NNF Young Investigator Award

Open for applications on
2019, 2pm (CET)
Award amount:
Up to DKK 25 mio. per grant available for granting
Announcement of results:
December 2019


NNF Young Investigator Awards are for outstanding younger scientists to come to Denmark to expand their groundbreaking research programs. These awards provide funding for independent early- to mid-career researchers who are ready to conduct larger and more ambitious studies. The NNF is seeking to support exceptional scientists working within any area of biomedical and/or biotechnological sciences.


  • An applicant must be a principal investigator with an independent research group that s/he has directed for less than 7 years in total.
  • An applicant may have any nationality and must be employed as a scientist outside of Denmark. An applicant may not have an employed position in Denmark during the application process.
  • The host institution can be anywhere in Denmark and must be a university, university hospital, public research institution or other non-profit organization.


  • Up to 4 NNF Young Investigator Awards will be granted in 2020.
  • Awards up to DKK 25 million (EUR ~3.4 M, USD ~3.7 M) for a period of 7 years. Up to DKK 7 million may be utilized for establishment of the laboratory during the first year, with following years funded at up to DKK 3 million per year.

Application process

The application process consists of two stages. Stage I applications must be completed and submitted using the NNF’s application system following the instructions in the “Information and guidelines for applicants” pdf, found on this website when the system opens. Additional essential information regarding eligibility, funding and the application process is found in this pdf.

Up to 6 applicants will be invited to stage II. The major elements of the stage II application will be a comprehensive research program proposal and a letter of commitment from the host institution in Denmark. Stage II applicants will be invited to the Novo Nordisk Foundation for an interview with the NNF review committee.

Evaluation of applications and selection of grant awardees will be based on scientific excellence, originality and potential impact.

Committee on International Research Leader Grants
John Peter Wittschieben
Senior Scientific Officer, PhD
+45 3527 6613

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