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New Research Leader Programme in Art History Research

The Novo Nordisk Foundation is increasing its support for art history research and is launching a new Investigator Grant in Art History.

In the new research leader programme, the Foundation will award two grants annually of up to DKK 4 million each to established researchers to support major art history research projects.

The programme targets research on art across all eras – from antiquity to the present – and art history in a wide sense, including images, architecture, sculpture, performance, bio art, photography, digital art and other media in a Danish or international context.

The overall purpose of the new programme is:

  • to strengthen research in Denmark within art history;
  • to give established researchers the opportunity to carry out world-class research; and
  • to create noteworthy and high-profile research results that are communicated through substantial, English-speaking publications.

“Innovative research requires long periods of in-depth investigation. For example, the high output of publications by British and American university researchers largely results from a systematic tradition of time being dedicated solely to research. If Danish art history is to compete seriously at an international level it is vital that Danish art historians have similar opportunities. This is precisely why we have decided to add the new investigator grants,” says Jacob Wamberg, Chair of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Committee on Art History Research and Committee on Art History Research – Mads Øvlisen Scholarships.

The Foundation plans to award two grants annually of up to DKK 4 million each. The projects must extend 2–4 years. The Foundation has awarded project grants for art history research for more than 30 years. The new investigator grants will supplement the Foundation’s art history project grants.

Applications may be submitted starting on 29 November 2016.


Henriette Balslev, Grant Administrator, [email protected], +45 3527 6622

Christian Mostrup Scheel, Press Officer, [email protected], +45 3067 4805