International Funding for SMEs


31. Jan 2024

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Take your business to the next level. Internationalization is the key to growth, and Clean is ready to support you. Our upcoming funding program opens doors for the development of international partnerships, support for project implementation, and ongoing international activities. Submit your application become part of this exciting journey and expand your company’s horizons.

This funding is intended to support the following types of activities:

  • Development of international partnerships in a specific market.
  • Support for the implementation of projects.
  • Support for ongoing international activities.

Please note that the funding is only for salary costs for Danish SMEs.


Requirements for application:

The main applicant must be a Danish SME (1-249 employees) – knowledge institutions, utilities, associations, etc. are not eligible applicants.

  • Must have an international partner.
  • Budget is DKK 100,000 (50% funding rate).
  • The project must be completed by September 30, 2024.
  • Relevant to the environmental technology sector (CLEAN focus areas).


Evaluation criteria:

  • Strengthen partnership with international partners (20%)
  • Positive impact on environmental issues (20%)
  • Growth potential for the SME in the market (30%)
  • Innovative nature of the project proposal (30%)


Application deadline:

The application deadline is no later than Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 17:00.

Applications will be assessed and approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline or funding pool is exhausted.

Please send your application via the link and attach:

Application form
Partner statement
De minimis

Please fill in the form below and attach the following documents with your application:

We encourage all interested SMEs to contact CLEAN with your project idea.

The partnerships are co-financed by the Danish Business Promotion Agency, the European Union and the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science.


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