Pioneer Innovator Grant

Pioneer Innovator Grant

Innovation and early commercialization
Place of research
Nordic region
Up to DKK 1 million per grant.
Recurring call
August 2022
Call opens
2022, 2PM (CET)
How to apply Apply
Call opens
14 Jan 2022
09 Mar 2022, 2PM (CET)
How to apply
Up to DKK 1 million per grant.
Announcement of results:
June 2022


The purpose of the Pioneer Innovator Grant is to accelerate commercialization of research findings and development of novel technologies within the health sciences.

The Pioneer Innovator Grant seeks to support novel academic science-based discoveries with a commercial potential. The grant aims to stimulate the evaluation of ideas and to support experiments and activities leading to proof-of-concept.

Areas of support

The Pioneer Innovator Grant 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, devices and technological platforms benefiting people and the society.


For the Pioneer Innovator Grant, the main applicant can be a faculty member, researcher, and student employed at universities, hospitals, or other knowledge institutions in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland). Projects from incubator development programs are also eligible, as long as the project used for the application has not resulted in the establishment of a company (given company has not established a CVR/company number).


The total grant budget is DKK 35 million in 2022. Each granted project can receive a grant of up to DKK 1 million for one 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”, before initiating the application process, as this document contains the complete call, as well as detailed instructions for the application.