Questions and Answers


Q: What is meant by Danish companies?
A: The companies should be registered in Denmark.

Q: Are W2 and MG applications linked or assessed individually?
A: They are assessed on an individual basis, but they can be linked, as they address the same themes in the growth and transition countries. Furthermore, the objective of the MGs is to support and strengthen the creation and development of networks and longer-term research collaboration between universities, research institutions, and private companies in Denmark, in the growth and transition countries and in Denmark within the areas of the strategic sector cooperation. A MG research stay may thus lead to a W2 application in later application rounds.

Q: W2 themes seem very specifically aimed at certain areas – how large a creativity span will Danida allow for in an application to meet the described purpose?
A:  The focus of the project must be well-defined with respect to the announced research theme in the chosen partner country.

Q: With regards to international partners/sub-contractors, will their budget be part of the North or South budget share, and what are their eligible costs?
A: The budget-detailed questions will be relevant in a possible Phase 2 application. Only direct costs can be covered for international partners/sub-contractors, as described in the call text. To the extent that their activities contribute to the research capacity strengthening of the South-based partners, the expenses will count on the South budget share.

Q: Is it considered an advantage to have many international partners in the project setup?
A: The most important is to have a core South-North research group setup and to fulfil the criteria of the chosen Call. The international partners can contribute to the capacity building as subcontractors and can be supported by the grant only for their direct services to the project activities. At the information meetings FFU encouraged the applications to be focused, realistic and feasible, and many partners may make that difficult.

Q: Will it be considered an advantage to have partners in both Ghana and Tanzania in relation to W1 application?
A: No, it will not influence the assessment. The specific added value of having a multi-country focus should be described.

Q: For W1, is it important whether the South partner is a public or private university or a research based organization?
A: It is important that when setting up the partnership, one of the South partners is an institution at which PhD students can be enrolled, as PhD students play an integral part of the research capacity building in W1.

Q: For W2, how is it foreseen that research capacity is embedded in the W2 as PhD students are not eligible in this window?
A: It is foreseen that in the new application round for a continuation project under W2 it should be possibility to include PhDs, but for this window the capacity building could be in terms of capacity building within laboratory services/SOPs, library services, policies on dissemination strategies, etc.

Q: In less secure areas, can security costs be covered by the project?
A: Such detailed budget questions is mostly relevant in a possible phase 2.The question has to be handled case by case, as this is not something Danida/FFU has encountered in previous application rounds.

Q: For a W1 project in e.g. Afghanistan (or another less secure state), suitable research institutions of high quality could be difficult to identify. Should an application in such a case be of a shorter duration/smaller budget, as the research quality could probably be challenged in comparison with the more established priority countries?
A: For research projects in less secure countries, it could be an advantage to set up a more regional focus, including other eligible countries.

Q: Expenses for North-related expenses for field work in the South, should this be put on the North or South budget share?
A: As a general rule, the expenses should be covered by the executing part, e.g. North budget should cater for activities done by the North partner no matter location for the activity.

Q: For W1, since the total budget frame has been cut to 2/3 of the previous Finance Bill, will FFU prefer shorter and cheaper projects to the usual project size?
A: Project size and duration will not play a role in the assessment of W1 applications.

Q: What is the approximate success rate for the Phase 2 submissions?
A: It has been approximately 50% in previous application rounds.

Q: In relation to Theme 1 for W1, how is it possible not to do “product development”, as advised in the PowerPoint under ‘Do not’s’?
A: It is important to focus on testing and documentation, and not only product development, and surely relate it to the potential impact on societal level locally.

Q: Can a Danish institution apply for both W1 and W2?
A: Yes.

Q: Can two Danish institutions be in the same application?
A: Yes, but only one institution can be the applicant and responsible institution, and the other institution will have to be a partner just as other included collaborating partners with individual budgets. An institution can be awarded several projects, but only one project per project coordinator may be awarded for each funding window.

Q: Can an application relate to two themes?
A: No, only one theme must be chosen for each application, however, surely other themes can be referred to, but it’s important to keep the research focus.

Q: Is it considered being a disadvantage to apply for both W1 and W2?
A: No, it will not be considered a disadvantage.

Q: How can we handle that research questions are more obvious in some of the W2 themes than in others?
A: In some of the themes it is up to the applicants to define the research angle within the defined theme related to the strategic sector cooperation.

Q: For W1: Can regional centres under international research institutions apply?
The regional centre has to be locally registered in the country of application, i.e. Denmark, Ghana, or Tanzania.