InnoExplorer Grant på DTU

In the present Covid-19 situation, InnoExplorer Grant at DTU might transpose some of the activities to a virtual mode. The normal deadlines and application procedures apply.  Please note the next internal DTU application deadline 14 January and that an internal DTU Pitch is scheduled for 21 January. Please follow any updates on this page.

  • For final technical and commercial maturation towards a commercial application
  • 4 application rounds per year
  • 500,000-1,500,000 DKK, incl. 44% overhead
  • <12 months project period
  • Support salary, materials, consultancy, reports/knowledge, market testing, marketing, travel, university overhead and IP-related cost, etc.
  • The programme is owned by Innovation Fund Denmark, which requires that DTU Skylab qualifies and endorses all applications coming form DTU
  • DTU Skylab will provide assistance for the preparation of the application.

InnoExplorer is a national programme for commercialisation of research results at a pre-commercial stage, which need maturation to investigate the potential for commercial exploitation or societal benefit operated by Innovation Fund Denmark.

Please contact your DTU Skylab business developer in advance to discuss your opportunities in the InnoExplorer grant programme. You can find your business developer under “Innovation Responsibles” on the right. Please note, that if you already have established a company, you will not be able to receive any of the enable programme’s grants.

Application and deadlines

There are four deadlines to meet in the application process for InnoExplorer grants. The exact dates for the deadlines can be seen below:

Info Meeting

Internal DTU deadline

Internal DTU Pitch

Innovation Fund deadline

Innovation Fund Panel meeting

7 January 2021

14 January 2021

21 January 2021

3 February 2021

8-12 March 2021

16 March 2021

23 March 2021

7 April 2021

21 April 2021

17-21 May 2021

Internal DTU deadline

By this date you must notify your DTU Skylab business developer to enrol the qualification process. DTU Skylab will decide whether a project is admitted to the process.

Internal DTU Pitch

If admitted to the qualification process, you must prepare a draft application (slide deck) according to the InnoExplorer criteria and pitch it before the DTU Skylab pitch panel. The panel will select the applicants to be invited to apply for InnoExplorer from DTU. Make sure you are available, this is mandatory. Applicants whom are selected will receive support from DTU Skylab’s business developers with refining the application for Innovation Fund Denmark.

Final deadline with Innovation Fund Denmark

Only applications endorsed by DTU Skylab can apply with Innovation Fund Denmark. This is the final date for application.

Innovation Fund Panel Meeting

This is where you pitch your application in front of the InnoExplorer panel, which then gives their recommendation for the final decision by the Innovation Fund Denmark Board

Guidelines and Inspiration

Check out the guidelines for InnoExplorer at Innovation Fund Denmark website, see link on the right hand side. Other relevant material is attached on the right as well, including a couple of applications from previous InnoExplorer rounds. These applications can be used for inspiration, but do not consider them as comprehensive check lists. ActiveCube and ImmPACT were both awarded InnoExplorer while Stray were rejected. Strayn was awarded in a flowing round with a different application. However, all three applications are considered good examples.

InnoExplorer Grants...


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