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Novo Nordisk Foundation Symposia

Application system opens

January 22, 2019


Deadline for applications

March 19, 2019 at 2pm


Decision announcements

End of May 2019



This is an annual call.

The next application round is expected to open in January 2020.

The call and application guidelines will be updated before the next application round opens.


The objective of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Symposia is to provide leading as well as younger researchers with opportunities to present and discuss the newest research within their fields.


The symposia will be planned in cooperation with the Novo Nordisk Foundation and are to be held at the conference facilities at the Novo Nordisk Foundation in Hellerup, Denmark.

The symposia can be attended by up to 150 participants.


The Novo Nordisk Foundation offers funding for up to two one-day symposia to be held in 2019.


Internationally renowned researchers in any Nordic country can apply to arrange a Novo Nordisk Foundation Symposium.

The scientific themes of the symposia must be within the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s funding areas.

A minimum of four internationally prominent speakers must give presentations of at least 30 minutes each within the theme of the symposium.

One or more poster sessions must be a part of the scientific program.


The evaluation of Novo Nordisk Foundation Symposia applications will be based on:

  • The applicant’s curriculum vitae and scientific record
  • Theme and purpose of the symposium
  • Draft scientific program
  • Planned featured speakers
  • Expected interest and participation of research community


For each symposium, up to DKK 150,000 can be applied for.

Funding covers travel and accommodation expenses for the grantee, organizers and invited speakers.


Each grant will be supplemented by up to DKK 170,000, which will be administrated by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, for practical arrangements in connection with the symposium.

Application process

The application must be completed and submitted using the foundation’s application system.


We recommend that applicants carefully read the application instructions before initiating the application process. Additional essential information on the call and application process is found in this document.



Christina M. Hald


Tlf.: +45 3527 6615