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Project Grants for research within Plant Science, Agriculture and Food Biotechnology

Nordic Region

Purpose

Applications are invited for project grants to support excellent research within plant science, agriculture* and food biotechnology. Projects must be based at a university or other non-profit research institution in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden.

The proposed research should address major challenges within plant, agricultural, and food science associated with developing sustainable agriculture and food production. The research should be fundamental in character with a clear and strategic outlook to improve sustainability and potential solutions. The proposed research should significantly extent existing knowledge beyond state-of-the-art and may have a high-risk profile. The research should be based on life science research disciplines.

Non-exclusive list of prioritized areas:

  • Development of plants with high productivity, resiliency, and resource-use-efficiency for food, fiber, materials, fuel and energy, chemicals, or climate change mitigation
  • Utilization of microorganisms to improve sustainability across the value chain from primary agricultural production to end-product
  • Development of agricultural-, food-, and forestry systems with higher productivity, circularity, and biodiversity, and with minimum impact on environment and climate
  • Development of plant-, microorganism-, and fungi-based foods with low resource-use-technologies and high functionality, organoleptic, and nutritional quality
  • Utilization of precision fermentation, fungi, algae, and cellular agriculture for novel food production
  • Development of methods and technologies, including those driven by data science, that enable and support sustainable agriculture and food production.

The program will not support:

  • Research primarily focusing on livestock, livestock commodities, and feed
  • Research with their main research component on nutritional uptake and clinical studies.

Proposals focusing on industrial biotechnology and environmental biotechnology should be submitted to the Novo Nordisk Foundation Committee Industrial Biotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology, while proposals with a focus on pharmaceuticals and therapeutics should be submitted to the Novo Nordisk Foundation Committee on Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine.

*Agriculture is here defined as terrestrial farming and cultivation of plants, including forestry.

Eligibility

Researchers with an independent research program at a university or other non-profit research institution in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden are eligible to apply for the project grants.

Funding

Grants can support research activities at a level of DKK 300.000 – 1 million per year for 1 to 3 years. For projects having a main applicant and a co-applicant located in different Nordic countries, the maximum amount that may be applied for is DKK 1.35 million per year.

Grant funding is available for expenses including direct project costs as well as salary for scientific researchers, technical assistants, and PhD students. Funding from the grant cannot cover salary for the main applicant or co-applicants as well as general overhead costs. Up to 5 % administrative costs can be included.

Grants may fund an entire project or a clearly defined part of a major project (in the latter case, a summary of the major project must be included).

Application process

Applications must be completed and submitted using the online system following the instructions in the “Information and guidelines for applicants”. Additional essential information regarding eligibility, funding and the application process is found in this PDF.

Postdoctoral Fellowships for research within Plant Science, Agriculture and Food Biotechnology

Nordic Region

Purpose

Applications are invited for individual fellowships to support outstanding postdoctoral scientists conducting research within plant science, agriculture and food biotechnology. The intention of the fellowship is to enable excellent young scientists, to develop their own independent research area. Fellowships must be based at a university or other non-profit research institution in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden.

The proposed research should address major challenges within plant, agricultural, and food science associated with developing sustainable agriculture and food production. The research should be fundamental in character with a clear and strategic outlook to improve sustainability and potential solutions. The proposed research should significantly extent existing knowledge beyond state-of-the-art and may have a high-risk profile. The research should be based on life science research disciplines.

Non-exclusive list of prioritized areas:

  • Development of plants with high productivity, resiliency, and resource-use-efficiency for food, fiber, materials, fuel and energy, chemicals, or climate change mitigation
  • Utilization of microorganisms to improve sustainability across the value chain from primary agricultural production to end-product
  • Development of agricultural-, food-, and forestry systems with higher productivity, circularity, and biodiversity, and with minimum impact on environment and climate
  • Development of plant-, microorganism-, and fungi-based foods with low resource-use-technologies and high functionality, organoleptic, and nutritional quality
  • Utilization of precision fermentation, fungi, algae, and cellular agriculture for novel food production
  • Development of methods and technologies, including those driven by data science, that enable and support sustainable agriculture and food production.

