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Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme 2023

Call opens
8 March 2023
Call closes
1 June 2023 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
December 2023
Application guidelines


It is becoming increasingly clear that some of the most complex scientific challenges only can be addressed through interdisciplinary efforts. With the Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme, the Novo Nordisk Foundation seeks to strengthen the synergy between researchers, across disciplines, organisations, and national borders.

The goals of the Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme are to:

  • Enable creative and novel, high-risk/high-gain interdisciplinary research
  • Provide long-term support of such novel interdisciplinary research ideas
  • Stimulate an emerging interdisciplinary research culture that spans across scientific disciplines and techniques
  • Break down or overcome the barriers that exist between the different disciplines
  • Strengthen and internationalize Danish research

The project should be based on a novel research idea, where an interdisciplinary, high-risk/high-gain challenge is at the centre. The programme supports projects where 2-4 research groups collaborate (a main applicant plus 1-3 co-applicants).

The project is ideally founded on clear pilot data that support pursuing the novel and high-risk/high-gain idea over an extended project period of 4 years. If there at the application stage exists no pilot data, the applicants are encouraged to consider the Exploratory Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme.

About the grants


Up to DKK 15 million per grant




Committee on Interdisciplinary Research


For grant inquiries
Ulla Vig Nissen
Grant Manager
[email protected]
Coralie Backlund
Scientific Manager
[email protected]

Research areas

Research funded under this programme must aim at reaching novel insight through interdisciplinary approaches to resolve complex challenges in relation to NNF’s strategic focuses on medical sciences, life sciences, and natural and technical sciences with potential future applications within health or sustainability.

If the application falls inside the Natural and technical sciences area, the applicant must explain in the application text how the topic has potential applications to health or sustainability.


A total funding of up to DKK 15 million may be awarded per project which may run for up to 4 years. The total annual budget of the programme is DKK 75 million.

Application process

Please read “Information and Guidelines for Applicants” carefully before initiating the application process. Essential information about eligibility, required content, the evaluation criteria, budget structure, etc. is found in these guidelines.

The application must be completed and submitted using the foundation’s application system NORMA that can be accessed via the link “Apply now“.


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