The Foundation supports a wide range of funding areas ranging from biomedicine and health sciences, education & outreach, biotechnology, natural and technical sciences to art research. You can get an overview of our funding areas here.
For any technical issues in our application system, NORMA, please contact [email protected]
The Novo Nordisk Foundation generally uses committees consisting of international experts who evaluate the applications. For some evaluations, internal committees and external peer review are also used. You can see which committee is going to evaluate your application in the call guidelines. An overview of the Foundation’s committees and their members can be found here.
The evaluation time may vary dependent on number and scope of applications of a given round. An approximate notification date is given in the call guidelines. You will receive an e-mail with the result.
Unfortunately, no. The Foundation does not currently have the capacity to give individual feedback for all applications.
This may vary depending on the funding area, grant type and number and quality of the applications. The average success rate across the Foundation is approximately 20%.
Yes, the Novo Nordisk Foundation adheres to a Diversity Policy with regards to internal governance, committee composition and application evaluation. Please visit the Novo Nordisk Foundation Diversity Policy to learn more.
Yes, all grants awarded, including the name of the main applicant and grantee, location, application title, awarded amount and year of funding, are listed on the Novo Nordisk Foundation homepage. Please visit the Grant Recipient list.
You can find contact details for the call-responsible grant manager in the call guidelines and a list of all employees under ‘Organization’ on our website.
If the call allows for funding of salary, you should always calculate your salary in collaboration with your administrating host institution to make sure that the salary is in line with the institution’s salary scale, including social costs, vacation, pensions etc.
No, the Novo Nordisk Foundation does not cover any overhead costs.
Expenses that are not directly linked to the project applied for.
Expenses that are directly related to the applied-for project, such as costs towards accounting, payment of salaries, purchasing, hiring, financial reporting and auditing on the project. You may allocate 5% of the budget as direct administrative expenses. Note that the 5% must be included in the total budget of the grant application.
If you apply for DKK 100,000, then 5% = DKK 5,000 of this amount can be allocated for direct administrative expenses and the remaining DKK 95,000 for the project, giving a total of DKK 100,000.
Yes, if bench fees are part of the general expenses policy of the administrating host institution, and this can be documented.
For each individual researcher, the number of months per year multiplied by the monthly amount should be detailed.
Yes, the Foundation monitors activities and results through a digital reporting system. The reporting systems used are researchfish® and FoundGood. You can find more information on how to use the reporting systems here.
The level and extent of financial reporting depends on the individual grant type. Information on when and how to submit financial reports will be found in our online application system (NORMA) and in the grant agreement.