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We want to promote knowledge and solutions that support the green transition in society


Farming methods strain the Earth’s ecosystems

We must become better at understanding the interaction between agriculture and nature so that we can optimise the use of agricultural land while protecting biodiversity.


The world is heading towards a global temperature rise of 2.7°C

The quantity of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere must be greatly reduced to curb global warming.


We need novel and better foods to feed a growing world population

In 2050, we will need to produce 60% more food than we do today. Feeding the global population requires changing our food production and our diets.

We need to change our approach to agriculture and how we produce food to accommodate a growing world population and safeguard the health of our planet – and we are in a hurry. Fortunately, biology provides many solutions to the challenges we face.”
Claus Felby
Professor, Senior Vice President, Biotech

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


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.

Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center

The Center aims to identify innovative solutions to capture and recycle CO2 from the atmosphere thereby contributing to reducing the rise in global temperature.

Research Leader Programme

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Leader Programme aims to ensure that excellent research leaders have the opportunity to pursue ambitious and innovative projects.