The program will not support:

  • Research primarily focusing on livestock, livestock commodities, and feed
  • Research with their main research component on nutritional uptake and clinical studies.

Proposals focusing industrial biotechnology and environmental biotechnology should be submitted to the Novo Nordisk Foundation Committee Industrial Biotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology, while proposals with a focus on pharmaceuticals and therapeutics should be submitted to the Novo Nordisk Foundation Committee on Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine.

Eligibility

An applicant must either:

  • have a PhD or equivalent degree obtained within 6 years of the application deadline date,

or

  • be a PhD student who will defend her/his thesis before April 1, 2023.

As part of the application, applicants need to submit a host letter from the Nordic host institution and letters of support from other institutions supporting the fellowship.

Funding

The postdoctoral fellowship period can be from 1 to 3 years, of which at least 1 year must be used at the Nordic host institution. The duration of the fellowship should reflect the time frame of the research activities.

Funding up to DKK 800.000 per year is available for expenses including the fellowship recipient’s own salary and direct project costs, as well as up to 5 % administrative costs. An additional amount of up to DKK 100.000 can be included to cover costs related to research stays abroad exceeding 6 months.

Application process

Applications must be completed and submitted using the NNF’s application system following the instructions in the “Information and guidelines for applicants” pdf, found at the link above. Additional essential information regarding eligibility, funding and submission requirements is found in this pdf.

Challenge Programme 2023 – Future Agri-Food Systems

Objective

The purpose of the NNF Challenge Programme is to make substantial contribution to the development and strengthening of the Danish research environment, within research aimed to solve major challenges in global health, technology and sustainability. The Challenge Programme supports excellent researchers, that will establish and collaborate in a dynamic centre structure with a unifying vision and mission. The Programme provides long-term funding to enable scientific depth and focus and facilitate synergy between the research partners.

Research Theme 2023

The programme is a strategic effort targeting specific challenges within annually selected research themes. For the 2023 application call, the Challenge Programme is seeking to support the following research theme:

  • Future Agri-Food Systems

The challenge is to enable a transformation of agri-food systems that will secure sustainable, and healthy foods for all. The programme is aimed at fundamental and strategic research spanning primary production to consumption, as well as financial structures required for this transition.

The research must be interdisciplinary in nature – within technology readiness levels (TRL) 1 through 4 – and touch upon more than a single link in the agri-food value chain, such that feedback loops within the food system are possible. Research strictly focusing on single parts of the value chain, e.g., breeding, ingredients, or food processing technologies, will be considered too narrow. Production of biomass for feed, energy, or materials may be part of the research if it constitutes an integrated part of a circular food system. Behaviour and preferences related to food consumption, livestock commodities, and regulatory frameworks are not in focus.

Any research methodology or discipline can be included, but a clear element of life science rooted in agriculture and/or food production is required. NNF is particularly keen to support data science research interfacing with agricultural and food science areas and strongly recommends a clear data science component in the research. NNF also encourages a high-risk approach for the proposed research. The programme does not include development of specific end-products.

Supported research may include, but is not limited to:

  • Development of circular food production systems with optimised resource use and biomass conversion efficiencies, e.g., linking biomanufacturing, economics, and landscape planning
  • Development of production systems for healthy and safe food that employ sustainability traits in the field, e.g., linking nutrition, microbiology, genetics, and agronomy
  • Design of new, resilient, and high-yielding cropping systems, e.g., linking functional ecology, agricultural systems, and robotics
  • Development of financial structures that promote sustainable agriculture and food production, e.g., linking biodiversity, processing technologies, and economics
  • Development of digital twins of agroecosystems, food industry 4.0, or other multi-scale systems analysis tools for sustainability, e.g., linking machine learning, field sensing, imaging techniques, and ecosystem productivity
  • Eco-friendly blockchain-driven commodity trading for traceability of environmental indicators or food quality parameters, e.g., linking data science, trading, and remote sensing

Eligibility

The Challenge Programme supports excellent research leaders from 2-4 research groups (main applicant plus 1-3 co-applicants).

