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Who we are

Who are we?

We are an independent, Danish enterprise foundation. Characterised as a non-profit organisation, we support philanthropic purposes using funds deriving from our ownership of and investment in companies and other financial assets.


100 years have passed

100 years have passed since our founders created what is now the Novo Nordisk Foundation. We are sure they would find today’s world a much better place than the one they lived in.

As we mark our centennial, the Novo Nordisk Foundation reaffirms its commitment to being a catalyst for better human and planetary health. We are mindful of the responsibilities that come with being a resourceful organization. We pledge to be transparent about our work, involve our stakeholders in shaping our strategies, and address the concerns that some may have with the science and technologies that we support. Only this way can we earn the trust of our stakeholders and make a meaningful impact, together.

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We award grants based on three established values:

Goals and values

We strive for a purpose-driven work culture where individuals and teams are encouraged to bring new innovative ideas to life. We are ready to take risks and committed to learning from whenever we do not succeed. We strive for excellence and quality and we believe that making a difference and creating a better society can only be achieved if great minds work together. We dare to dream that we can help change the world and that we can achieve this in partnerships with others.


We strive to drive positive change in society in order to fulfil our vision. We seek to continuously develop our skills, challenge ourselves and remain curious in order to excel in a changing world. We bring together colleagues and external stakeholders in order to realise the full potential of our projects. We are devoted to following up on our projects in the long term, while remaining adaptable to changing circumstances.


We are always accountable for what we do, while respecting the views of others. We recognise that time is of the essence in the fight against big challenges, so we ensure early engagement of colleagues and stakeholders in the best possible way. We acknowledge that we have a unique potential to help improve people’s lives and our society, and as a consequence hereof, we also have a great responsibility to make the best use of this mandate. We always pursue an open dialogue internally, as well as externally. Being curious about other people’s views and always open to challenge our own understanding of things is essential to evolve our learning company culture.