Coming to the Optical Tweezers Group with an external grant – University of Copenhagen

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Coming to the Optical Tweezers Group with an external grant

The Optical Tweezers Group supports researchers' applications to international and Danish public and private funding agencies.

If you come to the group with your own funding, you will become a full member of the team with office space, access to IT and admin support, laboratories, and you are expected to contribute to the scientific and social life in the group.

Examples of agencies funding research in biophysics in Denmark:

.. and several others. You may also consider applying for funding from private or national agencies in your home country, and name the Optical Tweezers Group at the Niels Bohr Institute as your host institution.


Contact Group Leader, Assoc. Prof. Poul Martin Bendix, if you are considering applying for external funding. 

Please contact us: 

  • at least 8 weeks in advance of the application deadline in the case of individual post doc stipends and smaller projects (i.e., 1-3 years, under DKK 3M);
  • at least 3 months in advance of the application deadline in the case of larger projects.

The group's faculty will review your request to apply. The Niels Bohr Institute may be able to offer some co-funding in the case of larger projects/grants. A needs assessment for equipment may also be conducted, to ensure that the Institute can adequately house your project and the expected personnel associated with it.

If approved, we can provide considerable support for the application process, for example including budget development, text about the host institution, review of application's science case, and contact with the funding agency if needed.  The Faculty of Science Research Funding Office at the University of Copenhagen also provides support for applications. 

An application budget is developed online using the University's application tool and must be approved by the group leader and the Niels Bohr Institute at least one month before the application deadline.  The budget process also facilitates the conversation about possible co-financing from the Institute or Center, laboratory set-up if needed, and any HR issues that need to be addressed.