Arla Food for Health Application process

AFH follows a one-stage application process based on submission of expressions of interest. Project activities in EOI could comprise proof of concept studies or additional activities to ongoing projects, where these specifically address the topics of interest of this call. Interactions within and between Centre members and (inter)national partners are encouraged and will be considered in the evaluation process of EOIs. Finally, it is a prerequisite that the main applicant (Principal Investigator) is affiliated to one of the AFH partner universities.


The submission deadline for EOIs is 15th October 2018 at 17:00 CET.


Review process

  • EOIs will be reviewed, in first instance, by external science advisors and ranked according to science quality
  • The AFH Steering Committee (SC) conducts an internal review to assess: (i) the science quality as ranked by external science advisors. ii) within call, (iii) strategic fit (Arla and University perspective) (iv) business relevance (Arla perspective. Projects with a high science quality rating but low business relevance, or low strategic fit, will not be selected.)  v) Finally, projects including three or more of the AFH partners will gain priority. 
  • AFH Steering Committee approves final selection of projects to be funded for the call.
  • The Head of AFH communicates decision to principal investigators for selected projects, including any requirement for amendments to EOI.


Important dates

15/06/2018 Announcement of 5th Call for EOI

15/10/2018 Last date to submit EOI

10/12/2018 Decision on funding

31/01/2019 Final project approval and contractual (provisionary date)