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Project Grants for research within Industrial Biotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology 2023

Call opens
15 June 2023
Call closes
24 August 2023 2:00pm (CEST)
Announcement of results
December 2023
Recurring calls
Expected June 2024
Application guidelines


Applications are invited for project grants to support excellent research within industrial biotechnology and environmental biotechnology. Projects must be based at a university or other non-profit research institution in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden.

The proposed research must address major challenges within Industrial Biotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology, with a strategic perspective addressing major questions and challenges within these fields. The research should be fundamental in character but have a strategic outlook to scaling potential(s), contribute to sustainability and, if relevant, increase productivity. The proposed research must involve a clear element of biotechnology.

Non-exclusive list of prioritized areas:

  • Use or engineering of biological/biotechnological tools, systems or microorganisms for synthesis and production of valuable products (e.g., energy, fuels, chemicals, proteins, and materials)
  • Development of technologies and processes for bioproduction
  • Improvement of the efficiency and/or sustainability of biomanufacturing
  • Use or engineering of biological/biotechnological tools, systems, or microorganisms to protect or improve the environment
  • Understanding, protection, or manipulation of natural or industrial ecosystems in relation to application of biotechnology
  • Data science to advance research within industrial or environmental biotechnology, including related ecosystems research

Proposals focusing on plant science, agriculture and food biotechnology should be submitted to the Novo Nordisk Foundation Committee on Plant Science, Agriculture and Food Biotechnology, while proposals with a focus on pharmaceuticals and therapeutics should be submitted to the Novo Nordisk Foundation Committee on Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine.

About the grants


Up to DKK 4 million


Nordic region

Career stage

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

Research area focus

Industrial and environmental biotechnology


Komite for Industriel Bioteknologi og Miljøbioteknologi


For grant inquiries
Henning Jørgensen
Senior Scientific Manager, Ph.d.
+45 3029 8468 [email protected]
Panagiotis Tsapekos
Scientific Manager
+45 4280 2921 [email protected]
Torben Vedel Borchert
Scientific Director
+45 3077 6977 [email protected]
Juliana Mee
Grant Specialist
+45 2062 7323 [email protected]

Nordic Region


Researchers with an independent research program at a university or other non-profit research institution in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden are eligible to apply for the project grants. Eligible candidates may be junior-level researchers, under the condition that they can document to have established themselves as independent researchers. As the grant cannot cover salary of the grantee, the applicant must be guaranteed their own salary for the entire project period.

In addition to the main applicant, applications may include one or more co-applicants who contribute scientifically to the project and will receive a financial share of the grant. A co-applicant must have an independent research program at a university or other non-profit research institution. There is no geographic restriction to the location of a co-applicant. The project may also include research partners who do not receive funding from the grant. Those research partners may be located at a for-profit organization.


Grants can support research activities at a level of DKK 300.000 – 1 million per year for 1 to 3 years. For projects having a main applicant and a co-applicant located in different Nordic countries, the maximum amount that may be applied for is DKK 1.35 million per year.

Grant funding is available for expenses including direct project costs as well as salary for scientific researchers, technical assistants, and PhD students. Funding from the grant cannot cover salary for the main applicant or co-applicants as well as general overhead costs. Up to 5 % administrative costs can be included.

Grants may fund an entire project or a clearly defined part of a major project (in the latter case, a summary of the major project must be included).

Application process

Applications must be completed and submitted through Novo Nordisk Foundation’s online application and grant management system (NORMA), following the instructions in the “Information and guidelines for applicants”. Additional essential information regarding eligibility, funding and the application process can be found in this document.


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