Conferences, Symposia and Workshops

Conferences, Symposia and Workshops

Open for applications on
2020, 2pm (CET)
Award amount:
up to DKK 500,000 per grant available for granting
Announcement of results:
End of May 2020


The objective of the Conferences, Symposia and Workshops programme is to promote knowledge sharing and networking activities. These grants facilitate this by providing leading researchers as well as younger ones and students with opportunities to present and discuss the newest research and innovation activities within their fields. The aim is to support medium-sized events with a duration of 2-3 days typically. The event must be held in Denmark.

The events can be located at hospitals or universities and are organized by the researchers themselves. Typical examples of supported events are scientific conferences, innovation days, or student-organized events, all aiming at promoting knowledge-sharing and networking.

The events for the current call can be held between October 2020 – end of 2021. The programme is biannual, so events for the second half of 2021 and on may also apply to one of the upcoming calls of the programme.


The main applicant must be located in Denmark and be either a researcher at a high international level, a younger researcher, or a student representative for a student organisation. The main applicant must also be the lead organiser for the event.

The scientific themes of the event must be within the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s funding areas, i.e. health sciences, life sciences, natural sciences, technical sciences, and technologies and innovation within these, as well as art and art history research. Event topics concerning sustainability and interdisciplinarity are welcomed.

It is mandatory to have representation of internationally prominent speakers, who must give presentations of at least 30 minutes each within the theme of the event.

One or more poster sessions or similar events must be a part of the scientific program, and the conference should be publicised widely and be open to the public.

For single-day events, please apply for the Novo Nordisk Foundation Symposia programme instead.


The evaluation of the applications for the Conferences, Symposia and Workshops grant will be based on:

  • The applicants’ curriculum vitae and track record, including experience for organizing events
  • Theme and purpose of the conference and its expected impact for the research environment
  • Draft conference program
  • Planned featured speakers
  • Expected interest and participation of research community, and efforts to target and include younger researchers and students in the event
  • The combination of conference formats and participants to create an event that is original and has above-average impact


For a grant, funding in the range DKK 50,000-500,000 can be applied for.

If desired, the applicant can request for the possibility to organize the event at the conference facilities at the Novo Nordisk Foundation in Hellerup, Denmark. In this case, each grant can be supplemented by up to DKK 250,000.

Funding covers travel and accommodation expenses for the grantee, organizers and invited speakers.

Application process

The application must be completed and submitted using the foundation’s application system.

We recommend that applicants carefully read the “Information and guidelines for applicants” before initiating the application process. Additional essential information on the call and application process is found in this document.

Christina M. Hald
+45 3527 6615