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NNF Laureate Research Grant

Application system opens for stage I

7 December 2016


Deadline for stage I applications

24 January 2017 at 17:00 GMT


Stage I Applicant notification

By April 2017


Review committee

Will be announced early January 2017

Udvalg for Internationale Forskningsledergrants

Lars Fugger, Henrik Callesen, Mette M. Rosenkilde, Anna Christina Krook, Jens Otto Lunde Jørgensen, Jan-Erling Bäckvall, Susanne Mandrup, Søren Kragh Moestrup

Link to committee


NNF Laureate Research Grants are for outstanding established scientists to come to Denmark to strengthen their groundbreaking research programs. These grants provide funding for research leaders to conduct large and long-term projects with transformative potential. The NNF is seeking to support exceptional scientists working within any area of biomedical and/or biotechnological sciences.



  • An applicant must be a principal investigator with an independent research program that s/he has directed for 7 or more years in total.
  • An applicant may have any nationality and must be employed as a scientist outside of Denmark. An applicant may not have an employed position in Denmark during the entire application process.
  • The host institution can be anywhere in Denmark and must be a university, university hospital, public research institution or other non-profit organization.



  • Up to 2 NNF Laureate Research Grants will be awarded in 2017. 
  • Grants up to DKK 40 million (EUR ~5.4 M, USD ~6 M) for a period of 7 years. Up to DKK 10 M may be utilized for establishment of the laboratory during the first year, with following years funded at up to DKK 5 M per year.
  • After 5 years of research supported by the NNF Laureate Research Grant, the grant holder may apply for one extension period of up to 7 years. Funding may again be up to DKK 5 M per year, with a limit of DKK 35 M in total.



The application process consists of two stages. Stage I applications must be completed and submitted using the internet-based system following the instructions in the “Information and guidelines for applicants” pdf, found at the link below. Additional essential information regarding eligibility, funding and the application process is found in this pdf.


Up to 4 applicants will be invited to stage II. The major elements of the stage II application will be a comprehensive research program proposal and a letter of commitment from the host institution in Denmark. Stage II applicants will be invited to the Novo Nordisk Foundation for interviews with the NNF review committee. Grant notification will occur by October, 2017.


Evaluation of applications and selection of grant awardees will be based on scientific excellence, originality and potential impact.



John Peter Wittschieben

Senior Scientific Officer

Tlf.: +45 3527 6613