What do we support?
We support a wide range of projects and initiatives that help to promote human health and the sustainability of the planet.
Our focus areas
Infectious diseases, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease are a threat to global public health.
We must solve the climate crisis and develop tomorrow’s food production so that we can feed a growing world population in a sustainable way.
Life science ecosystem
A robust life science ecosystem is a prerequisite for scientific breakthroughs and the development of new technologies that can help to solve major societal challenges.
Selected projects and initiatives
Pioneer Center for Landscape Research in Sustainable Agricultural Futures (Land-CRAFT)
Understanding interactions between agriculture and nature to pave the way for a green transition of agriculture
Danish Pioneer Centre for Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence will contribute to solving big societal challenges
Helix Lab – education and research centre in Kalundborg
The Helix Lab Research and Education Center in Kalundborg aims to attract MSc students from universities in Denmark and abroad. The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded grants totalling DKK 65 million to the Helix Lab over a 5-year project period.
PIG-PARADIGM – research into the intestinal resilience of piglets
The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded DKK 150 million (€20.1 million) for an interdisciplinary research project that may lead to a reduction in the use of antibiotics in the pig farming industry.
AMR Action Fund – global initiative to combat antimicrobial resistance
Several leading pharmaceutical companies and foundations have raised USD 1 billion to launch the AMR Action Fund. The aim is to bring 2–4 new antibiotics to patients by 2030.
Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Genomic Mechanisms of Disease
With a USD 47.5 million commitment over a five-year period, the Foundation has supported the establishment of a new centre for genomic research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Boston (US).
Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine (reNEW)
The Foundation has awarded up to DKK 2.2 billion (300 million euro) over a 10-year for the centre, which is established as a partnership between three leading research institutions.
Pandemic Antiviral Discovery (PAD)
Together with Open Philanthropy and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Novo Nordisk Foundation has made an initial commitment of up to USD 90 million in coordinated funding towards the initiative in 2022.
We award grants for projects based on applications we receive in open competition and for projects for which the Foundation takes the initiative. The aim is always to improve people’s lives by advancing health, through education and by developing a knowledge-based, sustainable society.Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen, Professor, CEO, Novo Nordisk Foundation
International prizesWe award several prizes annually to international researchers across our areas of support. The prizes are awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding research contribution or shown special commitment in their scientific field.
Teaching prizesEach year, we award several teaching prizes to honour individuals or projects that have made a special contribution within science teaching and outreach.
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