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Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Research Leader Programme

Grant Capital  
Grant capital is DKK 120 million to award up to 12 five-year grants of up to DKK 10 million each. Four of each grant types (i.e. Emerging Investigator, Ascending Investigator, Distinguished Investigator) can be awarded. 


Application system opens
October 10, 2017


Application deadline
December 5, 2017 at 2pm


End of March 2018


Earliest project start date
May 1, 2018


Latest project start date
February 1, 2019

Komite for Biovidenskab og Basal Biomedicin

Susanne Mandrup, Søren Kragh Moestrup, Tim Tolker-Nielsen, Thomas Lars Andresen, Ole Nørregaard Jensen, Christian Aalkjær, Helle Waagepetersen, Susanne Ditlevsen, Jens Stougaard, Marja Jäättelä, Birthe Brandt Kragelund, Anders Krogh

Link to committee


To support the best and the most creative research leaders at all steps of their careers from start-up to established principal investigators, the Novo Nordisk Foundation offers 3 specific grants within the ‘Research Leader Programme’ (schematized below) to stimulate excellence and the possibility to pursue ambitious and relevant projects. The specific calls ‘Emerging Investigator’, ‘Ascending Investigator’, and ‘Distinguished Investigator’ each targets principal investigators at specific career-stages, and applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the requirements in each call, to ensure they are eligible and apply for the appropriate call. 





The overall goal is to support basic research within bioscience and basic biomedicine to obtain knowledge with relevance for the human organism.



  • The project and the applicant must be anchored at a Danish research institution.
  • Excellence is the main evaluation criteria.


More information on the individual calls

‘Hallas-Møller’ Emerging Investigator

‘Hallas-Møller’ Ascending Investigator

Distinguished Investigator




Kirsten Klüver

Senior Administrator

Tlf.: +45 3527 6674