2021 Upcoming deadlines – Start now!

2020 was not the year most of us had planned and is – finally – coming to an end.

In 1st Mile, we were challenged by a few Covid-19 related extraordinary calls which tested our ability to jump into new, unexpected application formats and fields. We worked hard to secure funding for innovative solutions helping to fight the pandemic or to secure funding for companies in distress.

And what now? Covid-19 affected the normal timeline and schedule leading to the new, upcoming 2021 calls.
Below is an overview of open calls and upcoming deadlines in the next few months:

Open calls right now:

  1. European Green Deal call: the last Horizon 2020-funded European Green Deal Call is a €1 billion call for research and innovation projects that respond to the climate crisis and help protect Europe’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity.
    Deadline: 26th January 2021
    Additional information: Green Deal Call

2. is an initiative launched by Industriens Fond to assist SMEs in Denmark during the Covid-19 pandemic, by allocating DKK 150 mil to support companies in distress in different areas. 1st Mile offers 15, 30, or 50-hour free consulting packages on available funding opportunities.
Deadline: Open for applicants until May 2021
Additional information: or contact Project Lead Heidi Ann Vorgaard Andersen, at

Upcoming deadlines:

  1. Horizon Europe:  the end of 2020 also marks the end of Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest research and innovation programme between 2014 and 2020. The Commission is already working on Horizon Europe, an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme running from 2021 to 2027 to succeed Horizon 2020.
    Calls for 2021 should have been in January 2021 but have been postponed due to Covid-19.
    Calls and deadlines: official calls are not out yet, but the first ones are likely to be at the beginning of June 2021
    Additional information: Horizon Europe

    – EIC Accelerator – SME Instrument:
    one of the many funding opportunities under the Horizon Europe umbrella, the EIC targets SMEs willing to identify, develop and deploy high-risk innovations of all kind. A particular focus is on breakthrough, market-creating and deep-tech innovations. The call offers up to € 2.5 million grant component for technology development and validation (e.g. TRL 5/6 to 8) and € 0.5 to EUR 15 million investment component for scaling up and any other activities
    Calls and deadlines: 9th June 2021 and 6th October 2021
    Additional information: EIC Accelerator – SME Instrument

  2. EUDP: the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program is a funding scheme under the Danish Energy Agency supporting private danish companies and universities to develop and demonstrate new and innovative energy technologies. The program supports a wide spectrum of green energy technologies and solutions.
    Calls and deadlines: official calls are not out yet, but the first ones are likely to be at the beginning of March
    Additional information: EUDP

3. Innovationsfonden: Innovation Fund Denmark invests in the best research and innovation projects with the potential to create knowledge, growth and employment in Denmark.

– Grand Solutions: Do you have a visionary and ambitious research project that makes a difference – even on a global scale Grand Solutions projects are characterised by a high-risk profile and focus on ambitious results with high-value creation whether in the form of new knowledge, improvement of/or new processes, systems, products or solutions to societal challenges.
Deadline: 11th February 2021
Additional information: IFGS

– Innobooster: Are you a company with a development project that can grow? Innobooster is a grant to companies that wish to develop and make a new product or service ready for the market or to improve a process that increases the company’s competitiveness and creates growth. The grant may help reduce the company’s project-related risks.
Application period: the official application period is not open yet, but is likely to open in January 2021
Additional information: Innobooster

4. The European Innovation Fund: are you a small-project working on clean energy and industry projects? The European Innovation fund is a € 100 million funding program targeting clean energy and clean industry projects that contribute to the green recovery of Europe’s economy and have total capital costs between € 2.5 and 7.5 million. Applicants can benefit from simplified one-stage application and selection procedures, and the fund grants.
Application period: the official application period is not open yet, but will be open until 10th March 2021
Additional information: Innovation Fund

5. Eurostars: Eurostars supports innovative development projects, product development and application of existing technology in new areas of SMEs. There must be a minimum of two partners from two different EU member countries in the project. Eurostars supports projects with up to EUR 300,000 for Danish applicants.
Deadline: 4th February 2021
Additional information: Eurostars

Copenvirk – EU funding for business development

Are you looking for 4 -15 million DKK to accelerate your business development and become the first-mover with new technology? CopenVirk – a project by the Greater Copenhagen EU Office (GCPHEU) – is a free public service to help you get started. 1st Mile has been chosen as one of the consultancy firms to help companies identify and apply for relevant EU funding opportunities.

