Distinguished Innovator Grant

Distinguished Innovator Grant

Innovation and early commercialization
Place of research
Danish research Institution
Up to DKK 6 million per grant
Call opens
2021, 2PM CET
How to apply Apply
Call opens
15 Jan 2021
15 Mar 2021, 2PM CET
How to apply
Up to DKK 6 million per grant
Announcement of results:
End of June 2021


The purpose of the Distinguished Innovator Grant is to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship by allowing for innovative researchers in Life Science to explore the commercial potential of a discovery while they remain embedded in academia.

In contrast to other more short-term grants, the Distinguished Innovator Grant will provide the grantee with the long-term resources needed to test and mature discoveries throughout a full innovation lifecycle: from idea generation and discovery, through the exploration of the problem-solution space, to lead-candidate optimization and selection or prototyping. A particular focus for the Distinguished Innovator Grant is to provide the support needed to succeed with the project maturation, i.e. support from experts within legal counsel, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Areas of support

The Distinguished Innovator Grant primarily seeks to support research within Life Science (medtech, industrial biotech, or pharma) and to stimulate the evaluation of ideas that may lead to the development of new medical treatment, disease prevention, diagnostic methods as well as new health technologies and devices to benefit people and society.


The Main Applicant can be a faculty member or senior researcher employed at Danish research institutions or hospitals/clinics. The Main Applicant can also come from pharma/industrial biotech/medtech industry or similar. It is required that the Main Applicant holds a research position and has a proven track record within innovation, i.e. previous experience of academic innovation projects and/or experience of establishing spin-outs from the academia.

Please read the Information and Guidelines carefully before applying.


A total of DKK 30 million is available for funding in 2021.

Each grant can be of maximum DKK 6 million for a period of 3 years (max DKK 2 million per year).

Application process

The application should be completed and submitted using the Foundation’s application system.

It is important to carefully read the “Information and guidelines for applicants”, accessed via ‘How to apply’ above, before initiating the application process, as this document contains the complete call, as well as detailed instructions for the application.