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Causal factors in obesity 2023

Call opens
5 September 2023
Call closes
18 January 2024 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
May 2024
Application guidelines


The purpose of the programme is to stimulate and support novel, early stage, high-risk/high-gain research ideas, to identify and validate causal biological, physiological, and psychological factors for obesity development. The project period will support early testing of the idea and its basic concepts, and the generation of initial data that can establish a firm basis for continuing into a more complex and expanded project stage. Therefore, the research should have potential for disruptive science and development of new research areas to enable design of effective non-pharmacological strategies to reduce the obesity epidemic, while strengthening and internationalizing Danish research.


The main applicant must be based at a Danish university, hospital, or other non-profit research organisation. They must have at least a 50% affiliation at this institution.

If there is a co-applicant, they must be employed at a university, hospital, or other non-profit research organisation outside of Denmark. The co-applicant should significantly contribute to the scientific advancement of the project and receive part of the funding.

Collaboration with industry is possible within this programme, however funding cannot be awarded to industrial partner(s).


The total budget for this call is DKK 24 million.

Grants can be up to DKK 3 million (or up to DKK 4 million if the project includes an international co-applicant) and with a duration of up to three years.

If relevant, the grant period can be extended to 4 years to cover 4-year PhD stipends, without changing the granted amount.

If there is a co-applicant, it is expected that the main applicant receives at least half of the project funding but no more than DKK 3 million.


All relevant information is contained in the application guidelines document ‘Causal Factors in Obesity 2023’

About the grants


Up to DKK 3 million (or up to DKK 4 million if the project includes an international co-applicant) for up to 3 years




Komite for Endokrinologi og Metabolisme


For grant inquiries
Jamie Batchelor
Grant specialist
[email protected]
Mads Fiil Hjorth
Senior Scientific Lead, PhD
[email protected]