The programme leader must be at least 75% affiliated with a Danish university, hospital or other non-profit research organization, that will be considered the host institution of the project.

The research institutions of the co-applicants can be located in Denmark or abroad. The co-applicants should contribute significantly to the advancement of the project and should receive part of the funding.

Industry collaboration is possible; however, funding cannot be awarded to industrial partner(s).

Funding

A total of up to DKK 120 million is available for grants between DKK 30 million and DKK 60 million for projects lasting up to 6 years.

Application process

The application process will consist of two stages.

Stage 1: A short expression of interest will be evaluated by an international expert committee. The best applicants will be invited to submit a Stage 2 application.
Stage 2: An application with a detailed project proposal. The main applicant will be invited for interview with the international committee.

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

Click here to read more about the Challenge Programme and to see a list of previous Grant recipients.

Challenge Programme 2023 – Prediction of Climate Change and Effect of Mitigating Solutions

Objective

The purpose of the NNF Challenge Programme is to make substantial contribution to the development and strengthening of the Danish research environment, within research aimed to solve major challenges in global health, technology and sustainability. The Challenge Programme supports excellent researchers, that will establish and collaborate in a dynamic centre structure with a unifying vision and mission. The Programme provides long-term funding to enable scientific depth and focus and facilitate synergy between the research partners.

Research Theme 2023

The programme is a strategic effort targeting specific challenges within annually selected research themes. For the 2023 application call, the Challenge Programme is seeking to support the following research theme:

  • Prediction of Climate Change and Effect of Mitigating Solutions

The Challenge is to develop data-driven, next-generation climate models with the purpose of enabling robust predictions of climate change and prediction of the effect of mitigating solutions. The aim is to significantly progress our causal understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of climate systems and consequences of climate change on a regional and/or global scale.

This highly interdisciplinary Challenge bridges synergistic collaboration between physics, data science, mathematics, atmospheric chemistry, the geo-sciences, engineering, and the life sciences. The successful research plan should include theoretical modelling rooted in, e.g., complex systems models, numerical simulations, and/or AI algorithms as well as a significant experimental component, e.g., data collection from ground- or ocean-based technology platforms, laboratory or fieldwork, and/or space-based active sensors to support, confirm and advance the generated models.

Supported research may include but is not limited to:

  • Research that advances climate models’ robustness and predictive power of climate changes and effects of climate changes in global/regional ecosystems or critical biomes (e.g., extremes in soil and agricultural systems, ice sheet collapse, disruption of ocean circulation, risk to biodiversity)
  • Research focused at improving the temporal/spatial resolution of climate models, including acquiring or collecting novel data, thereby advancing the mechanistic understanding at a regional/global scale e.g., coupling atmospheric dynamics to land, oceans and/or ice, cloud microphysics, radiative balance, atmospheric convection
  • Development of robust models that can advise of quantitative mitigation or adaption strategies.

Eligibility

The Challenge Programme supports excellent research leaders from 2-4 research groups (main applicant plus 1-3 co-applicants).

The programme leader must be at least 75% affiliated with a Danish university, hospital or other non-profit research organization, that will be considered the host institution of the project.

The research institutions of the co-applicants can be located in Denmark or abroad. The co-applicants should contribute significantly to the advancement of the project and should receive part of the funding.

Industry collaboration is possible; however, funding cannot be awarded to industrial partner(s).

Funding

A total of up to DKK 120 million is available for grants between DKK 30 million and DKK 60 million for projects lasting up to 6 years.

Application process

The application process will consist of two stages.

Stage 1: A short expression of interest will be evaluated by an international expert committee. The best applicants will be invited to submit a Stage 2 application.
Stage 2: An application with a detailed project proposal. The main applicant will be invited for interview with the international committee.

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

Click here to read more about the Challenge Programme and to see a list of previous Grant recipients.

Conferences, Symposia and Workshops

Objective

The objective of the Conferences, Symposia and Workshops programme is to promote knowledge sharing and networking activities. These grants facilitate this by providing leading researchers as well as younger ones and students with opportunities to present and discuss the newest research and innovation activities within their fields. The aim is to support medium-sized events with a duration of 1-3 days typically. The event must be held in Denmark.

