Research Infrastructure – Large equipment and facilities

Research Infrastructure – Large equipment and facilities

Natural and Technical Science
Place of research
Up to DKK 25 million per grant
Recurring call
Expected November 2021
Call opens
2021, 2pm (CET)
How to apply Apply
Call opens
17 Nov 2020
04 Feb 2021, 2pm (CET)
How to apply
Up to DKK 25 million per grant
Announcement of results:
End of September 2021

NB: Please disregard instructions in section 3.4 in the guidelines to upload core collaborators’ support letters and CVs as a single combined PDF file. Instead, kindly upload the files separately, under ‘Support letter’ and ‘Short CV’, respectively.

Please note that in this 2021 call, funding will only be awarded only for infrastructures supporting research in the natural and technical sciences.


With the Research Infrastructure Programme, the Novo Nordisk Foundation wishes to strengthen the Danish research environment within natural and technical sciences by supporting the establishment and maintenance of infrastructures needed to achieve excellence in research and innovation.

The goal of the research programme is to:

  • Ensure that researchers have access to state-of-the-art research facilities.
  • Ensure that potential users have access to qualified technical assistance.
  • Ensure that the facilities and/or equipment is continuously developed and maintained.
  • Boost the nearby research environment.

Scientific areas

Natural and technical science research with potential future applications in the life sciences, health sciences, or biotechnology.


The main applicant must be employed at a university or other not-for-profit research institution in Denmark. The applicant must document expertise at the highest level within the research field of the applied-for research equipment or facility.

In addition to the main applicant, the application must include a group of three to five core collaborators, associated with a Danish research environment that will be users of the applied-for research equipment or facility.

The facility or equipment must be made available to the general scientific environment, incl. from other institutions, SME’s and incubators.


Each grant can be of DKK 5-25 million, for a period of up to five years. The total grant capital in 2021 is DKK 50 million. The maximal grant amount, DKK 25 million will only be awarded in truly exceptional cases.

Application process

The application must be completed and submitted using the foundation’s application system NORMA that can be accessed via the link “Apply now”.

Please read Information and Guidelines for Applicants carefully before initiating the application process. Additional essential information on the call and application process is found in these guidelines.