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We contribute to improving the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten global health


The prevalence of cardiometabolic diseases has increased by more than 26% in the past 10 years

Today, more than 500 million people live with genetic and lifestyle-related cardiometabolic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.


People do not have equal opportunities for a healthy life and treatment

Rising inequity in health is not just a problem for individuals but is also a great burden for families and society.


Every year about 1.3 million people die from multidrug-resistant infections

We urgently need to improve our international preparedness for effectively managing antimicrobial resistance and novel viruses.

We wish to help people live healthier lives. That’s why we support research that increases our knowledge about human health and disease, as this provides the basis for solving some of the major challenges we are facing and can help us improve healthcare.”
Martin Ridderstråle
Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President, Medical Science

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.

How to apply See our grants

Projects and initiatives we have supported

Lighthouse Consortium on Obesity Management (LightCOM)

Danish Pioneer Centre for Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence will contribute to solving big societal challenges

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 period for the center, 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.

Centre for Childhood Health

In 2020, the Novo Nordisk Foundation awarded a grant towards the establishment of a new entity in the Foundation, with the main task of developing a new centre focusing on healthy weight for children.