The events can be located at hospitals or universities and are organized by the researchers themselves. Typical examples of supported events are scientific conferences, innovation days, or student-organized events, all aiming at promoting knowledge-sharing and networking.

The events for the current call can be held between June 2022 and September 2023.

The programme is biannual, and events held from October 2022 and on may also apply to one of the upcoming calls of the programme.

Events held before June2022 will not be considered for funding.

Eligibility

The main applicant must be affiliated with a university, hospital or other public research or educational institution in Denmark. The main applicant can be either a researcher at a high international level, a younger researcher, or a student representative for a student organisation, or be engaged in development of STEM teaching. The main applicant cannot be an organization or a professional event organiser. The main applicant is also the lead organiser for the event.

The scientific themes of the event must be within the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s funding areas, i.e. health sciences, life sciences, natural sciences, technical sciences, and technologies and innovation within these, as well as art and art history research, and education and outreach. Event topics concerning sustainability and interdisciplinarity are welcomed.

It is mandatory to have representation of internationally prominent speakers, who must give presentations of at least 30 minutes each within the theme of the event.

One or more poster sessions or similar activities to engage young researchers must be a part of the scientific program, and the event should be publicised widely and be open to the public.

Selection

The evaluation of the applications for the Conferences, Symposia and Workshops grant will be based on:

  • The applicants’ curriculum vitae and track record, including experience for organizing events
  • Theme and purpose of the event and its expected impact for the research environment
  • Draft programme
  • Planned featured speakers
  • Expected interest and participation of research community, and efforts to target and include younger researchers and students in the event
  • The combination of conference formats and participants to create an event that is original and has above-average impact

Funding

For each grant, funding in the range DKK 50,000-500,000 can be applied for.

If desired, the applicant can request for the possibility to organize the event at the conference facilities at the Novo Nordisk Foundation in Hellerup, Denmark. In this case, each grant can be supplemented by up to DKK 250,000 for practical arrangements. The supplementary grant will be administrated by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Application process

The application must be completed and submitted using the foundation’s application system.

We recommend that applicants carefully read the “Information and guidelines for applicants” found under “how to apply” before initiating the application process. Additional essential information on the call and application process is found in this document.

Start Package Grants – For faculty recruitment Q3 2022

Please note the following updates:

  • Clinical professors and clinical chair professors are now eligible candidates for a Start Package Grant (consult guidelines for detailed requirements)
  • The recruiting institution’s assessment/appointment committee must have at least two external members, of which at least one must be international,  and members’ namestitles, and affiliations must be disclosed
  • The budget module of the Foundation’s application portal has a new applicant interface

PURPOSE AND FUNDING

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. The aim is also to enhance researcher mobility across borders, among Danish universities and from industry to university.

The 4-year grant is intended to provide leverage for the hiring Danish university/research institution during recruitment and contract negotiations and to accompany the offer of one of the following positions:

  • Up to DKK 4 million for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level
  • Up to DKK 6 million for a time-unlimited position at the associate professor level
  • Up to DKK 8 million for a time-unlimited position at the full professor level
  • Up to DKK 8 million for a clinical- or clinical chair professor position with mandatory research responsibilities for a minimum of five years

A Start Package Grant will provide the host institution with funding that must be used in connection with the candidate’s establishment of an independent research group at the host institution.

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

AREAS OF SUPPORT

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

ELIGIBILITY

Please consult the guidelines for detailed eligibility requirements concerning mobility, position, and recruitment.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The call is open all year round. Grant 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.

Exploratory Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme 2022

Objective

It is becoming increasingly clear that some of the most complex scientific challenges only can be addressed through interdisciplinary efforts. With the Exploratory Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme, the Novo Nordisk Foundation seeks to strengthen the synergy between researchers, across disciplines, organizations and national borders.

