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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Novo Nordisk Foundation awards DKK 138 million under its new data science and artificial intelligence initiative

Data science and artificial intelligence are important drivers in modern research and are essential for developing such areas as new climate solutions and pioneering health technologies. The Novo Nordisk Foundation has just awarded grants for the first 12 projects under its new major Data Science Initiative.

How do bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics? A new collaboration between researchers at the University of Copenhagen and Bielefeld University in Germany will focus on this question. The researchers will use artificial intelligence and machine learning to construct an advanced calculation model for discovering and monitoring the development of antibiotic-resistant..

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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.