Start Package Grants – For faculty recruitment 2021 Q3

Start Package Grants – For faculty recruitment 2021 Q3

Biomedicine and health sciences
And 2 more
Place of research
Up to DKK 8 million per grant
Recurring call
4 August 2021
Call opens
2021, 14PM (CEST)
How to apply Apply
Call opens
09 Apr 2021
04 Aug 2021, 14PM (CEST)
How to apply
Up to DKK 8 million per grant
Announcement of results:
Early September 2021

NB: From the Q3 2021 call, tenure-track Assistant Professors are eligible for a Start Package Grant

NB: In the period 5 July – 27 July 2021, the Foundation’s Grant Officers are unavailable for questions regarding the call due to summer leave


The primary purpose of the Start Package grant is to make Danish universities or other research institutions more competitive when recruiting top researchers of any nationality to time-unlimited or tenure track research positions. The aim is also to enhance researcher mobility across borders, among Danish universities and from industry to university. The grant is intended to provide leverage for the hiring institution during contract negotiations and to accompany the offer of a time-unlimited position at the associate or full professor level, or of a tenure track position at the assistant professor level, at a Danish university/research institution. A start package grant will provide the host institute with funding that must be used in connection with the candidate’s establishment of an independent research group at the host institution. The research of the candidate should be ambitious and bring substantial value and/or novelty to a research field that has a strategic relevance to the recruiting research institution and be within the areas of support of the Novo Nordisk Foundation

Only applications submitted by the person with appointment authority at the recruiting institution will be considered for funding.


The grant will support recruitment of researchers within the strategic key themes of the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s scientific grant-giving areas:

Biomedical and health science research and applications
Enable people to live healthier and better lives by facilitating research that advances knowledge of human health and disease, solves health challenges and develops the healthcare system.

Key themes:

  • Basic biomedical research
  • Translational biomedical research and technologies
  • Clinical and epidemiological research
  • Health-related data science
  • Innovative therapies
  • Coherence in health care

Life science research and industrial applications promoting sustainability
Act for and inspire the development of a more sustainable world by supporting research that translates into life science solutions to benefit people and the environment.

Key themes:

  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Plant science and agriculture
  • Food biotechnology
  • Environmental biotechnology and ecosystem research
  • Sustainability and climate-mitigation related research

Natural and technical science research and interdisciplinarity
Catalyse natural and technical science research, particularly in fields with potential interdisciplinary application to the life and health sciences and industrial biotechnology.

Key themes:

  • Interdisciplinary research rooted in the natural and technical sciences
  • Quantum based technologies to solve complex and important problems in biology, chemistry, and medicine
  • Data science research with focus on fundamental algorithms and interdisciplinary applications
  • Technology for tomorrow’s medical science and applications


The grant is intended for excellent researchers to be employed as independent researchers in tenure track positions at the assistant professor level or in time-unlimited positions at the associate or full professor levels (or equivalent categories).


The total annual grant awarding budget is up to DKK 70 million.

Award amount:

  • Up to DKK 4 million over 4 years for a tenure track position at the assistant
    professor level.
  • Up to DKK 6 million over 4 years for a position at the associate professor level.
  • Up to DKK 8 million over 4 years for a position at the full professor level.


The call is open all year and grants are awarded four times per year, with a quarterly submission deadline.

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. Essential additional information on the call and application process is found here.