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Data Science Collaborative Research Programme 2023

Call opens
6 January 2023
Call closes
16 March 2023 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
December 2023 (Applicants who are not selected for the second phase of the application process will be notified of the status of their applications on 15 June 2023)
Recurring calls
Expected December 2023
Application guidelines


The Data Science Collaborative Research Programme aims to support synergistic research collaborations rooted in data science and computational science with immediate or potential future applications within areas of relevance to NNF’s strategy.

The goals of the Data Science Collaborative Research Programme are:

  • To foster research collaborations between data scientists.
  • To support research collaborations between data scientists and experts in other fields, including but not limited to medicine, biology, biotechnology, physics, chemistry, etc.
  • To support an excellent academic research and education ecosystem within data science in Denmark.
  • To advance education and training courses in data science-related topics in Denmark.

About the grants


Up to DKK 30 million per grant



Career stage

Research Leaders (Established/Prof.), Research Leaders (junior/non-tenured), Research Leaders (Mid-career/Associate Prof.)

Research area focus

Data Science


Committee for Data Science


For grant inquiries
Anna Chailyan
Senior Scientific Manager
[email protected]

Areas of support

Research proposals which are eligible for funding should address:

  • Development of new algorithms, methods and technologies within data science, artificial intelligence (incl. machine learning and deep learning), statistics, bioinformatics, and other computational sciences (incl. mathematical modelling, simulations, etc.)


  • Applications of data science and computational sciences to areas of relevance to NNF’s strategy, including life science, biomedical- and health science, public- and global health, infectious disease, sustainability, green transition, agriculture, as well as natural and technical sciences.

For projects mainly concerned with methods development, it is important that the applicants argue convincingly for potential application and impact within NNF’s scientific focus areas. Vice versa, projects that have their primary focus on the application side must describe and explain the novelty and impact of their data- and computational science approach, be it development of novel methods or novel applications of existing methods.

In general, projects without potential applications within NNF’s scientific focus areas and/or projects with no novelty in terms of development or application of computational methods will not be funded in this programme. Projects where the primary focus is on financial or insurance, fraud detection, advertisement, commercial analysis, telecommunication, mass surveillance, defence, cyber security, gaming, etc., are considered outside of scope and will generally not be considered for funding.


The main applicant or at least one of the co-applicants must be a data science or computational science researcher. The main applicant can be either a computational researcher (data scientist) or a researcher from a relevant application domain (medicine, agriculture, physics, etc.), who is associated to/employed at a university or institution in Denmark during the project period.

The project may include up to 5 collaborators. The proposed research project should demonstrate synergistic collaboration between different research groups, typically from different institutions/departments and different scientific disciplines.


The total annual grant budget for the 2023 Data Science Collaborative Research Programme is up to DKK 75 million. Each grant can be up to DKK 30 million over up to 5 years.

The maximal size of the grant scales with the size of the collaborative consortia (maximally DKK 12 million for 2 partners, DKK 18 million for 3 partners, DKK 24 million for 4 partners, and DKK 30 million for 5 or 6 partners).

Application process

The application process consists of 2 Phases.

  • In Phase 1, a full application, limited to 30,000 characters (including spaces), should be submitted.
  • After review and discussion in the committee, the top ranked applicants are invited for Phase 2, in which they will present and discuss their proposed research projects with the review committee at the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

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. The Guidelines provide essential information on the call and the application content and process. 



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