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The Novozymes Prize

Focus on biotechnology

The Novozymes Prize aims to raise awareness of basic and applied biotechnology research.

The Novozymes Prize is awarded to recognise outstanding European research or technology achievements that contribute to the development of innovative and sustainable biotechnology solutions for the benefit of people and the planet.

Awardees must have made an important contribution to European Science in areas of relevance to e.g. biomanufacturing, industrial, environmental, food or plant biotechnology. The prize is not awarded for a life-time achievement contribution to science. They must have a current position and an active research program at a public or non-profit research institution in a European country. Awardees can have any nationality.

You can nominate a candidate here.

The Committee on the Novozymes Prize awards the prize based on the nominations received. Anyone can nominate a candidate for the prize.

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The prize is awarded annually and is accompanied by DKK 5 million. DKK 4.5 million is a funding amount for the awardee’s research, while DKK 0.5 million is a personal award. The prize may not be awarded to members of the Board of the Novo Nordisk Foundation or members of committees or to members of boards, directors or employees of the Novo Group.

The Foundation’s collaborating partners and the recipient’s guests attend the award ceremony in March, where the prize recipient gives an introduction to his or her research. In addition, in celebration of the award, the recipient and the Foundation arrange an international symposium within the scientific field of the prize recipient.

Read more about the awardee 2023, Professor Anne Osbourn: She chose poetry over science but returned to revolutionise plant research


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Further information
Senior Scientific Manager Henning Jørgensen, [email protected]

Senior Manger Pernille Julø Risegaard, [email protected]

April 28th, 2023