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Supporting research leaders at all career stages

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Leader Programme aims to ensure that excellent research leaders have the opportunity to pursue ambitious and innovative projects.

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Twelve biotechnology projects boost the green transition

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded grants totalling DKK 115.7 million for 12 biotechnology research projects that will contribute to solving major challenges associated with the green transition within agricultural and food production and industry. The grants are part of the Foundation’s Research Leader Programme.

Can microorganisms hold the key to solving three of our greatest biotechnological challenges: sustainable production of chemicals, carbon capture and renewable energy storage? A new research project led by Amelia-Elena Rotaru, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark will try to answer this question. She will investigate whether..

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DKK 2.4 billion over 5 years

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has allocated DKK 2.4 billion (€322 million) for its Research Leader Programme aimed at excellent research leaders at different stages of their careers.

Individual grants of up to DKK 10 million are awarded each year. The 5-year grants are awarded within the scientific fields:

  • Bioscience and basic biomedical research (2018- );
  • Clinical and translational research (2019- );
  • Data science research (2020- );
  • Endocrinology and metabolic research (2018- );
  • Industrial biotechnology and environmental biotechnology (2021- );
  • Plant science, agriculture and food biotechnology (2021- ); and
  • Biotechnology-based synthesis and production research (2019-2020).

The grants are awarded based on applications submitted in open competition. Calls for applications are typically open in late fall with deadlines in January.

See all Novo Nordisk Foundation calls here.