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Novo Nordisk Foundation Advanced Grant

Awarded to an exceptional scientist at a high international level whose research project is of the highest scientific quality and potential. The awardee is chosen by the Committee on Endocrinology and Metabolism based on the best project application received in the call for Research in Endocrinology and Metabolism – Nordic Countries.

About the Advanced Grant

With the Advanced Grant, the Novo Nordisk Foundation seeks to support the best researchers in the Nordic countries within endocrinology and metabolism with funding of a budget and timeframe that allows for focus and immersion in an important research subject.

The Advanced Grant is chosen by the Committee on Endocrinology and Metabolism based on the best project application received in the call for Research in Endocrinology and Metabolism – Nordic Countries. 

The selected researcher is invited to submit an extended 5-year research programme in preparation for being awarded a grant of DKK 10 million divided in DKK 2 million per year over a 5-year period. The committee evaluates the extended application and subsequently the foundation announces whether the grant will be awarded.

The prerequisite for being awarded the Advanced Grant is that the research project is of the highest scientific quality and potential and that the main applicant is an exceptional scientist at a high international level.

Earlier recipients of the Advanced Grant

The Advanced Grant was awarded for the first time in 2012, and has been given to the following scientists:

 

  • 2018: Professor Outimaija Mäkitie, University of Helsinki

                Project title: Clinical and genetic characteristics of
                early-onset osteoporosis.

 

  • 2017: Professor Juleen Zierath, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

            Project title: Integrative Biology of Excercise: Discovery of Cellular
            and Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Insulin Sensitivity
            and Muscle Function in Diabetes

  • 2016: Professor Kari Alitalo, Wihuri Research Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

       Project title: Vascular remodeling, stem cell recruitment
       and adipose tissue function

  • 2015: Professor Susanne Mandrup, Department of Biochemestry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark

Project title: Uncovering the molecular basis for nutritional reprogramming of the endocrine pancreas using novel in situ and genome-wide approaches

  • 2014: M.D., Ph.D. Yihai Cao, The Karolinska Institute, Stockholm

Project title: Modulation of Adipose Angiogenesis: A New Concept of Treatment of Obesity, Diabetes and other Metabolic Disease

  • 2013: Professor Fredrik Bäckhed, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg

Project title: Are the positive metabolic effects of bariatric surgery mediated by an altered gut microbiota?

  • 2012: Professor Per-Olof Berggren, The Karolinska Institute, Stockholm

Project title: An in vivo imaging approach to study pancreatic beta-cell Ca2+ signaling