Novo Nordisk Foundation Symposia

Novo Nordisk Foundation Symposia

Art research
Biomedicine and health sciences
And 4 more
Place of research
Nordic region
Up to DKK 150,000 per grant
Recurring call
Expected January 2021
Call opens
2020, 2pm (CET)
How to apply Apply
Call opens
22 Jan 2020
26 Mar 2020, 2pm (CET)
How to apply
Up to DKK 150,000 per grant
Announcement of results:
End of May 2020

The deadline has been extended until 26 March due to the current situation with Corona Virus.


The objective of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Symposia is to provide leading as well as younger researchers with opportunities to present and discuss the newest research within their fields.

The symposia will be planned in cooperation with the Novo Nordisk Foundation and are to be held at the conference facilities at the Novo Nordisk Foundation in Hellerup, Denmark.

The symposia can be attended by up to 150 participants.


Internationally renowned researchers in any Nordic country can apply to arrange a Novo Nordisk Foundation Symposium.

The scientific theme of the symposium must be within the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s funding areas.

A minimum of four internationally prominent speakers must give presentations of at least 30 minutes each within the theme of the symposium.

One or more poster sessions, or an equivalent activity to engage young researchers, must be a part of the scientific program.

The symposia for the current call can be held in 2021.

The symposium must be limited to one day.

For multiple-day events, please apply for the Conferences, Symposia and Workshops programme instead.


The evaluation of Novo Nordisk Foundation Symposia applications will be based on:

  • The applicant’s curriculum vitae and scientific record
  • Theme and purpose of the symposium
  • Draft scientific program
  • Planned featured speakers
  • Expected interest and participation of research community


For each symposium, up to DKK 150,000 can be applied for.

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

Each grant will be supplemented by up to DKK 170,000, which will be administrated by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, for practical arrangements in connection with the symposium.

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.