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Exploratory pre-seed grants

Application system opens
August 22, 2017


Application deadline
October 5, 2017 at 2pm


Middle of December 2017


Committee on Exploratory Pre-seed Grants

Lars Fugger, Søren Kragh Moestrup, Thue W. Schwartz, Emmanuelle Coutanceau, Lene Oddershede, Morten Graugaard Døssing, Diana Muftic

Link to committee


The Exploratory Pre-seed Program is a stimulus fund established to accelerate commercialization of biomedical research findings and development of novel technologies within the life sciences.


The goal of an Exploratory Pre-seed Grant is to stimulate entrepreneurship and to explore the potential of research findings at a very early stage (pre-seed), and to prepare the project for a full pre-seed grant at a later stage.


The program seeks to support application-oriented research and to test new ideas that may lead to the development of new medical treatments, disease prevention, devices and diagnostic methods as well as new industrial biotechnology in the life science area.


The applicants can be faculty members, researchers and students based at universities, hospitals and other knowledge institutions in the Nordic countries.

Projects from incubator development programs are also eligible.


DKK 10 million are available for the funding of up to 20 project grants per year. Each grant can be up to DKK 0.5 million.


Application rounds will be open in spring and fall.


DKK 2 million are earmarked for follow-up grants of up to DKK 200,000 for specific commercialization related activities.


Follow-up grants can be applied for through Novo Seeds once the project has obtained an Exploratory Pre-seed Grant.


The application should be completed and submitted using the Foundation’s application system, which can be accessed on the left from August 22.


It is important to carefully read the Information and guidelines for applicants, accessed via the link below, before initiating the application process, as this document contains the complete call, as well as detailed instructions for the application.



Christina M. Hald

Administrative Coordinator

Tlf.: +45 3527 6615