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New Research Programme Within General Practice and Family Medicine

The Novo Nordisk Foundation is increasing research funding within general practice and family medicine. The Foundation is making DKK 75 million available for up to three research projects that contribute to optimally organizing the healthcare system of the future.

Increasing numbers of people have more than one disease. Further, many people in the healthcare system of the future will receive care at home, and more tasks will be shifted from the hospital sector to general practitioners and local authorities.

This trend requires an innovative, interdisciplinary and patient-centred approach.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Research Programme on General Practice in an Integrated Healthcare System – Optimal Care Pathways aims to create new knowledge on the best way to organize a coherent healthcare system, including new knowledge on optimal care pathways and new knowledge on effective collaboration and communication between patients and their families and the treatment institutions involved.

The Foundation’s Research Programme aims to support major research projects seeking to study, develop and test patient-oriented care pathways that are coherent across treatment institutions and are clinically effective and economically efficient.


Beginning this year, the Foundation is funding the establishment of three 5-year research projects, each of which may be awarded up to DKK 25 million. Funding will be awarded to one research project annually.

The Research Programme seeks applicants from all research fields that are involved in organizing the healthcare system, with the starting-point being general practice and family medicine.

Niels-Henrik von Holstein-Rathlou, Head of Research and Innovation Grants, Novo Nordisk Foundation, says: “The Foundation has supported research within general practice and family medicine for many years. With this new Research Programme, the Foundation is substantially increasing its funding. We hope that this will contribute to developing new forms of collaboration between hospitals, local authorities and general practices and will also contribute to patient-centred home-based initiatives.”