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New research leader programme will strengthen research within endocrinology and metabolism

Applications may now be submitted for grants under the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s new research leader programme within endocrinology and metabolism.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has allocated DKK 600 million (€80.5 million) to research leaders at different stages of their careers within endocrinology and metabolism as part of the Foundation’s Research Leader Programme.

The programme targets the best and most talented researcher leaders in the Nordic region at different stages of their careers, whether they are established or at the start-up stage. The programme covers both basic and clinical research involved in discovering the mechanisms within endocrinology and metabolism that are important for health and disease and relevant to the human organism.

The programme has three types of grants targeting research leaders at different stages of their careers:

  • Excellence Emerging Investigator – targeting young promising research leaders who want to establish or are in the process of establishing their own research group and/or an individual research profile. Read more here.
  • Ascending Investigator – targeting talented research leaders at associate professor level to consolidate their research groups and profiles. Read more here.

The programme can award up to DKK 120 million annually for up to four grants for each career stage. Each grant is for up to DKK 10 million over 5 years.

For all three career-stage categories, one of the four grants is reserved for a clinician with active research interests. To qualify, such a clinician must be based in clinical practice for the grant period to ensure that the project is relevant to and linked to clinical practice.

To be considered for a grant, applicants must be based at a Nordic institution, must have a strong and independent research profile and must be among the best in their field. The deadline for applications is 8 January 2019.

Niels Henrik von Holstein-Rathlou, Head of Research and Innovation Grants, Novo Nordisk Foundation, says: ”Our aims in establishing this new research leader programme are to strengthen research within endocrinology and metabolism in Denmark and the other Nordic countries and to contribute to developing the next generation of talented research leaders.”

The endocrinology and metabolism programme is part of the Foundation’s Research Leader Programme. In August 2018, the Foundation announced that it was significantly expanding the Programme and has allocated it a total of DKK 2.4 billion (€322 million) over 5 years. Read the announcement here.

Further information

Susanne Hede, Scientific Officer, Research and Innovation Grants,
phone +45 3527 6629, [email protected]

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