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Novo Nordisk Foundation Nature-based Educator Prize


The Novo Nordisk Foundation annually awards a total of DKK 300,000 for the distribution of two Pedagogue Prizes.

Application Information

The deadline for submission of nominations is November 22, 2024, at 12:00 PM.

Call Closed

Candidates for the award can be nominated by the country’s primary school principals and school boards.

The recipients of the award will be selected by Komite for Novo Nordisk Fondens Undervisningspriser and will be contacted directly during February 2025.


Sofie Hoxer
Grant Specialist

Inspirational early-childhood education

The Prize is aimed at committed and talented early-childhood educators working in childcare centres in Denmark with planned learning topics focusing on nature, outdoor life and science.

The Prize recognizes and publicizes extraordinary efforts in early-childhood education that provide children a positive experience of nature, numbers and science.

The Prize is awarded annually and is divided into two prizes: one for eastern Denmark and one for western Denmark. Each prize is DKK 150,000, divided into a personal award of DKK 50,000 and DKK 100,000 for the childcare centre. The award given to the childcare centre is to be used for developing early-childhood education with the planned learning topics, such as acquiring equipment for technical or nature experiments, upgrading classrooms and outdoor areas, excursions or continuing education.

The Prize is awarded to an early-childhood educator based on the nomination of the manager or board members of the childcare centre. Children, parents and colleagues may suggest a candidate to the manager or board, who makes the nomination using the link under the application details above. One or more educators and teams of up to three early-childhood educators from the same childcare centre may be nominated. If the Prize is awarded to a team, each team members will receive DKK 25,000. Candidates who have not previously received the prize may be re-nominated, but educators from the same childcare centre are not eligible to receive the Prize in the 4 years after a Prize is awarded to that childcare centre.

Committee on The Novo Nordisk Foundation Teaching Prizes selects the successful nominees for the Prize.

The Prize will be awarded at the Prize recipient’s childcare centre.

See other Prizes awarded by the Novo Nordisk Foundations.

See previous recipients

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Call closed.


November 18th, 2020