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Novozymes Prize 2024

Call opens
11 May 2023
Call closes
30 June 2023 6:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
Recurring calls
Annual - April & May - only via nomination form


Call for Nominations – The Novozymes Prize

The Novo Nordisk Foundation is pleased to announce the annual call for nominations for The Novozymes Prize.  The purpose of the Prize is to raise awareness of basic and applied biotechnology research.

The Novozymes Prize is awarded to recognize outstanding European research or technology achievements that contribute to the development of innovative and sustainable biotechnology solutions for the benefit of people and the planet.

The Novozymes Prize consists of a funding amount for the awardee’s research (DKK 4.5 million) and a personal award (DKK 0.5 million). An additional an international symposium within the awardee’s field of research will be organised.

Nomination form


  • Nominees must have made an important contribution to European Science in areas of relevance to e.g. biomanufacturing, industrial, environmental, food or plant biotechnology.
  • Nominees must have a current position and an active research program at a public or non-profit research institution in a European country.
  • Nominees can have any nationality.


  • The prize is not awarded for a life-time achievement contribution to science.
  • The prize may not be awarded to members of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Board or committee members or to Board members, directors or employees of the Novo Group.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted

The Novozymes Prize will be awarded by a prize committee that will select awardees based on their scientific achievements after a confidential nomination and review process.

With this Call for Nominations, the committee seeks the assistance of the scientific community in identifying the most worthy candidates for the Prize. Please support the further establishment of this Prize by nominating a scientist who has had a major impact on the development of biotechnology for innovative solutions.

Read more about the awardee 2023, Professor Anne Osbourn: She chose poetry over science but returned to revolutionise plant research

The Novozymes Prize awardee will be announced in April 2024.


About the grants


5 Million DKK



Research area focus

Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine, Biotechnology-based Synthesis and Production


Committee on the Novozymes Prize


For grant inquiries
Pernille Julø Risegaard
Senior Manager, PA
+45 3527 6603 [email protected]
Henning Jørgensen
Senior Scientific Manager, PhD
+45 3029 8468 [email protected]

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