Humanitarian Emergency Aid – Humanitarian Purposes outside Denmark

Open for applications on
2019, (14:00CET)
Award amount:
Up to DKK 1,000,000 per grant available for granting
Announcement of results:
December 2019

Humanitarian Crises Support Q4 2019


With this open call for applications, the Novo Nordisk Foundation supports humanitarian crisis initiatives targeting vulnerable populations affected by sudden onset and/or protracted humanitarian crises.


A humanitarian crisis can be described as occurring ‘when the human, physical, economic or environmental damage from an event, or series of events, overwhelms a community’s capacity to cope’ (World Vision, 2018). Often associated as being the consequence of a singular, disastrous event such as an earthquake or hurricane, contemporary humanitarian crises are usually a consequence of conflict and state fragility that drives the most vulnerable populations to become displaced or in need of humanitarian aid (Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI, 2019).

The Novo Nordisk Foundation acknowledges that a humanitarian crisis can be sudden or slow onset and protracted, and that longer-term crises may comprise several humanitarian emergency situations.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation will rely on information from multiple international organisations when assessing whether an application should be considered relevant in this category.


Organisations and institutions with a registration in Denmark, specifically documented with a Danish CVR number, may apply for grants in the Humanitarian Crisis Support Q4 2019 open call for applications.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation will only accept applications from internationally recognised and highly transparent organisations and institutions whose annual reports and annual audited financial reports are publicly available.

The Foundation also expects applicant organisations and institutions to have implemented a code of conduct by which they are guided and with which they comply in accordance with ethical and humanitarian guidelines and standards, e.g. the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS).


The Novo Nordisk Foundation’s humanitarian and development initiatives aim to improve the opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people. The strategic focus is on youth empowerment and on fighting non-communicable diseases (NCD’s). Geographically, the Foundation’s efforts focus on countries affected by the Syrian crisis, primarily Jordan and secondarily Lebanon. For NCD initiatives, countries in eastern Africa are also a geographical focus.

In the application reviewing process, the Foundation will favour applications that are in line with the strategy.

However, a part of the overall grant capital is kept thematically and geographically unrestricted and applicants are encouraged to submit applications for projects that are outside the strategic scope. Applications can cover all areas of humanitarian interventions incl. rigid evaluations and pioneering approaches to financing and impact investment initiatives.


Each application can request funding up to DKK 1 million for a project with a maximum duration of 1 year.

The project can be an independent, delimited project or part of a larger project that receives support from other sources.

If the applicant has applied for or been awarded co-funding from other sources, the applicant must always state this in the budget.


Applications must be submitted in English.


Administrative support can constitute up to 5% of the total grant. The amount(s) must be applied for and must be included in the grant budget. Administrative support can only be used for administrative expenses that are directly related to the implementation of the project.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation does not support overhead expenses, i.e. expenses not directly related to and relevant to the project.


Applications must be submitted using the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s online application system NORMA. Applications must include a brief summary of the project together with a detailed project description of up to 20,000 characters and a budget for the project.

Please limit the number of appendixes to an absolute minimum.

Applicants are requested to read the application guidelines, ”Information and Guidelines for Applicants”, thoroughly before initiating the application process.

Please note that only organisational applicants are eligible for this call, which is of particular importance when creating a profile in the online application system NORMA.

If you experience technical issues, please contact the NORMA support team on

Susanne Schou
Senior Administrator

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