Borregaard Clinical Ascending Investigator

Borregaard Clinical Ascending Investigator

Clinical Science
Place of research
Up to DKK 10 mio. per grant
Recurring call
Expected October 2022
Call opens
2023, 2pm (CET)
How to apply Apply
Call opens
20 Oct 2022
17 Jan 2023, 2pm (CET)
How to apply
Up to DKK 10 mio. per grant
Announcement of results:
Mid May 2023

The application guidelines are from 2021/2022 – will be updated before the next application round opens!


To promote and strengthen Danish clinical and translational research at a high international level and to stimulate the continued development of excellent clinical research leaders, the Novo Nordisk Foundation seeks to support the consolidation of accomplished clinically active doctors with ambitious and clinically relevant 5-year research projects.


  • The project must be a 5-year project, and it must be anchored at a Danish university, hospital or other non-profit research institution. It is essential, that applicant’s own salary must be covered throughout the 5-year project period). The amount needed to cover the salary of a qualified substitute, that will undertake part of the applicant’s clinical responsibilities during the project period must be allocated.
  • Applicants must have an MD and should have a Ph.D. or a dr. med. or similar qualifications.
  • Applicants must be fully qualified specialist physicians employed in full time clinical positions at a Danish hospital.
  • Applicants should be at the associate professor level or have similar qualifications.
  • Professors, incl. clinical professors, cannot apply for this particular call – but can apply for the foundation’s ‘Clinical Distinguished Investigator’ grant.
  • Applicants must have institutional support from the heads of both the clinical department and the department where the research is to be performed (hosting and support letters must be uploaded to the application, please see section 3.5).
  • ‘Borregaard Clinical Ascending Investigator’ grants are individual grants at the disposal of the applicant. If the applied project involves collaboration, the collaboration and the nature of the collaboration should be described in the project description, but the applicant must be the clear driver of the project (it is not possible to have or register co-applicants for this specific call).
  • A ‘Borregaard Clinical Ascending Investigator’ grant can only be awarded twice to a specific research leader.

Research Field

The overall goal is to support medical research with relevance to patients and human health. The research fields could be within, but are not limited to: Patients and disease related research, translational and clinical research, research in: disease mechanisms; treatment methods; disease trajectories, epidemiology; diagnostic methods; public health and family medicine, intervention studies, register-based research, proof-of concept studies, pilot projects, initial clinical trials and clinical testing, biomedicine etc.


The 5-year grant amounts up to DKK 10 million. The amount needed to cover the salary of a qualified substitute, that will undertake part of the applicant’s clinical responsibilities during the project period, must be applied for and up to DKK 1.5 million per budget year can be allocated to project related expenses.

Up to four Borregaard Clinical Ascending Investigator Grants will be awarded in 2022.

Application process

The application must be completed and submitted using the foundation’s electronic application system, using the link “Apply”. Link is found at the top of the page and will be visible when the call opens.

It is very important, that the applicant carefully reads the guidelines, before initiating the application process. This document contains the complete call as well as detailed instructions for the application process.