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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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The Novo Nordisk Foundation awards DKK 400 million – 41 research leaders have a unique opportunity to pursue ambitious long-term projects

The Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Research Leader Programme gives talented researchers the opportunity to investigate hypotheses with great potential and to develop new techniques and methods. The Programme also aims to support the continuing development of both young talented and top researchers.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded 41 grants of up to DKK 10 million each to outstanding research leaders at different stages of their careers. The Programme supports both young talented researchers in the early stages of their career, talented research leaders at the intermediate career stage and established professors at..

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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.

Up to 48 grants of up to DKK 10 million each are awarded each year. The 5-year grants are awarded within four scientific fields:

  • endocrinology and metabolic research;
  • biotechnology-based synthesis and production research;
  • clinical and translational research; and
  • bioscience and basic biomedical research.

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.