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Conferences, Symposia and Workshops

Application system opens

October 1, 2018


Deadline for applications

November 15, 2018 at 2pm


Decision announcements

End of December 2018


Earliest event date

Summer 2019


Latest event date

Summer 2020



This is a bi-annual call.
The next round is expected to open in March 2019, aiming at events taking place in 2020.


The objective of the Conferences, Symposia and Workshops grant is to promote knowledge sharing and networking activities by providing leading as well as younger researchers with opportunities to present and discuss the newest research and innovation activities within their fields. The aim is to support medium-sized events with a duration of 2-3 days typically. The events can be located at hospitals or universities and are organized by the researchers themselves. Typical examples of supported events are scientific conferences, innovation days, or student-organized events, all aiming at promoting knowledge-sharing and networking.


The events for the current call can be held between summer 2019- summer 2020.



The main applicant must be located in Denmark and be either a researcher at a high international level or a student representative for a student organisation. The main applicant must also be the lead organiser for the event.


The scientific themes of the event must be within the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s funding areas, i.e. health sciences, life sciences, natural sciences, technical sciences, and technologies and innovation within these, as well as art and art history research. Event topics concerning sustainability and interdisciplinarity are welcomed.


It is mandatory to have a significant representation of internationally prominent speakers, who must give presentations of at least 30 minutes each within the theme of the event.


One or more poster sessions must be a part of the scientific program, and the conference should be publicised widely and be open to the public.


For single-day events, please apply for the Novo Nordisk Foundation Symposia programme instead.



The evaluation of the applications for the Conferences, Symposia and Workshops grant will be based on:

  • The applicants’ curriculum vitae and track record
  • Theme and purpose of the conference
  • Draft conference program
  • Planned featured speakers
  • Expected interest and participation of research community, and efforts to target and include younger researchers and students in the event



For a grant, funding in the range DKK 50,000-500,000 can be applied for.


If desired, the applicant can request for the possibility to organize the event at the conference facilities at the Novo Nordisk Foundation in Hellerup, Denmark. In this case, each grant can be supplemented by up to DKK 250,000.


Funding covers travel and accommodation expenses for the grantee, organizers and invited speakers.


Application process

The application must be completed and submitted using the foundation’s application system.


We recommend that applicants carefully read the application instructions before initiating the application process. Additional essential information on the call and application process is found in this document.



Morten Bache

Senior Scientific Officer

Tlf.: +45 7730 1560