Green Development and Demonstration Program (GUDP)

The Green Development and Demonstration Program (GUDP – Grønt Udviklings- on Demonstrationsprogram is a Denmark-based grant scheme dedicated to solving challenges within the food and agriculture industry.

What is GUDP?

GUDP aims to address some of the key challenges facing the food industry and society as a whole. The challenges are to create greater sustainability and solve some of the climate and environmental problems facing society – while at the same time improving the economy so that the food sector can continue to create growth and secure jobs in Denmark.

Project ideas must contribute to solving the most important challenges for the Danish food, agricultural, fisheries, and aquaculture industries and to the general food, business, and environmental policy objectives. 

Who can apply?

The target group for the GUDP program is research institutions, producers, entrepreneurs, etc. in the food industry. This includes company-registered persons, companies, industry organizations, associations, self-governing institutions, and public research institutions, which are registered in the Central Business Register (CVR).
Approved Technological Service Institutes (GTS), industry organizations, associations, and self-governing institutions are considered private companies in the context of grants.

Can non-danish projects apply?
The program targets Denmark-based companies, but the application can be written in Danish or English. However, there is a requirement for a short Danish project description inForm A.

What kind of projects are supported?

Projects dedicated to solving challenges within the food and agriculture industry and targeting sustainable use of resources, animal welfare, food safety, human health and nutrition, and food quality.

Project areas supported by the GUDP include:

  • Sustainable plant production
  • Livestock
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • More CO2-neutral energy production in agriculture
  • More market-oriented organic production
  • Higher productivity growth
  • Increased value creation in the value chain

GUDP does not support the following kind of projects:

  • Building innovation competencies
  • Educational and course activities and the like
  • Marketing and test marketing
  • Collective, generic campaigns (eg joint industry campaigns)
  • Special innovation activities (staff loans)
  • Pure research or pure investment projects

How much funding can a project apply for?

The total GUDP pool for 2021 is approx. 90 million dkk.
The size of the grant depends on the project form:
Development and demonstration projects with or without research activities: total grant 0.25-15 million dkk (project duration of up to 4 years)
Network projects: grants can cover up to 50 percent. of the eligible costs. Grants can be applied for the establishment of networks with a duration of 1-2 years and with a total grant of 0.25-2 million dkk.

What is required in the Application and how can I apply?

Applications are sent to before the deadline. The application forms consist of six forms:

Appendix A: Main application form
Table B: Budget and Gantt chart
List C: Participant Schedule
Appendix D: Business Plan
Appendix E: Description of research share
Appendix F: Collaboration agreements for use in networking projects

The GUDP Secretariat also encourages applicants to attend GUDP information meetings, which take place 2-4 times a year and are organized by the GUDP Secretariat. Here you have the opportunity to get more information about the GUDP scheme, as well as get answers to the specific questions you may have.

What are the evaluation criteria?

Projects are evaluated according to 4 environmental sustainability parameters and two economic sustainability parameters:

  • Limiting the environmental impact of nutrients (N and P), pesticides, and greenhouse gases
  • Sustainable use of resources in food production
  • Improving food safety, food quality, human health, and nutrition:
  • Improved production methods that benefit nature and the environment in a broader sense. Gentle production methods include also improved animal welfare for production animals, including better health, nutrition, behavior, physiology, fear, and stress.
  • The project will generate financial returns benefits its participants up to three years after the end of the project. 
  • The project has long-term economic potential within its sector.

How does the whole evaluation process work?

  • Once the application has been received, the GUDP Secretariat will send a receipt within a few days, confirming to have received the application. GUDP expects to announce commitments and refusals by the end of June 2021. In 2021, priority will be given projects with direct, measurable climate effects. 
  • If the board decides to fund a project, the applicant will receive a letter of commitment. The letter contains information about the size of the grant as well as conditions for the commitment.
  • During the project period, the project manager is obliged to notify the GUDP secretariat of the project and budget changes. It is particularly important here to be aware that the changes must be approved by the Secretariat before they can enter into force.
  • In addition to requesting changes, the project manager is also required to submit an annual status report where the project’s progress can be assessed. This annual report is used to assess the project’s progress, eg whether the project’s milestones are reached. The progress of the project is presented to GUDP’s board. Upon completion of the project, the project manager is also required to submit a final report. The final report is used i.a. to assess whether the effects of the project are realized. The templates for the status and final reports can be found under the tab “Schedules and instructions”.
  • The secretariat thus follows the project to the door with a focus on project progress, finances, and communication. The goal is to ensure that the projects are realized as applied so that both the environment and the food industry benefit from the project’s results.

Can 1st Mile help me with the application process?

Yes, 1st Mile has experience with submitting applications for the GUDP funding program.

1st Mile doesn’t have strict criteria in selecting projects eligible for funding, i.e. size, number of employees, stage of development, turnover, number of previous attempts in getting the funding. Instead, 1st Mile individually assesses the project and its participants, always keeping in mind the ability of the company to deliver information/input for the application. The more the company is able to deliver the technical input required, the easier it will be for 1st Mile to get the required information for applying.

How much of my time does 1st Mile require to apply for a GUDP call?

When 1st Mile and the applying company start a collaboration, the applying company should consider, on average, 2 working weeks of commitment. This is the time needed to get all the requested input, prepare company CVs, gather partners, have meetings. 1stMile’s time commitment depends a lot on the company; the easier it is to gather the information, the least time is required to finish an application.

Remark: The program is targets projects in Denmark only, thus the grant information is primarily in Danish.


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