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
- 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