The goals of the Explorative Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme are to:

  • Enable creative and novel, high-risk/high-gain interdisciplinary research
  • Support early-stage attempts at attacking such novel interdisciplinary ideas
  • Stimulate an emerging interdisciplinary research culture that spans across scientific disciplines and techniques
  • Break down or overcome the barriers that exist between the different disciplines
  • Strengthen and internationalize Danish research

Eligibility

The project should be based on a novel research idea, where the interdisciplinary challenges are at the centre. Such a novel interdisciplinary research direction is characterized by high-risk/high-gain elements and has potential for disruptive science and development of entirely new research areas.

The definition of interdisciplinary research, which is targeted here, is collaboration across scientific and technical disciplines and where the researchers may not have a common language. It is important that the collaboration is not just founded on adding methods from one research field to another but strives to combine theories, methods, and concepts from different fields to develop new synergistic research results of broad interest.

The goal of the present programme is to explore the potential of a novel and creative idea. The project phase will support testing the basic concepts and generating the early data that can provide a firm basis for a more complex and expanded project stage. Following the conclusion of this exploratory programme, the applicant may choose to apply for the full Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme. It must be noted, however, that i) it is not a requirement to pass through the exploratory stage before considering an application for the full Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme, ii) it will not give an advantage in the open competition for the full Interdisciplinary Synergy programme to have been awarded an Exploratory Interdisciplinary Synergy grant.

It is a requirement that the project aims to be truly interdisciplinary, and that the program leader in the application clearly states its timeliness and appropriateness, and how the synergy will be catalysed between the involved partners.

Research areas

Research funded under this programme must aim at reaching novel insight through interdisciplinary approaches to resolve complex challenges in relation to the Novo Nordisk Foundation core science areas:

  • Basic biomedical research, clinical research and health science research
  • Life science research, biotechnology and industrial applications promoting sustainability
  • Natural and technical sciences research with potential applications in biomedicine or biotechnology

If the application falls inside the Natural and technical sciences area, the applicant must explain in the application text how the topic has potential applications to biomedicine, health sciences or biotechnology. 

The programme supports 2-4 research groups (the main applicant plus 1-3 co-applicants). A project with all co-applicants within the same discipline/institutional department will generally not be considered interdisciplinary under this programme. Optimally, there will be one applicant/co-applicant from each of the disciplines described in the application. Of note, disciplines do not refer to the education or formal position of the applicants, but rather their ongoing work expertise. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary consortium forming the application does not have to be new, the researchers may already have established interdisciplinary research directions together.

Funding

Up to DKK 5 million can be requested for a project running up to 3 years. The total budget for this call is DKK 53.75 million.

Selection process

The proposals are read and evaluated by the committee, who will make the final evaluation.

It is essential that the applications are not evaluated on absolute feasibility, as projects that are high risk/high gain are encouraged.

During a trial period in 2022-2024, the grant selection procedure will encompass two parallel schemes: 1) Traditional committee-based evaluation. 2) Partial randomisation. For both selection procedures, all applications are assessed by the committee and categorised as either of high quality and meritorious (fundable) or non-meritorious. Only applications categorised as fundable will undergo further evaluation and potentially be selected for granting through either scheme 1) or 2).

Committee

The committee of Interdisciplinary Research will evaluate the applications.

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

Recurring call

The Exploratory Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme will open again March 2023.

Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme 2022

Objective

With the Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme, the Novo Nordisk Foundation seeks to support research projects across disciplines, organizations and national borders, in order to resolve novel interdisciplinary challenges in relation to the Foundation’s core science areas.

The goals of the research programme are:

  • Pursue creative and novel, high-risk/high-gain interdisciplinary research ideas
  • Provide long-term support of such novel interdisciplinary research ideas
  • Stimulate an emerging interdisciplinary research culture that spans across scientific disciplines and techniques
  • Break down or overcome the barriers that exist between the different disciplines
  • Strengthen and internationalize Danish research

Eligibility

The project should be based on a novel research idea, where the interdisciplinary challenges are at the centre. Such a novel interdisciplinary research direction is characterized by high-risk/high-gain elements and has potential for disruptive science and development of entirely new research areas. The definition of interdisciplinary research, which is targeted here, is collaboration across scientific and technical disciplines and where the researchers may not have a common language. It is important that the collaboration is not just founded on adding methods from one research field to another but strives to synergistically combine theories, methods, and concepts from different fields to arrive at new results of broad interest.

