, release of open source software and the like.