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Excellence Emerging Investigator Grant within Endocrinology and Metabolism – Nordic Region

Call opens
2 November 2023
Call closes
16 January 2024 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
May 2024
Application guidelines


With this call the Novo Nordisk Foundation seeks to support and strengthen the development of young and promising research leaders, and to promote Nordic research at a high international level. The call is targeted starting group leaders with ambitious projects within endocrinology and metabolism that aim to understand the human organism and the mechanisms underlying health and disease at a basic and clinical level. Four grants are available for funding and NNF aims at awarding at least one of these grants to an active clinician researcher.

About the grant


Up to DKK 10 million per grant


Denmark, International recruitment to Denmark, Nordic Countries (excl. Denmark)

Career stage

Research Leaders (junior/non-tenured)

Research area focus

Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine, Clinical and Translational Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism


Komite for Endokrinologi og Metabolisme


For grant inquiries
Susanne E. Hede
Senior Scientific Manager, PhD
[email protected]
Fiona Goldizen
Grant Manager
[email protected]


The grant is for very early career principal investigators to develop their career and establish their own teams.

  • Applicants should be at a senior postdoctoral, assistant professor, associate professor (time-limited) or equivalent level
  • Applicants may be basic/experimental researchers or clinician researchers
  • Applicants should have completed their PhD approximately within the past four to eight years
  • Applicants are expected to have first-authored peer-reviewed research papers with high impact
  • The projects of high international standard must be anchored at a hospital, university or other non-profit research institution (administrating host institution) in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden).

A full list of eligibility requirements is found in the ‘Information and guidelines for applicants’.

Research fields

The overall goal is to obtain new knowledge and better treatment or prevention of disease relevant to the human organism within the areas of endocrinology and metabolism, relating to cellular energy homeostasis, and hormonal disorders of the endocrine system.

Areas supported include research involving patients and/or clinical practice but could also include animal models, model organisms, cellular- or sub-cellular systems (with clear whole body relevance) as well as in silico analysis, with the overall purpose of solving challenges related to endocrinology and metabolism in health and disease. Please note that endocrinology is not restricted to diabetes. Research projects within all subfields of endocrinology, e.g. thyroid, reproduction, or bone and calcium metabolism can be supported.


Up to four 5-year grants, each of up to DKK 10 million, can be awarded, with DKK 2 million per year. The grants may be utilized for e.g. the applicants own salary and consumables directly related to the project.

Application process

Applications must be completed and submitted using the foundation’s electronic application system. The Committee on Endocrinology and Metabolism will assess the applications. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview on Friday 5 April 2024.

Please read the ”Information and Guidelines for Applicants” carefully before initiating the application process. Additional and essential information is found in these guidelines.

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