DTU Proof of Concept Grants

The PoC Grant is DTU’s own instrument for funding commercialisation projects coming out of research done at DTU.

  • Primarily for technical and commercial maturation and de-risking towards a commercial application, e.g. development of prototypes, scalability demonstration, user testing etc.
  • 3 application rounds per year
  • 200,000-500,000 DKK (<12 months project period)
  • Support salary, materials, consultancy, reports/knowledge, market testing, travel, etc.
  • The applicant must demonstrate positive expressions of interest from commercial partners, customers or investors
  • The application must be endorsed and supported by the department and the DTU Skylab innovation partner

It is important that you contact your DTU Skylab Innovation Partner well in advance of the deadline regarding your Proof of Concept (PoC) Grant application. Please note that if you already have established a company based on your project, you will not be able to receive any of the enable programme’s grants.

Application and deadlines 2022

There are three application rounds per year and each funding round consists of an info meeting, an application deadline, pitch training and a board meeting. Application guidelines and necessary documents and forms are provided for download under the PoC Grants Bundle.

Information meeting

Application deadline

Pitch training

Board meeting

3 March

23 March

19 April

21 April

3 May

17 May

09 June

13 June

30 August

13 September

4 October

6 October

 Information meeting

Next Information meeting takes place 3rd May at 14:00-15:00 at DTU Skylab, meeting room Skybox.

Here we will present the tips and tricks to a good PoC application, previous experiences and general information about the process. It is strongly recommended that you attend this meeting if you plan to apply for the DTU PoC grant.

Application deadline

This is the last date to submit your application. It is imperative that you have been in dialogue with your DTU Skylab Innovation Partner well in advance of the deadline regarding your application and preferably attended the info meeting. The PoC board will pre-evaluate and rate the applications before the board meeting. The eight projects with the highest score will be called to pitch at the board meeting. Please note that if you have been awarded an InnoExplorer grant at the same time for the same project, you will not be eligible for DTU PoC. 

Pitch training

There will be pitch training for the eight selected projects usually 3 days before the board meeting. Participation for this pitch training is mandatory for applicants.

The PoC board meeting

For the eight selected projects, the applicants pitch their project before the board. A few days after the board meeting the applicants will be informed of the grant decisions.

A guide on how to apply, along with the forms and other must-read documents are included in the PoC Grant Application bundle found on the right.

Please make sure to join the next info meeting for more details.


PoC Grants Bundle


Michael Persson
Programme Manager, DTU Enable
DTU Skylab
+45 60 54 40 31