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Seed funding

SHAPE awards seed funding to projects at Aarhus University which aim to understand and support the development of digital citizenship. Examples of research projects or activities who can apply for seed funding are seminars, conferences or writing groups, but can also be of more interfering or activistic character containing e.g., public involvement or collaboration with companies. Support may also be granted to activities that include students. 

Even though SHAPE interprets the concept of digital active citizenship very broadly, projects must involve more than simply using data to study a given phenomenon. No matter whether a project is analytical or more activistic, it will not be supported unless it maintains a knowledge-seeking approach to the connection between data/algorithms and democracy/active citizenship. Projects which attach importance to cross-disciplinarity or intend to apply for external funding will be preferred.


  • The project or activity addresses one or more aspects of digitalisation, democracy and citizenship

  • Employees and PhD students at Aarhus University can apply for seed funding

  • The project or activity has a future perspective

  • Projects emphasizing interdisciplinarity or with the goal of achieving external funding are preferred

  • Any funding must be spend in 2023

Formal requirements
PhD Students and employees at Aarhus University can apply for grants of up to 75,000 DKK. Applications must contain a brief description of the activity or project in question, including a description of the project outcome, a time frame, and a budget. Applications should not be more than about two pages long in total. Applications may be written in English or Danish.

Please send applications to shape@cc.au.dk. Application deadline is 19 February 2023

Seed funding recipients 2022

  • Janet Rafner, Dept. of Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Semoitics and the Center for Hybrid Intelligence & Dept. of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
    Project title: Visual human-AI-partnerships for civic action
    Center for Aesthetics of AI Images (AU), Center for Hybrid Intelligence (AU), Academy for Talented Youth (ATU, Region Midt), Aarhus International School (AIS), The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV) og Aarhus Kommune (ITK CityLab)
  • Marie Louise Tørring, Dept. of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University
    Project title: The CAVA-Project: Comparing Adverse Vaccine Event Reporting – an interdisciplinary study of early 21st Century digital health citizenship in Denmark

    AU Nat: Center for Science Studies: Kristian Hvidtfelt Nielsen, Torben Esbo Agergaard
    AU Arts: Center for Humanities Computing: Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo; Linguistics, Cognitive Science & Semiotics: Rebekah B. Baglini, Alexandra R. Kratschmer, Ana Paulla Braga Matos; Dep. of English: Antoinette Fage-Butler; Dep. Anthropology: Stine Hauberg Nielsen, Ane Kathrine Lolholm Gammelby
    AU Health: Dep. of Epidemiology: Dorte Rytter; Dep. of Health Service Research, Loni Kraus Ledderer
    Aarhus Univ. Hospital: Functional Disorders, Lisbeth Frostholm
  • Midas Nouwens and Jonas Frich, Dept. of Digital Design and Information Studies, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University
    Project title: Amplifying Data Rights

  • Lotte Philipsen, Dept. of Art History, Aesthetics and Culture and Museology, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University
    Project title: AI billedpraksisser som digitalt medborgerskab

  • Per Andersen og Bettina Lemann Kristiansen, Department of Law, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
    Project title: seminarrække om digitalt medborgerskab i retligt lys

  • Jakob Linaa Jensen, Dept. of Media and Journalism Studies, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University
    Project title: Spørgeskemaundersøgelse af befolkningens brug af sociale medier i valgkampen
    Prof. Helene Helbroe Pedersen and Assoc. Prof. Jens Peter Frølund from Department of Political Science, AU. Sander Schwartz from University of Roskilde Universitet and Lisbeth Klastrup from ITU.
  • Adela Sobotkova, Dept. of History and Classical Studies, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University
    Project title: Testing Democracy from the Bottom-Up: Plan and Reality of Civil Defense in Cold-War Aarhus

  • Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, Dept. of Comparative Literature and Rhetoric, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University
    Project title: Videreførelse af Human Futures-aktiviteter omkring AI