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Challenge Programme – research-based solutions to major societal challenges

Every year the Novo Nordisk Foundation awards grants totalling hundreds of millions of Danish kroner to ambitious research projects that can help solve global challenges within human health and the sustainability of the planet. Each project can receive up to DKK 60 million.

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Jens Peter Holst Lauritsen
Scientific Manager, Medical Science, Novo Nordisk Foundation

The Challenge Programme targets research projects that address some of the major societal challenges.

Every year we define two or three new themes that comprise the framework for the grants in any one year. The Challenge Programme gives leading researchers the opportunity to assemble a strong team that can collaborate to develop solutions that improve health and the sustainability of society and the planet.

To ensure that the best project proposals and research consortia are considered, the Foundation awards the grants through calls for applications in open competition. Each year, an ad hoc committee comprising international experts within the individual themes is established to assess the applications. The projects must be based at a university, hospital or other non-profit research organisation in Denmark. International partners are most welcome.

Every year, we award grants totalling up to DKK 360 million through the Challenge Programme. Each project can receive up to DKK 60 million for a period of up to 6 years.

Research must be in depth, but the subject can be cross-disciplinary and should not be considered limited to any particular research method or discipline.

Read more about the Challenge Programme here.