Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme 2018

Application opens
2018, 2pm (CET)
Award amount:
Up to DKK 15 mio. per grant available for granting
Announcement of results:


With the Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme, the Novo Nordisk Foundation seeks to support research projects across disciplines, organizations and national borders. The research projects must aim at interdisciplinary biomedical and biotechnological approaches to resolve challenges in relation to health and disease, or better usage of natural resources.

The goal of the research programme is to:

  • Stimulate an interdisciplinary culture of research that spans across scientific disciplines and techniques.
  • Pursue creative and novel, high-risk/high-gain research ideas.
  • Strengthen and internationalize Danish research.


The individual research project must have a main applicant, who is anchored in Denmark, plus 1-3 co-applicants, who each represent different scientific or technical disciplines. The research projects must bring researchers from different scientific and/or technical disciplines together to resolve challenges in relation to health and disease, and better usage of natural resources. It is an advantage that the proposed research projects are supported by preliminary data.

Research areas

Examples of disciplines could be; engineering, IT/computer science, medicine, mathematics, anthropology, physics, psychology, biology etc.

A project with co-applicants within the same discipline will generally not be considered interdisciplinary under this programme, and optimally, there should be one applicant/co-applicant from each of the disciplines described in the application.


Up to DKK 5 mio. per year can be requested for a project running over 3 years, for a total funding of up to DKK 15 mio. per project.

Application process

The application process will consist of two stages.

  • Stage 1 applications should be short ‘expressions of interest’ that will be evaluated by an independent assessment panel, after which selected projects will be invited to proceed to the Stage 2.
  • Stage 2, where the applicant will be invited to submit a detailed project description that will undergo external, expert peer review.

Please read ”Information and Guidelines for Applicants” carefully before initiating the application process. Additional and essential information is found in these guidelines.

Udvalg for Interdisciplinær Forskning
Morten Bache
Senior Scientific Officer, PhD, Dr. Techn.
+45 7730 1560

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