For the present call the proposal must ideally be founded on preliminary data that provides evidence of the feasibility of the idea. The overall goal of the project phase must be to build on these early results to consolidate the novel interdisciplinary research direction. If at the application stage no early data exists, the applicant is encouraged to consider the Exploratory Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme.

It is a requirement that the project aims to be truly interdisciplinary, and that the program leader in the application clearly states its timeliness and appropriateness, and how the synergy will be catalysed between the involved partners.

Research areas

Research funded under this programme must aim at reaching novel insight through interdisciplinary approaches to resolve complex challenges in relation to the Novo Nordisk Foundation core science areas:

  • Basic biomedical research, clinical research and health science research
  • Life science research, biotechnology and industrial applications promoting sustainability
  • Natural and technical sciences research with potential applications in biomedicine or biotechnology

If the application falls inside the Natural and technical sciences area, the applicant must explain in the application text how the topic has potential applications to biomedicine, health sciences or biotechnology.

The programme supports 2-4 research groups (the main applicant plus 1-3 co-applicants). A project with all co-applicants within the same discipline/institutional department will generally not be considered interdisciplinary under this programme. Optimally, there will be one applicant/co-applicant from each of the disciplines described in the application. Of note, disciplines do not refer to the education or formal position of the applicants, but rather their ongoing work expertise. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary consortium forming the application does not have to be new, the researchers may already have established interdisciplinary research directions together.

Funding

Up to DKK 3.75 million per year can be requested for a project running over 4 years, for a total funding of up to DKK 15 million per project. The total budget for this call is DKK 75 million.

Selection process

The proposals are first evaluated by the committee. Up to 10 proposals are then selected for international, external peer review assessment, to the extent possible using experts in each of the main scientific disciplines of the application. Following the receipt of the peer reviews, the committee will make the final decision.

It is essential to note that the applications will not be evaluated on absolute feasibility, as projects that are high risk/high gain are encouraged.

Committee

The committee of Interdisciplinary Research will evaluate the applications.

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

Recurring call

The Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme will open again March 2023.

Addressing Crisis and Building Resilience

PURPOSE

With this open call for applications, the Novo Nordisk Foundation supports humanitarian initiatives addressing the needs of people in vulnerable and marginalised situations with a focus on populations affected by complex and protracted crisis. Vulnerable situations and humanitarian needs may arise from several, interrelated factors, including extreme poverty and the effects of conflict, disaster, climate change, displacement, and the socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this call, applicants are encouraged to apply an approach that addresses crisis holistically. Where relevant, this may include applying actions across the humanitarian/development/peace nexus to meet human needs, mitigate vulnerability and build resilience.

AREAS OF SUPPORT

This open call for applications is thematically unrestricted and can cover interventions in sectors such as education, health, livelihoods, food security and protection. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications for projects with strategic relevance for the applicant and within their area of expertise. Applicants with a documented and existing presence, strong local capacity and access to vulnerable populations affected by crisis will be given preference.

Geographically, the call is limited to the OECD DAC List of ODA Recipients. For the categories Lower Middle Income Countries and Territories and Upper Middle Income Countries and Territories, the applicant must describe in detail how the action will target a particularly vulnerable population e.g. refugees, internally displaced people, marginalised groups or similar. Regional and cross-border initiatives are also eligible.

Applicants should aim at implementing actions that offer longer-term, inclusive solutions for populations in vulnerable situations affected by complex and protracted crisis. Furthermore, applicants should demonstrate how the action strengthens locally led interventions and builds local partnerships, organisations and institutions to assist crisis-affected populations. Preference will be given to applications which apply a gender-sensitive approach and demonstrate one or more of the following approaches:

  • Longer-term, multisectoral solutions which address the needs of crisis-affected populations holistically and contribute to building resilience. Where relevant, applicants are encouraged to apply or demonstrate an understanding of the humanitarian/development/peace nexus.
  • Inclusion and protection including interventions adapted to meet differential needs of vulnerable populations and protect marginalised people.
  • Innovation and learning to explore and document effective ways of addressing humanitarian needs and documenting solutions in complex and protracted crises.

