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Project Grants for Studies on Integrated Care Pathways

Call opens
24 November 2022
Call closes
21 March 2023 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
July 2023
Application guidelines


The purpose of the programme is to support research-based projects within the framework of the existing healthcare system that aim to investigate and uncover conditions that affect the integration of care pathways in the healthcare system as experienced from the perspectives of patients and citizens. In addition, the purpose is to create evidence-based knowledge on how new and optimized patient care processes and solutions can be tested and implemented through research collaborations across the sectors of the Danish health care system.

The programme will focus on pathways with repeated contacts to the healthcare system at all levels, such as for patients with chronic diseases and frequent interaction with the healthcare system. Moreover, there is special focus on collaboration across healthcare sectors with broad involvement of various actors and groups of professionals. This is not a requirement but will be a clear advantage to be able to meet the purpose of the program.

Projects can address such topics as (the list is not exhaustive):

  • Coherency and collaboration across sectors in the healthcare system.
  • The significance of incentive structures in the healthcare system for integrated treatment and care pathways.
  • The coherence in care patients expect from the healthcare system, including the transitions between sectors.
  • Developing care pathways with the active involvement of patients and their relatives.
  • Implementing knowledge across sectors within the healthcare system.
  • Using new technologies and digital solutions that can improve the integration of care pathways.
  • The role of civil society in how patients manage chronic diseases.
  • Exchanging data and knowledge between actors in the healthcare system – barriers and opportunities.
  • Inequity in health and its significance for coherent treatment pathways.

The project may be independent and be limited in time to the project period for this call for applications or may serve as an extension of already initiated projects, e.g., supported through NNF’s call for exploratory studies on integrated care pathways.

About the grant


UP to DKK 6 million



Career stage

Clinicians & Nurses, Postdoctoral fellowships, Research Leaders (Established/Prof.), Research Leaders (junior/non-tenured), Research Leaders (Mid-career/Associate Prof.)


Committee for Coherence in Health Care


For grant inquiries
Eugenia Krasnopjorova
Grant Manager
[email protected]


  • The project group must comprise a main applicant and 1–3 co-applicants.
  • PhD students cannot be the main applicant.
  • The main applicant and co-applicants must be employed at public institutions in Denmark or affiliated with Denmark’s healthcare system (such as general practitioners, universities, hospitals, municipalities, etc.).
  • The content of the application and the composition of the project group must demonstrate the interdisciplinary aim of the project.
  • Relevant actors outside the formal research community, such as municipalities, administrative regions, patient associations and companies, are invited to apply and be involved in the projects.
  • At least one applicant must have documented research experience corresponding to at least a PhD level.
  • At least one applicant must have a formal connection to a relevant research environment at a non-commercial research institution in Denmark.
  • Letters of commitment must be provided from all the applicants’ workplaces, regardless of the type of institution.

Applying for this programme does not preclude applications to other Novo Nordisk Foundation programmes.


A total of up to DKK 60 million is available for grants between DKK 500,000 and DKK 6 million for projects lasting up to 4 years. Applications for under DKK 500,000 will not be considered.

Applicants may apply for funding for the following types of expenses:

  • Salary for the main applicant, co-applicants, scientists, nurses, research technician, research secretary, project coordinator at administrating institution. Researchers in permanent positions cannot receive funding for their own salary. However, these researchers can apply for funding to cover substitute personnel for the time they spend in a project if the activities in the project go beyond their normal job description.
  • Salary for postdoctoral researchers.
  • Salary for Ph.D. students (including tuition fee up to DKK 80,000 per year, which must be specified in the budget).
  • Salary for employees or project consultants at all staffing levels, including project management.
  • Operating expenses in the form of direct expenses for developing, implementing, and operating the project, including materials and minor equipment.
  • Collaborative and networking activities, e.g., organizing extended meetings with other actors and groups (such as at course centres) to develop and strengthen projects and collaboration.
  • Travel expenses in relation to the project, e.g., conference and workshop participation and presentation of research results derived from the project, up to DKK 25,000 per budget year.
  • Publication of results originating from the project, up to DKK 25,000 per budget year.
  • Training relevant to research and/or implementation activities.
  • Professional dissemination / knowledge sharing in the form of seminars, symposia or other dissemination of the project outcome.
  • Evaluation and follow-up research in connection with the project.
  • Subcontractor cost.
  • Administrative support of up to 5%

Application process

Submit your application via the Foundation’s application system NORMA (the ‘Send application’ button at the top of the screen) from the indicated ‘Call opens’ date.

Please read the “Information and Guidelines for applicants – Project grants for studies on integrated care pathways – 2023”
carefully before initiating the application process. Additional and essential information is found in these guidelines.

Find a list of grant recipients in this call here.