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Conferences, Symposia and Workshops 2022-2

For events in May 2023 – August 2024

NB: Applicants can no longer request to organise their event at the facilities of the Novo Nordisk Foundation
Call opens
1 September 2022
Call closes
27 October 2022 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
December 2022
Recurring calls
Biannual call - next expected to open in January 2023
Application guidelines


The objective of the Conferences, Symposia and Workshops programme is to promote knowledge sharing and networking activities by providing leading as well as younger researchers and students with opportunities to present and discuss the newest research and innovation activities within their fields.

The programme is focused on supporting medium-sized events with a duration of 1-3 days typically. The events are organised by the applicants themselves and are located at the organisers’ home institution unless another location is more appropriate. The events must take place in the Danish Commonwealth (Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland).

Examples of supported events are scientific conferences or innovation days aiming at promoting knowledge sharing and networking.

Applications for the current call concern events held between May 2023 and August 2024.

The programme is biannual, and events held from October 2023 and onwards may also apply to one of the upcoming calls for the programme.

Events held before May 2023 will not be considered for funding.


About the grant


DKK 50,000 to DKK 500,000 per grant




For grant inquiries
Signe Rømer Holm
Senior Grant Manager
+45 7242 2561

Application process

The application must be completed and submitted using the Foundation’s application portal. Applicants must read the “Information and guidelines for applicants” carefully as it contains essential and more detailed information on requirements and restrictions.


Grants between DKK 50,000 and 500,000 are awarded. The total grant budget per year is DKK 8.2 million.


The applicant is the lead organiser of the event, must be affiliated with a university, hospital, art academy, or other public research or educational institution in Denmark, or with a museum or other not-for-profit knowledge institution in Denmark, can be either a researcher at a high international level, a younger researcher, or engaged in the development of STEM teaching, and cannot be an organisation or a professional event organiser.

The event must be held in the Danish Commonwealth, concern a topic that is funded by the Foundation (see guidelines, section 1.2) and targeting the research field of the applicant. It must include internationally prominent speakers and at least one poster session, furthermore, other similar activities with the specific aim to engage young researchers are encouraged. It must be publicised widely and be open to the public.

The event must be presented in as much detail as possible in the application, and CVs for invited speakers who have already given consent to participate must be appended.

It is strongly encouraged that organisers consider gender diversity when selecting the speakers. Furthermore, the event should have a small or no registration fee for younger researchers and students, and the general registration fee should be kept low enough to adhere to the “open to the public” requirement. The event should have presentation slots for younger researchers and students.

Selection criteria

The evaluation of submitted applications will be based on:

  • The applicant’s CV and track record, including experience in organising events
  • Theme and purpose of the conference and its expected impact on the research environment
  • Draft conference program
  • Planned featured speakers, with focus also on a reasonable gender equality
  • Expected interest and participation of the research community
  • Efforts to target and include younger researchers and students in the event
  • The combination of conference formats and participants to create an event that is original and has an above-average impact

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