Applications can cover all types of activities including direct service delivery, capacity building, anticipatory action, activities fostering social cohesion, peacebuilding activities, advocacy, rigid evaluations and research to assisting people in need.

ELIGIBILITY

Organisations and institutions with a registration in Denmark, specifically documented with a Danish CVR number, may apply for grants in the open call for applications. Implementing through and sub-granting to strong local and international partners will be considered an advantage in the application evaluation process. International organisations and institutions may seek to partner with Danish-based organisations to apply for funding. Only the Danish-based applicant can submit an application through the online application system.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation will only accept applications from 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, or similar, by which they are guided and with which they comply in accordance with ethical humanitarian and development guidelines and standards, e.g., the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS). CHS certification is not a requirement for submitting an application.

FUNDING AND PROJECT DURATION

A total of up to DKK 20 million is available for grants between DKK 1 million and DKK 5 million for projects with a duration of up to two years.

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 for the project, the applicant must always state this in the budget.

A suitable proportion of the budget should be allocated to collecting and disseminating knowledge and learnings.

LANGUAGE 

Applications must be submitted in English.

APPLICATION PROCES

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 appendices 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 norma-support@novo.dk.

Participation in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition and Giant Jamboree 2022

Deadline forlænget til 15 april 2022

Formål

Novo Nordisk Fonden yder støtte til holddeltagelse i International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) konkurrence samt Giant Jamboree for studerende på relevante danske universiteter i perioden 2020-2022. Formålet er at styrke uddannelser inden for syntetisk biologi og genteknologi og bidrage til internationaliseringen af danske universitetsuddannelser.

Beskrivelse af iGEM (se officiel hjemmeside for mere information)

International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation er en uafhængig, non-profit organisation dedikeret til at fremme syntetisk biologi, uddannelse og konkurrence, udvikling af et åbent samfund samt samarbejde. Dette gøres ved at fremme et åbent og samarbejdsvilligt fællesskab med venskabelig konkurrence.

iGEM’s største aktivitet er iGEM konkurrencen, som giver studerende mulighed for at skubbe til grænserne inden for syntetisk biologi ved at håndtere hverdagens problemer, som verden står overfor. Tværfaglige hold, primært bestående af universitetsstuderende, samarbejder om at designe, bygge, teste og måle deres helt eget system ved hjælp af udskiftelige biologiske dele og standard molekylærbiologiske teknikker.

Hvert år dedikerer næsten 6.000 deltagere deres sommer til iGEM, hvorefter de alle mødes om efteråret for at præsentere deres projekter og for at konkurrere ved den årlige Giant Jamboree som i år foregår i Paris.

Deadlines for tilmelding: se officiel hjemmeside

Hvem kan søge

Konkurrencen henvender sig til universitetsstuderende inden for teknologi, bioteknologi og naturvidenskab. De respektive danske universiteter med uddannelser inden for genteknologi og syntetisk biologi står for udvælgelse af hold til iGEM og kan hver indstille ét hold til at modtage støtte af Fonden om året.

Novo Nordisk Fonden støtter årligt iGEM hold med op til DKK 200.000 per universitet til udgifter relateret til deltagelse i iGEM konkurrencen og Giant Jamboree.

Ansøgningsproces

Ansøgningen indsendes som en samlet pdf fil til Novo Nordisk Fondens afdeling for Bioteknologi: csa@novo.dk

Ansøgningen skal indeholde:

  • Letter of support fra det pågældende universitets dekan eller institutleder
  • en kort præsentation af iGEM holdet
  • en projektbeskrivelse (1-2 sider)
  • et budgetoverblik

Deadline: 15 April 2022

Ansøgere vil blive underrettet umiddelbart efter deadline.

Ansøgere skal være opmærksomme på fondens Vilkår for Bevillingsmodtagere.