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Committee on Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Challenge Programme 2022 – Energy Materials for Biological Applications

The Committee implements the Board of the Foundation’s decision to award the Foundation’s Challenge Programme grants that supports research within annually decided research themes. In 2022 the theme within Natural & Technical Sciences is:

Energy harvesting, transforming, or storage materials with potential use for bioelectronic devices – enabling next generation wearable or implantable health technologies

The Board has established a grant budget of DKK 360 million for the entire Challenge Programme in 2022, for large programme grants, each of DKK 30-60 million.

The Board selects the committee members among international experts in the fields of the annual research theme in accordance with the general rules covering the Foundation’s committees.

The current members of the Committee are listed below.

Grants in Open Competition

Start Package Grants – For faculty recruitment Q4 2022

Distinguished Innovator Grant – Fall 2022

Pioneer Innovator Grant – Fall 2022

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

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

Challenge Programme 2023 – Future Agri-Food Systems

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

Challenge Programme 2023 – RNA- and Oligonucleotide-based Therapeutics

Conferences, Symposia and Workshops

Integrerede Social- og Sundhedsindsatser for Børn

Oliver G. Schmidt


Professor, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Roisin Owens


Professor, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Kristina Edström


Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden

Massimo De Vittorio


Professor, University of Salento / Instituto Italiano di Technologia, Italy

Sergey Shleev


Professor, Malmö University, Sweden

Esther Rodriguez-Villegas


Professor, Imperial College London, United Kingdom