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NNF Laureate Research Grant – Novo Nordisk Fonden

Call opens
29 September 2023
Call closes
16 November 2023 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
Mid December 2023
Recurring calls
Application guidelines


NNF Laureate Research Grant is for recruitment or retainment of an outstanding established biomedical researcher to come to Denmark from abroad or stay in Denmark to further expand their research, and to facilitate collaboration across scientific and geographic borders, thereby strengthening the Danish biomedical research environment to meet societal challenges. 

Applicants within the biotechnological area are referred to RECRUIT – Grants for International recruitment  

About the grants


Up to DKK 50 mio. per grant


International recruitment to Denmark, Denmark

Career stage

Research Leaders (Established/Prof.)

Research area focus

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


For grant inquiries
Kirsten Klüver
Senior Grant Lead
[email protected]


The candidate: 

  • must be a principal investigator with an independent research program that s/he has directed for 7 or more years in total. 
  • must, if awarded a Laureate Research Grant, work on-site at the Danish host institution equivalent to at least 75 % of a fulltime position. 
  • must, if awarded a Laureate Research Grant, have fully established her/his principal research group in Denmark within two years after starting the grant. 
  • may have any nationality. 
  • may not be a member of a NNF expert review committee or an employee within the Novo Group of companies. 
  • the host institution can be anywhere in Denmark and must be a university, university hospital, public research institution or other non-profit organization. 



One grant up to DKK 50 million (EUR ~6.7 M, USD ~7 M) for a period of 7 years. 


Application process 

Evaluation of applications and selection of grant awardees will be based on the scientific excellence of both the investigator and the proposed research program and their benefits to the Danish Research Ecosystem. 

The evaluation process consists of three stages: 

Stage I:  The Danish host institution should submit an initial application (Letter of Intent), bringing forward one or more named candidates (deadline 16 November 2023). Applications must be completed following the instructions in the “Information and guidelines for applicants” pdf, found on this website when the system opens. Additional essential information regarding eligibility, funding and the application process is found in this pdf. 

Stage II: Up to three candidates are invited to submit a full research proposal (application deadline 22 February 2024), which is sent for external peer review. The Stage II application must be completed and submitted using the NNF’s application system following the instructions in the “Information and guidelines for applicants”. 

Stage III: All candidates who successfully submit a full research proposal are invited for an on-site interview. 


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