About grants

About grants


** Messages to all recipients of grants from the Novo Nordisk Foundation – Read full messages here – Publication date: 31 of March – 2020.

What is the money used for?


Grants awarded in open competition

The Foundation awards grants annually across many different areas, which are announced on the Foundation’s website. The grant recipients are decided in open competition, and the Foundation’ expert committees review all applications. Read more here

Strategic efforts

In addition to the grants awarded in open competition, the Foundation supports several ambitious strategic initiatives that can benefit people or society. These grants often result from long-term collaboration and dialogue with the Foundation and are sometimes developed jointly between the Foundation and the grant recipient. The Foundation consults independent experts from Denmark or elsewhere to assess and improve the quality of the proposed projects before the Foundation’s Board of Directors make a final decision on awarding a grant.


The Foundation awards numerous honorary prizes each year to recognize and honour people who have made extraordinary efforts.