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Ascending Investigator grants for research within Industrial Biotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology 2022 – Nordic Region

Call opens
4 November 2021
Call closes
11 January 2022 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
May 2022
Recurring calls
Expected November 2022
Application guidelines

Purpose

The Novo Nordisk Foundation wishes to make significant contributions to the sustainability of society and the environment. The Ascending Investigator grant supports the continued development and consolidation of excellent research leaders within industrial biotechnology and environmental biotechnology in the Nordic countries. The proposed research should address major challenges within industrial biotechnology or environmental biotechnology. There should be a clear and strategic outlook to improve sustainability and provide high-impact solutions at a large scale. The proposed research must involve a clear element of biotechnology*, and the research projects should preferably include one or more of the following topics:
  • Use or engineering of biological/biotechnological tools, systems or microorganisms for synthesis and production of valuable products (e.g. energy, fuels, chemicals, proteins, and materials)
  • Development of technologies and processes for bioproduction
  • Improvement of the efficiency and/or sustainability of biomanufacturing
  • Use or engineering of biological/biotechnological tools, systems, or microorganisms to protect or improve the environment
  • Understanding, protection, or manipulation of natural or industrial ecosystems in relation to application of biotechnology
  • Data science to advance research within industrial or environmental biotechnology, including related ecosystems research
Please note that proposals focusing on plant science, agriculture and food biotechnology should be submitted to the Novo Nordisk Foundation Committee on Plant Science, Agriculture and Food Biotechnology, while proposals with a focus on pharmaceuticals and therapeutics should be submitted to the Novo Nordisk Foundation Committee on Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine. *For the biotechnology requirement, the OECD short definition of biotechnology will be used as a reference for assessments. The OECD single definition of biotechnology is: the application of science and technology to living organisms, as well as parts, products and models thereof, to alter living or non-living materials for the production of knowledge, goods and services.

About the grant

Amount

Up to DKK 10 mio. per grant

Location

Denmark, Nordic Countries (excl. Denmark)

Career stage

Research Leaders (Mid-career/Associate Prof.)

Research area focus

Biotechnology-based Synthesis and Production, Data Science

Committee

Committee on Industrial Biotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology

Contact

For grant inquiries
Henning Jørgensen
Senior Scientific Manager, PhD
+45 3029 8468 hej@novo.dk
Torben Vedel Borchert
Scientific Director
+45 3077 6977 tvb@novo.dk
Camilla Stensgaard Andersson
Grant Specialist
+45 4172 7944 CSA@novo.dk

Eligibility

Faculty members and researchers at the associate professor level or with similar qualifications (e.g. senior assistant professor or senior researcher) 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 Ascending Investigator grant.

Funding

Grants can support research activities for a total budget of up to DKK 10 million over a 5-year grant period.

Grant funding is available for:

  • Salary for the applicant
  • Salary for employees
  • PhD tuition fee
  • Operating expenses
  • Bench fee
  • Equipment
  • Conferences participation
  • Travel
  • Publication costs
  • Direct administrative expenses

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.

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