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RECRUIT Sabbatical Grants 2024

Call opens
10 November 2023
Call closes
15 March 2024 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
September 2024
Recurring calls
Expected November 2024
Application guidelines


The purpose of the RECRUIT Sabbatical grants is to support internationalisation by enabling transient embedment of university faculty in a foreign environment. The grants support university faculty in time-unlimited positions. All candidates for the RECRUIT programme are nominated by Danish universities. A nomination quota for RECRUIT is allocated to each Danish university.

The candidate’s research focus must lie within the strategic research areas of the Natural and Technical Sciences or Biotechnology and Sustainability of the Novo Nordisk Foundation (see Areas of Support in the Guidelines for applicants).

Proposals likely to significantly advance the applicant’s development and benefit the Danish research ecosystem will be prioritised.

About the grants


Up to DKK 1 million per grant


Going abroad from Denmark, Denmark

Career stage

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


For grant inquiries
Thomas Bentin
Senior Scientific Lead, PhD
[email protected]
Anastassia Khrouchtchova
Scientific Manager, PhD
[email protected]
Rikke Stefansen
Grant Manager
[email protected]

Grant types

The RECRUIT programme comprises the following grants:

  • RECRUIT: Up to DKK 25 – 50 million over up to 7 years (the RECRUIT call can be found separately on NNF’s website)
  • RECRUIT Extension grants: Up to DKK 10 million over up to 5 years (the call and guidelines for RECRUIT Extension grants will be made available in due time)
  • RECRUIT Sabbatical grants: Up to DKK 1 million over up to 1 year. This grant is both available for researchers in Denmark going abroad and international researchers coming to Denmark

Application process

The application process consists of two phases, where the first phase is undertaken prior to submission deadline by the universities and the second phase by the NNF after submission deadline.

The university can nominate candidates according to a quota system, pre-set by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and detailed in the application guidelines. Prior to the application deadline, the recruiting university must have undertaken an internal evaluation and identified their top candidates to be nominated. By submission deadline a nomination list must be submitted to NNF by the university. Only candidates nominated by the recruiting university will be considered for funding and the university cannot prioritise among the nominated candidates.

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

For more detailed information, please read the Guidelines for applicants carefully. Additional essential information on the call and application process is found in these guidelines.


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