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With a mission to create the knowledge foundations for accelerated drug discovery, the ODIN pilot project has so far included two call rounds.

The basic set-up was the same for both call rounds:

The project ideas were openly shared by either industry or academic researchers before the proposers source input and partners from the network. In this way, the ODIN model creates strong partnerships and projects for the benefit of many stakeholders.

The flow charts below, briefly illustrates the workflow for each of these call rounds. Our experiences from the first call round made us focus more on the matchmaking process in the second call round. Freja, who is our scientific facilitator, plays an active role in matchmaking academic researchers with industry partners and we have arranged several pitch sessions where both academia and industry present their research ideas and needs, respectively.

ODIN received applications based on the project ideas. These were reviewed by our Project Review Committee, with members from both industry and academia, and by an anonymous International Peer Review Panel with expert knowledge within these fields. Based on the nominations by the Project Review Committee, ODIN’s Steering Group decided which projects to fund. We believe that this competitive review is the best way to ensure that only the best and most relevant projects are funded.

Throughout the two call rounds, the building of trust between the project participants is essential: For an open project to succeed, a high level of trust is required to establish solid partnerships.


If you are curious about what we have learned so far, you are very welcome to contact us.    


Originally, the ODIN secretariat wanted to host structured ideation events, with the purpose of participants pitching and discussing ideas. Although networking may be associated with physical meetings, the COVID-19 situation forced us to go digital, and the ODIN secretariat created a digital matchmaking site, which allowed members to upload ideas for new projects and look for partners.

Of the uploaded 37 project ideas, 19 were taken through to written applications for funding, and five projects were funded in the first call round. Click here to read more about these projects.

The figure to the left illustrates the ODIN workflow in the first call round.


In the second call round, the longer matchmaking phase provides enough time for the ODIN secretariat to host virtual pitch session. Participating companies will be invited to pitch their ideas and research needs, and AU-based researchers will also be given the opportunity to pitch the ideas, which have been posted on the platform. You can stay up-to-date by keeping an eye on our News and Events page or by following us on LinkedIn or Twitter.

The figure to the left illustrates the ODIN workflow for the second call round.

You can also see a schematic overview of the eight steps on the page "The second call round".