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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


New collaborative platform aims to accelerate the development of plant-based foods.

DTU Biosustain

The interdisciplinary research centre uses biotechnology, synthetic biology and data analysis to develop methods for producing a wide range of consumer goods in a greener and cheaper way

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).

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

Our grants

The Novo Nordisk Foundation awards grants based on applications in open competition and supports a large number of different areas within health, sustainability and life science.

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Unsolicited inquiries

We receive a great number of inquiries, expressions of interest and applications outside of our open calls. To facilitate an effective assessment, unsolicited inquiries, expressions of interest and applications for the Novo Nordisk Foundation should be received according to guidance below.