Social and humanitarian initiatives
The Novo Nordisk Foundation supports social and humanitarian initiatives targeting disadvantaged children and young people in Denmark and selected geographical areas globally. The purpose of our grants is to improve the quality of life and the opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people through education, health and developing general competencies.
Our social initiatives aim to improve the quality of life and opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people in Denmark. The initiatives will especially focus on interventions that contribute to reducing the number of overweight children and young people and initiatives that aim to increase the educational opportunities of children and young people. In both areas, the Foundation will especially focus on children younger than 6 years.
The Foundation will support knowledge creation, research and programmes in the field that emphasize testing and disseminating initiatives based on research that have been thoroughly evaluated. We will award grants through strategic initiatives and open application rounds.
Our humanitarian aid and development initiatives aim to improve the quality of life of and opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people in selected geographical areas outside Denmark through education and other educational and health initiatives. The Foundation’s grants focus on improving people’s health and the skills and social competencies of children and young people so they are better prepared to make positive life choices and become active citizens in society. Geographically, we will support initiatives in areas and countries affected by the conflict in Syria – initially in Jordan. The target groups are refugees and disadvantaged children and young people in the host countries. In health, we will focus on supporting the fight against non-communicable diseases in the same geographical area and in eastern Africa.
The Foundation will enter into strategic partnerships in both education and health and will announce regular calls for grants to be awarded in open competition.