Since CopenVirk started in 2015, the GCPHEU has helped more than 150 companies start a process of applying for EU support and more than 30% of the application were approved, leading to more than 300 million DKK in EU- support to these companies. The EU can fund approx. 70% of the cost of projects is on researching new technologies, developing a prototype, or demonstrating a prototype.

To have a good chance in the tough competition for funds, the product must be new to the world and have a very high commercial potential.

The free CopenVirk service includes:

  • Identification of the EU program fitting your development needs best
  • Guidance on how ambitious the project has to be to get funded
  • Validation of the chances to get EU funding
  • Preparation of a project outline on 2-3 pages
  • Secure a Danish subsidy for the writing process (if possible) CopenVirk is financed by municipalities in Eastern Denmark and lead by GCPHEU. The service is brought to you in cooperation with the regional business hubs and local business promoters.

1. Objective guidance in EU funding by GCPHEU – 30 minutes on the phone
2. Validation of EU program match and guidance on the application with a private consultancy – meeting at the company for 1 hour.
3. Follow-up on the project and application by the private consultancy via e- mail
4. After the CopenVirk service has ended, the company will have to write the application for EU funding or pay a consultant to do it.

GCPHEU represents the Capital Region of Denmark, Zealand Denmark, the 46 municipalities in the regions, University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen Business School, and Roskilde University. IT works to engage and assist public and private actors in the Capital Region and Region Zealand in obtaining EU support.

GCPHEU launched its corporate service called CopenVirk on 1 July 2015 with the aim of creating more and better applications from companies in the Capital Region in order to attract more EU funds to companies. Following the merger between Copenhagen EU Office and Zealand Denmark EU Office, which entered into force on 1 January 2019, CopenVirk has also covered companies in Region Zealand. This tender thus builds on an existing service with the focus on doing more for companies that would not otherwise have applied for EU support, while the service supports the largest possible repatriation of EU funds to companies in all 46 municipalities in Eastern Denmark. , which finances the business service.

For more information read here or reach out to our Project Lead, Heidi Ann Vorgaard Andersen, at

What will come after Horizon 2020?

2020 – one of the most disruptive and unpredictable years so far – is coming to an end. The end of 2020 (wich we are all looking forward to),  also marks the end of Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest research and innovation programme, with nearly €80 billion of funding available between 2014 and 2020.

So what will come after Horizon 2020?

1st Mile chosen by Industriens Fond to support Danish SME in the fight against Covid-19 consequences

Danish business is hit hard these days. Growth and start-up companies still need capital from investors (business angels, Growth Fund, venture funds, public support programs, etc.) to finance their development towards the market. An estimated 2/3 of investors are out of the market as a result of the Covid-19 related crisis, and there is an urgent need to match these startups to the investors currently available and to develop new investment strategies for the next 12-18 months. is an initiative launched by the Industriens Fond to assist SME in Denmark during the corona pandemic, by allocating DKK 150 mio to support companies in different areas such as digitization, sales, production, supply chains, exports, cost adjustment, innovation and business development. IF has teamed up with Dansk Erhverv and Dansk Industri, who support the initiative by helping to reach out to companies quickly.

1st Mile is happy to announce that it was selected by Industriens Fund to use its long-dated expertise in project financing to help SME Danish looking for funding and investors for business development.

“ As a first step, a consultancy team is immediately launched, with experienced consultants from the consulting industry. The consultants can provide strategic assistance to companies that need to find new avenues for revenue. For example, it may be about changes in the production and development of their business model. It is important that we look ahead so that the Danish business community stays competitive” – Lars Sandahl Sørensen, CEO of Dans Industri, one of Industriens Fond’s partners

For 1st Mile this is an important opportunity to help raise capital for Danish companies and start-ups that would otherwise have died as a result of the Corona crisis’s impact on investors. The selected companies will be presented with a clear picture of their opportunities among sources such as business angels networks, venture funds, lend and crowdfunding and support programs such as Innobooster and the EU’s Horizon 2020 SME program.

Are you looking for funding and have had a hard time recently due to the corona pandemic? We can help! Contact project lead Heidi Ann Vorgaard Andersen at

Another success for 1st Mile: LED iBond awarded a grant of DKK 6.1 million for development of smart lighting

The Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP), managed by the Danish Energy Agency, awarded a total grant of DKK 9.6 million to LED iBond International’s project ”LED Light as IoT infrastructure for buildings and industrial applications

We are hiring!


1st Mile catalyzes the green transition by finding capital for companies and their innovative technologies. We are looking for 2-3 new business developers to develop and write business strategies for our clients.

