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Novo Nordisk Foundation expands innovation grants to applicants from any Nordic country

From 2022, researchers from any Nordic country can apply for grants under the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Distinguished Innovator programme, whose purpose is to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship at universities. The 2022 application round is open until 9 March 2022.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation is awarding grants again in 2022 under the Distinguished Innovator programme.

These grants support research within life science and aim to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship at universities by providing the senior researchers the time and opportunity to explore whether a research discovery has commercial potential that can benefit patients and/or society.

The Foundation awards grants under the Distinguished Innovator programme of up to DKK 6 million over a 3-year period. In addition to financial support, the grant recipients receive scientific support during the project period that is decisive to ensure success in developing the project, including assistance from experts in legal services, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Until 2021, only researchers based in Denmark were eligible to receive these grants, but from 2022 researchers in any Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) are eligible.

March 9 deadline
In 2022, the grant will still support research within life science, but will especially focus on projects within industrial biotechnology and medical technology.

The application round is open, and the deadline is 9 March 2022.

A total of DKK 60 million is available for these grants in 2022.

Pioneer Innovator Grant
In addition to the Distinguished Innovator grants, the Foundation is awarding up to DKK 1 million for Pioneer Innovator grants. These are for faculty members, researchers and students employed at a university, hospital or other knowledge institution in the Nordic countries and aim to give researchers the opportunity to apply for grants for their life science innovation projects. The application deadline for these grants is also 9 March 2022.

Further information

Read about the grants on the Foundation’s website.

Distinguished Innovator Grant – Novo Nordisk Foundation

Pioneer Innovator Grant – Novo Nordisk Foundation