New funding for the Danish Organic RDD programme: 50 million DKK to Danish research in organic farming and food systems

ICROFS is pleased to announce new funding under the Organic RDD research and development programme in cooperation with GUDP.

Photo credit: Jens Bonderup Kjeldsen, Department of Agroecology, Foulumgaard, Aarhus University

ICROFS’ research strategy 2022 is the foundation for the funding of Organic RDD9.

The current, not finally approved, edition of the research strategy can be found here (in Danish and English)

Planned focus areas for Organic RDD9

In the Organic RDD 9 programme it is possible to apply within all six focus areas, but ICROFS’ board especially prioritizes projects which are based on, or integrate, the focus areas:

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate and environment
  • Health and welfare

including the challenges, which the organic farmers and organic companies are facing, in relation to:

  • Circular bioeconomy
  • The FUTURE organic consumer
  • Organic farming – for a living

The projects may address selected topics within one or more focus areas, but should be based on a food system approach, be holistically oriented, and include the value chain and the users of the produced knowledge as well as the end-user (the consumer) to the extent that it is relevant.

The development of the organic sector must be sustainable for the farmers as well as for the society, and must meet the expectations of the consumers and society. Based on this, especially innovation, research, development, and demonstration are welcomed within the following areas, which are specified further in ICROFS’ research and development strategy 2022:

  • Cropping and husbandry systems, initiatives and methods that support biodiversity in the farmed soil, on the farmed areas, as well as on the surrounding and connected areas in the farmed landscape. This includes investigation of interplay between biodiversity and soil fertility, e.g., in regenerative farming systems, production systems with high diversity and with combinations of plant- and livestock production, and in systems with agroforestry and perennial crops with high soil carbon sequestration.
  • Quantification and valuation of the effect of organic farming on nature, biodiversity, and ecological functions. This includes documentation of pollination success and pest-regulation, improved soil fertility, -health, and – structure, as well as documentation for increased resilience in the production.
  • The role and integration of livestock in a sustainable food system that provides healthy food products with nutritious value, without compromising the climate- and environmental impact of the production, or the health and welfare of the livestock.
  • Organic farming- and production systems that improve healthy and resilient plants and plant-based foods, as well as the nutrition- and health quality of these foods.
  • Maintenance and improvement of soil fertility, health, resilience, and carbon sequestration, hereunder the role of livestock and the interplay between microorganisms, and microorganisms and plants.
  • Minimizing the negative impact on climate and environment from plant- and livestock production and adapting in relation to climate change. Resilient production systems and -technologies which increase the resource use efficiency and carbon sequestration, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce the loss of nutrients.

It is still possible to apply for funding either for projects with a business plan (type 1-projects) or project without a business plan, which are focusing exclusively on public goods and green sustainability effects (type 2-projects).

Info meetings concerning Organic RDD9

In connection with the new application-round, ICROFS is organising two info meetings, where you can learn more about the application process and hear more about the criteria, which forms the basis for the evaluation of the projects.

The info meetings will take place:

  • As an online meeting: Wednesday the 22nd. of March from 9-12:00 pm.
  • As a physical meeting in Aarhus, Horisont Hotel & ConferenceThursday the 30th. of March from 12-15:00 pm.

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Receive feedback on your project idea before sending your application

You can receive feedback on your project idea by sending a short project outline to the ICROFS-secretariat.

The project outline has to be written into a template, which can be found here

The project outline must be sent via e-mail to
The secretariat strives to have a maximum processing time of one week. You will receive feedback by phone.

Application material