Apply for Knowledge Brokerage Project

Application deadlines:
January 20

On this page you can find information about the scheme, as well as upload your application to Energy Cluster Denmark’s knowledge pool.

What is a Knowledge Brokerage Project?

Knowledge bridge projects build bridges between knowledge institutions and companies with the mission of translating specialized knowledge into new ideas. Thus, we promote collaborations on research, development and innovation for the benefit of both the research communities and the Danish energy industry.

Knowledge Brokerage projects must, based on the companies’ needs, focus on strengthening interaction and knowledge exchange with knowledge institutions, with a view to strengthening innovation and growth potential. The projects are typically feasibility studies, feasibility studies or preliminary projects for actual innovation projects.

Focus areas and project focus

Energy Cluster Denmark only receives applications for knowledge bridge projects within the cluster’s professional focus areas, strategy and the developed roadmap for the cluster’s work.

The Danish universities and other knowledge institutions are authorized to carry out grant-financed research activities in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s budget guidance (Chapter
In partnership with at least two independent private companies (preferably several).

Max. DKK 800,000 incl. overhead.

Max. period of 12 months.

100% of the grant goes to the project’s knowledge institution(s)

The grant from Energy Cluster Denmark may not exceed 50% of the project’s total budget. The remaining 50% must be covered by co-financing from the project’s business partners.

The private co-financing consists of private companies’ expenses for the eligible activities carried out. The companies’ co-financing can be either “in-kind” or cash grants.

When calculating the value of employee hours at the project’s business partners, a fixed hourly rate of DKK 600 incl. overhead.

The grant will primarily be used for the knowledge institution’s salary costs for planning and winding up the knowledge bridge project.

The following applies:

  • Payment for professional work for employees at Danish universities and other knowledge institutions that are authorized to carry out grant-financed research activities in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s budget guidance (Chapter, is calculated as actual salary expenses plus overhead of 44 per cent.
  • Payment for professional work for GTS employees, in terms of participation in collaborative projects, matchmaking and knowledge dissemination activities as well as professional analysis work, etc., is calculated as actual salary costs multiplied by the latest approved cost factor in accordance with guidelines for approved technological service in Denmark.
  • In other cases, wage costs for professional work are settled at DKK 600 per hour, which includes overhead.

The appropriation can to a lesser extent be used by the knowledge institution to bear the following expenses on the basis of paid bills:

  • Travel and subsistence costs for the grant recipients’ employees: The state’s rates for hourly and daily allowances, transport allowance etc. is used. In case of conference participation, the participation fee is also covered.
  • Dissemination / dissemination of knowledge, e.g. production of leaflets, other publications, website, rental of external conference rooms, advertising and the like.
  • Special expenses: If larger costs for e.g. equipment or materials are necessary in connection with one or more projects and can not be covered by the overhead contained in the hourly rate, such expenses may be borne to a limited extent after prior approval. Send inquiry to Energy Cluster Denmark.

The following requirements apply:

  • The projects must involve at least two independent private companies (including at least one SME) and at least one knowledge institution.
  • Based on the specific needs of the participating companies, the projects must support the dissemination and utilization of the knowledge institutions ‘knowledge and competencies as well as the partners’ joint development of new knowledge.
  • The results of the projects must have a news value and generic interest, ie. be relevant to a wider audience than just the participating companies.
  • A co-operation agreement must be entered into between the parties involved, where goals, success criteria and expected effects as well as rights to results for the project are clearly stated.
  • The results must be published or disseminated to a wider audience.
  • Any intellectual property rights that the project entails, as well as all related rights, are assigned to different partners in a way that appropriately reflects their work packages, contributions and respective interests.
  • Knowledge institutions must receive compensation corresponding to the market price of IPR resulting from their activities, cf. the European Commission Communication on the Framework for State Aid for Research, Development and Innovation (2014 / C 198/01, point 28).

The projects must not:

  • Have the character of product development for individual companies.
  • Have the character of contract research or the provision of research and development services.
  • Distorting competition.