Skylab Funding

Who is it for?

All teams with at least one DTU student/researcher or alumni (within 1 year from graduation) as part of the founding team are eligible to apply.

You don’t need a CVR number to apply for funding. However, if your project is funded, most of the foundations require that you establish a CVR number to receive the grant.

Note that DTU teams which have previously received grants from any of the researcher-focused funds (Discovery Grant, POC, InnoExplorer) are not eligible to apply for Skylab funding.


Why should you apply?

The main goal of the programme is to help DTU students find soft funding for developing their startups and prototypes.


When does it happen?

We receive applications twice a year.
Next application deadline: September 14th, 2024 at 23.59.
You can apply for grants of 15.000 DKK – 150.000 DKK per project.

We accept applications in English and Danish.


How do we evaluate applicants?

All applications to Skylab funding are evaluated based on four criteria

  • Novelty: Does your idea clearly differ from existing solutions in the market/industry? It should be clear what makes the business idea innovative, either by utilising new technology/knowledge or by applying existing technology/knowledge in a novel way.
  • Impact: Is it clear how your startup idea will benefit society, e.g in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals?
  • Feasibility: Is the startup idea technically and commercially feasible and realizable?
  • Diversity: Do you have a diverse team? (in terms of gender and competence profiles)

Based on the evaluations, we match the most suitable projects with our different collaborative funding partners (see list below). Subsequently, the funding partners themselves screen the projects and select which projects they will fund.

Note that this process can take a couple of months so please be patient.


How do I apply for Skylab Funding?

You can apply via our online application form.

To apply for Skylab funding you will need;

  • A two-page start-up description (find our template and an example of a good Skylab funding application in the application page)
  • A budget detailing how you will spend the grant that you apply for (find our template in the application page)
  • A logo for your start-up
  • A picture of your start-up
  • Contact details for all team members

If you have trouble uploading the application, please contact us at

Who are the funding partners?

Skylab Funding is created in collaboration with and funded by

  • Bevica Fonden
  • BioInnovation Institute Foundation
  • Christian Nielsens Fond
  • Den Danske Maritime Fond
  • Det Arnstedske Familiefond
  • Hans Følsgaard A/S
  • Kai Houmann Nielsens Fond
  • Kaptajn Aage Nielsens Familiefond 
  • Nimbs Fond
  • Tranes Fond

The foundations/funding partners hold the mandate to decide which projects will be awarded a grant. All applications will be handled confidentially. You cannot apply on behalf of others; students who apply should be the founder or at least have ownership of the idea, project, or start-up.

What do the grants cover?

Our funding partners support within different areas, but in general it applies to all that:

Funding partners DO cover:

  • Materials for prototyping
  • Development and test of prototype
  • Expenses in relation to relevant conference participation, travel etc.
  • Expenses in relations to external knowledge providers such as consultants, developers & manufacturers
  • Rental of equipment
  • Specialised software/hardware for tasks requiring specialised equipment

Funding partners DO NOT cover:

  • Salary
  • General operations
  • Regular office supplies
  • IT hardware for regular office work, phones etc.
  • Catering


Ida Bjerring Mehl

Ida Bjerring Mehl Funding Program Manager DTU Skylab Mobile: +45 93510830