The Novozymes Prize

Focus on biotechnology

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

The prize is awarded to recognize outstanding research or technology contributions that benefit the development of biotechnological science for innovative solutions. It is awarded for a predominantly European contribution. Awardees must have a current position at a public or non-profit research institution in a European country. They can have any nationality.

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

The prize is awarded annually and is accompanied by DKK 3 million. DKK 2.5 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.

Watch video with Dame Carol Robinson – the 2019 Novozymes Prize winner:

Previous recipients

Dame Carol Robinson
Gunnar von Heijne
Emmanuelle Charpentier
Virginijus Siksnys
Jens Nielsen
Bernard Henrissat
Professor, Director
The Novo Nordisk Foundation annually donate DKK 3 million to the awarding of the prize.
Committee on the Novozymes Prize
Additional information

Pernille Julø Risegaard
Senior Administrator, PA to the CEO
Novo Nordisk Foundation

Application Info

The Novozymes Prize is awarded upon nominations submitted to the Novozymes Prize Committe.

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