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NNF Young Investigator Award

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 Young Investigator Awards are for outstanding younger scientists to come to Denmark to expand their groundbreaking research programs. These awards provide funding for independent early- to mid-career researchers who are ready to conduct larger and more ambitious studies. 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 less than 7 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 4 NNF Young Investigator Awards will be granted in 2017.
  • Awards up to DKK 20 million (EUR ~2.7 M, USD ~3 M) for a period of 7 years. Up to DKK 5 M may be utilized for establishment of the laboratory during the first year, with following years funded at up to DKK 2.5 M per year. 



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 6 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. Award 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