Novo Nordisk Foundation Prize for Primary Science Teachers

Inspirational teaching

The Prize is aimed at committed and talented teachers of science and technology in Denmark.

The purpose of the Prize is to recognize and publicize extraordinary efforts in stimulating the interest of children in science in grades 1–6 in primary and lower-secondary schools.

The Prize is awarded annually and is divided into two prizes: one for eastern Denmark and one for western Denmark. Each prize is DKK 250,000, divided into a personal award of DKK 50,000 and DKK 200,000 for the school. The award given to the school is to be used for developing science teaching, such as acquiring new equipment for experiments, upgrading classrooms and outdoor areas or continuing education.

The Prize is awarded to a teacher based on the nomination of the principal. The students, parents and colleagues may all suggest a candidate to the principal, who makes the nomination using the link under  Application Info. One or more teachers and teams of up to three teachers from the same school may be nominated. If the Prize is awarded to a team, the team members share the personal award amount. Candidates who have not previously received the prize may be re-nominated, but teachers from the same school are not eligible to receive the Prize in the 4 years after a Prize is awarded to that school.

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

The Prizes are awarded at the Big Bang Conference on 18 march 2020. The Prize recipients are asked to take part in a panel debate with the recipients of the Foundation’s other prizes for: lower-secondary science teachers; upper-secondary science teachers; and science teachers at teacher colleges.

See other Prizes awarded by the Novo Nordisk Foundations.

Previous recipients

The Foundation provides DKK 500,000 annually to fund two science teacher prizes in Denmark.
Committee on the Novo Nordisk Foundation Teaching Prizes
Additional information

Charlotte Drusebjerg
+45 3527 6565

Application Info

The principals of primary and lower-secondary schools may nominate candidates for the Prize.

The deadline for nominations for the 2021 Prize will be announced in early 2020