Sustainable technologies are the solutions to many of the World’s problems, and the green transition calls for sharp business strategies to build environmentally as well as commercially sustainable businesses. Since 2007, 1st Mile has built business cases and found funding for them and with the world going greener, we need new colleagues for our already strong and competent team.

The ideal candidate knows how to write a business plan and to develop it with our clients and the rest of the team, but also how to manage the process towards the finished deliverable, which is most often an application for funding programs such as EUDP, Innovation Fund Denmark and EIC Accelerator.

You need to excel in most of these fields:

  • Able to understand green technologies
  • Understand and develop business cases
  • Master writing in English
  • Communicate with top management levels in organization
  • Politically savvy
  • Manage complex processes, often driven by sharp deadlines
  • Understand when to bring skills and capabilities from other members into play

We imagine this is your profile::

  • Some years of experience writing applications for funding programs
  • Trustworthy and honest
  • Strong business acumen
  • Proactive approach with a good portion of empathy
  • Seasoned in managing processes and take decisions
  • A team player, who runs the projects assigned to you as well as assist on the projects your team members run

About 1st Mile

1st Mile offers jobs in the vanguard of green innovations. We have secured funding for energy and sustainable projects in excess of €200 million since we started in 2007, and thus taken many innovations to the next level. We believe we play an important, and often mission-critical, role in linking new innovations to the market, and thus bringing the good ideas to fruitful implementation in real life. We strive to make the World a better place by bringing out and maturing the technologies that are needed to do that.


Reach out to CEO Søren Houmøller at or +45 40446714 for questions and more information.

EUDP call sets at least DKK 467 mio for 2021 call

On May 6th, the Ansøgningsfrist took place for applications to ERA-Net SES and EUDP. The presentation revealed the main funding pools and deadlines for the 2021 EUDP calls.

The next EUDP upcoming deadline for Danish companies looking for capital is September 3d 2021.

The general pool is composed of at least DKK 467 mio, of which DKK 100 million will be devoted to Carbon Capture and Storage technologies, as well as PtX. 4 additional special pools, have been created, of which for now only the first two have been unveiled.

The first Special Pool is Power-to-X, for which DKK 16.5 million will be made available. The EUDP invites projects that focus on the development and demonstration of technologies necessary to enable the refinement of hydrogen into “X” products to apply here. The second group is CO2 storage in the North Sea with total funding of DKK 197 million.

In 2020, EUDP had a General Funding of DKK 250 million, an amount which has more than doubled for the September 2021 call. This is a record amount for the EUDP, which is targeting more than ever the need for green solutions. Two additional special pools will be announced in mid-June. 

The Board has established a new strategy for EUDP towards 2030. The strategy places special focus on 8 areas that reflect the challenges we face as a society in the coming period. These areas are largely in line with the challenges the EU and other regions are facing in the fight against global warming. 

Are you a Danish SME looking for financing?

1st Mile has extensive experience in submitting applications to the EUDP call. Be sure to contact us now for more information.

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Three tips to write a winning application

Writing, submitting and obtaining grants for your organization can be a challenging and stressful experience. Especially at the beginning, several topics need to be addressed: where to start, which narrative to use and how to convey the importance of a project or idea that you passionately believe in.

In this article, we give you three good tips to improve your application and increase the chance of a successful application. Ready?

1. Are you the right fit?

Make sure you understand the agency grant program and check your eligibility. Read the call for proposals carefully and make sure your idea and/or your project fit the selection criteria. Compromising to fit a fund is not advised, whereas looking for potential funders who value what you want to achieve should be your goal.

Good planning and a clear understanding of your project beforehand will increase the chance of finding a matching fund and writing a winning application.

2. Which story are you going to tell?

Once you have picked the fund, make sure you know which story to tell before you start writing the application. Funders want to know that the money they give to projects will make a change in people’s lives. They need to understand the impact of the technology you describe. Solid data of course helps – but having a story and being able to tell it in a captivating, engaging and simple way can make a difference.

In short, your application should clearly tell your story in a consistent and easy to follow way. On top of that, it should be measured and translated into a measurable project plan with measurable success criteria.

3. Ask someone else to read your work

Having a fresh pair of eyes read your work and suggest some changes is a must. Towards the end of your application writing, set aside 24-48h to give others the chance to read through the application and give you feedback. This process will hardly be useless.

1st Mile provides consulting services for successful grant application since 2007. So far, we have helped fund more than 200 million euros for our clients’ highly innovative projects, both in Denmark and in the EU.

Thinking of applying for funding? Reach out to 1st Mile and get started!