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Steno Collaborative Project Grants 2024

Call opens
8 February 2024
Call closes
23 May 2024 2:00pm (CEST)
Announcement of results
September 2024
Application guidelines


With this call, the Novo Nordisk Foundation wishes to strengthen the collaboration between the Steno Diabetes Centers and the research environments related to the Centers. The foundation will support research projects with a unifying and collaborative mission to develop knowledge, to exchange experience across the research institutions and to facilitate synergy between the research environments around the Steno Diabetes Centers.

About the grants


Up to DKK 10 million per grant



Career stage

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

Research area focus

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


For grant inquiries
Kristina Rohde Larsen
Grant Manager
[email protected]


Steno Collaborative Project Grants aim to:

  • Strengthen clinical, patient-centred and collaborative research between the Steno Diabetes Centers and the research environments connected to the Centers.
  • Position Denmark at an international level in improving prevention and care for persons with diabetes or at risk of diabetes.


The research project must be collaborative with a unifying vision and focus on solving a challenge within the area of clinical diabetes research.

The research project must comprise a main applicant and two to five co-applicants.

The project description should clearly describe the role of the co-applicant(s), and the budget should clearly indicate the co-applicant’s/ co-applicants’ share of the total budget.

For Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, and Nordjylland, the Steno Partner institutions are defined as hospitals with a cooperation agreement with the local Steno Diabetes Center. In Region Zealand, the main applicant must be from one of the region’s hospitals.

International collaboration is strongly encouraged.

Main Applicant

  • The main applicant must be anchored at a Steno Diabetes Center or a Steno Partner institution.
  • PhD students are not eligible to apply as main.


  • The research project must comprise two to five co-applicants from a Steno Diabetes Center or a Steno Partner institution.
  • A university, hospital, municipality or other non-profit research or diabetes care institution in Denmark or abroad is also eligible as a co-applicant.


  • Due to the collaborative purpose of the grant, the application must comprise at least two different Steno Diabetes Centers.
  • Please also note the requirements on applicants and collaboration.


A total of up to DKK 25 million is available for grants between DKK 100,000 and DKK 10 million for projects lasting from one to five years.

Application process

The application must be completed and submitted using NNF’s online application and grant management system, NORMA, which can be accessed from:

When all applications have been assessed, applicants will be notified about whether or not they have been awarded a grant. The notification e-mail will be sent from [email protected] to the e-mail address entered on initial registration.


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