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Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme 2018

Grant capital
Up to DKK 5 mio. per year for 3 years, for a total budget of up to DKK 15 mio. per grant

Application form opens
November 1, 2017

Application deadline
Stage 1: February 6, 2018, 2pm
Stage 2: August 16, 2018, 2pm

Applicant notification
Stage 1: April, 2018
Stage 2: December, 2018

Earliest start date
January 2, 2019


Latest start date
December 31, 2019


The next application round is expected to open in April, 2019.

Udvalg for Interdisciplinær Forskning

Lars Fugger, Anna Christina Krook, Mette M. Rosenkilde, Henrik Callesen, Jan K. Schjørring, Jens Otto Lunde Jørgensen, Ole Nørregaard Jensen, Thomas Lars Andresen

Link to committee


With the Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme, the Novo Nordisk Foundation seeks to support research projects across disciplines, organizations and national borders. The research projects must aim at interdisciplinary biomedical and biotechnological approaches to resolve challenges in relation to health and disease, or better usage of natural resources.


The goal of the research programme is to:


  • Stimulate an interdisciplinary culture of research that spans across scientific disciplines and techniques.
  • Pursue creative and novel, high-risk/high-gain research ideas.
  • Strengthen and internationalize Danish research.



The individual research project must have a main applicant, who is anchored in Denmark, plus 1-3 co-applicants, who each represent different scientific or technical disciplines. The research projects must bring researchers from different scientific and/or technical disciplines together to resolve challenges in relation to health and disease, and better usage of natural resources. It is an advantage that the proposed research projects are supported by preliminary data.



Examples of disciplines could be; engineering, IT/computer science, medicine, mathematics, anthropology, physics, psychology, biology etc.


A project with co-applicants within the same discipline will generally not be considered interdisciplinary under this programme, and optimally, there should be one applicant/co-applicant from each of the disciplines described in the application.



Up to DKK 5 mio. per year can be requested for a project running over 3 years, for a total funding of up to DKK 15 mio. per project.



The application process will consist of two stages.


  • Stage 1 applications should be short ‘expressions of interest’ that will be evaluated by an independent assessment panel, after which selected projects will be invited to proceed to the Stage 2.
  • Stage 2, where the applicant will be invited to submit a detailed project description that will undergo external, expert peer review.


Please read ”Information and Guidelines for Applicants” carefully before initiating the application process. Additional and essential information is found in these guidelines.



Jens Peter Holst Lauritsen

Scientific Officer

Tlf.: +45 3527 6648


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