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Addressing Crisis and Building Resilience

Call opens
4 February 2022
Call closes
1 April 2022 12:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
May 2022
Application guidelines


With this open call for applications, the Novo Nordisk Foundation supports humanitarian initiatives addressing the needs of people in vulnerable and marginalised situations with a focus on populations affected by complex and protracted crisis. Vulnerable situations and humanitarian needs may arise from several, interrelated factors, including extreme poverty and the effects of conflict, disaster, climate change, displacement, and the socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this call, applicants are encouraged to apply an approach that addresses crisis holistically. Where relevant, this may include applying actions across the humanitarian/development/peace nexus to meet human needs, mitigate vulnerability and build resilience.

About the grant


DKK 5 million per grant.
Total grant capital DKK 20 million.


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Areas of support 

This open call for applications is thematically unrestricted and can cover interventions in sectors such as education, health, livelihoods, food security and protection. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications for projects with strategic relevance for the applicant and within their area of expertise. Applicants with a documented and existing presence, strong local capacity and access to vulnerable populations affected by crisis will be given preference.

Geographically, the call is limited to the OECD DAC List of ODA Recipients. For the categories Lower Middle Income Countries and Territories and Upper Middle Income Countries and Territories, the applicant must describe in detail how the action will target a particularly vulnerable population e.g. refugees, internally displaced people, marginalised groups or similar. Regional and cross-border initiatives are also eligible.

Applicants should aim at implementing actions that offer longer-term, inclusive solutions for populations in vulnerable situations affected by complex and protracted crisis. Furthermore, applicants should demonstrate how the action strengthens locally led interventions and builds local partnerships, organisations and institutions to assist crisis-affected populations. Preference will be given to applications which apply a gender-sensitive approach and demonstrate one or more of the following approaches:

  • Longer-term, multisectoral solutions which address the needs of crisis-affected populations holistically and contribute to building resilience. Where relevant, applicants are encouraged to apply or demonstrate an understanding of the humanitarian/development/peace nexus.
  • Inclusion and protection including interventions adapted to meet differential needs of vulnerable populations and protect marginalised people.
  • Innovation and learning to explore and document effective ways of addressing humanitarian needs and documenting solutions in complex and protracted crises.

Applications can cover all types of activities including direct service delivery, capacity building, anticipatory action, activities fostering social cohesion, peacebuilding activities, advocacy, rigid evaluations and research to assisting people in need.


Organisations and institutions with a registration in Denmark, specifically documented with a Danish CVR number, may apply for grants in the open call for applications. Implementing through and sub-granting to strong local and international partners will be considered an advantage in the application evaluation process. International organisations and institutions may seek to partner with Danish-based organisations to apply for funding. Only the Danish-based applicant can submit an application through the online application system.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation will only accept applications from highly transparent organisations and institutions, whose annual reports and annual audited financial reports are publicly available.

The Foundation also expects applicant organisations and institutions to have implemented a code of conduct, or similar, by which they are guided and with which they comply in accordance with ethical humanitarian and development guidelines and standards, e.g., the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS). CHS certification is not a requirement for submitting an application.

Funding and project duration

A total of up to DKK 20 million is available for grants between DKK 1 million and DKK 5 million for projects with a duration of up to two years.

The project can be an independent, delimited project or part of a larger project that receives support from other sources. If the applicant has applied for or been awarded co-funding from other sources for the project, the applicant must always state this in the budget.

A suitable proportion of the budget should be allocated to collecting and disseminating knowledge and learnings.


Applications must be submitted in English.

Application process

Applications must be submitted using the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s online application system, NORMA. Applications must include a brief summary of the project together with a detailed project description of up to 20,000 characters and a budget for the project.

Please limit the number of appendices to an absolute minimum.

Applicants are requested to read the application guidelines, ‘Information and Guidelines for Applicants’, thoroughly before initiating the application process.

Please note that only organisational applicants are eligible for this call, which is of particular importance when creating a profile in the online application system, NORMA.

If you experience technical issues, please contact the NORMA support team on [email protected].

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