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Distinguished Investigator Grant within Endocrinology and Metabolism – Nordic Region

Call opens
2 November 2023
Call closes
16 January 2024 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
May 2024
Application guidelines


To promote Nordic research at the highest international level the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) seeks to support outstanding professors with ambitious projects within endocrinology and metabolism to understand the human organism and the mechanisms underlying health and disease at a basic and clinical level. NNF will award up to two grants.

About the grant


Up to DKK 10 million per grant


Denmark, International recruitment to Denmark, Nordic Countries (excl. Denmark)

Career stage

Research Leaders (Established/Prof.)

Research area focus

Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine, Clinical and Translational Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism


Committee on Endocrinology and Metabolism


For grant inquiries
Susanne E. Hede
Senior Scientific Manager, PhD
[email protected]
Fiona Goldizen
Grant Manager
[email protected]


The grant is for the outstanding professors who have demonstrated the ability to execute and lead research at the highest international level continuously through several years.

  • Applicants must be professors (MSO included)
  • Applicants may be basic/experimental researchers or clinicians
  • The projects of high international standard must be anchored at a hospital, university or other non-profit research institution (administrating host institution) in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden).

A full list of eligibility requirements is found in the ‘Information and guidelines for applicants’.

Research fields

The overall goal is to obtain new knowledge and better treatment or prevention of disease relevant to the human organism within the areas of endocrinology and metabolism, relating to cellular energy homeostasis, and hormonal disorders of the endocrine system.

Areas supported include research involving patients and/or clinical practice but could also include animal models, model organisms, cellular- or sub-cellular systems (with clear whole body relevance) as well as in silico analysis, with the overall purpose of solving challenges related to endocrinology and metabolism in health and disease. Please note that endocrinology is not restricted to diabetes. Research projects within all subfields of endocrinology, e.g. thyroid, reproduction, or bone and calcium metabolism can be supported.


Up to two 5-year grants, each of up to DKK 10 million, can be awarded, with DKK 2 million per year. The grants may be utilized for e.g. salary (not own) and consumables directly related to the project.

Application process

Applications must be completed and submitted using the foundation’s electronic application system. The Committee on Endocrinology and Metabolism will assess the applications.

Please read the ”Information and Guidelines for Applicants” carefully before initiating the application process. Additional and essential information is found in these guidelines.


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