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Postdoctoral Fellowships for research within Industrial Biotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology 2022

Call opens
16 June 2022
Call closes
25 August 2022 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
December 2022
Recurring calls
Expected June 2023
Application guidelines

Purpose

The Novo Nordisk Foundation wishes to make significant contributions to the sustainability of society and the environment, including support of research within the areas of industrial biotechnology and environmental biotechnology.

The proposed research must address major challenges within Industrial Biotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology. The research should be fundamental in character but have a strategic outlook to scaling potential(s), contribute to sustainability and, if relevant, increase productivity. The proposed research must involve a clear element of biotechnology*. One or more of the following topics should preferably be included in the research:

  • Use or engineering of biological/biotechnological tools, systems or microorganisms for synthesis and production of valuable products (e.g. energy, fuels, chemicals, proteins, and materials)
  • Development of technologies and processes for bioproduction
  • Improvement of the efficiency and/or sustainability of biomanufacturing
  • Use or engineering of biological/biotechnological tools, systems, or microorganisms to protect or improve the environment
  • Understanding, protection, or manipulation of natural or industrial ecosystems in relation to application of biotechnology
  • Data science to advance research within industrial or environmental biotechnology, including related ecosystems research

Proposals focusing on plant science, agriculture and food biotechnology should be submitted to the Novo Nordisk Foundation Committee on Plant Science, Agriculture and Food Biotechnology, while proposals with a focus on pharmaceuticals and therapeutics should be submitted to the Novo Nordisk Foundation Committee on Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine.

*For the biotechnology requirement, the OECD short definition of biotechnology will be used as a reference for assessments. The OECD definition of biotechnology: the application of science and technology to living organisms, as well as parts, products and models thereof, to alter living or non-living materials for the production of knowledge, goods and services.

About the grant

Beløb

Up to DKK 2.5 million per grant

Location

Denmark, Nordic Countries (excl. Denmark)

Career stage

PhD students, Post Docs

Research area focus

Biotechnology-based Synthesis and Production

Committee

Komite for Industriel Bioteknologi og Miljøbioteknologi

Kontakt

For grant inquiries
Henning Jørgensen
Senior Scientific Manager, Ph.d.
+45 3029 8468 hej@novo.dk
Torben Vedel Borchert
Scientific Director
+45 3077 6977 tvb@novo.dk
Camilla Stensgaard Andersson
Grant Specialist
+45 4172 7944 CSA@novo.dk

Nordic Region

Eligibility

An applicant must either:

  • have a PhD or equivalent degree obtained within 6 years of the application deadline date,

or

  • be a PhD student who will defend her/his thesis before April 1, 2023.

As part of the application, applicants need to submit a host letter from the Nordic host institution and letters of support from other institutions supporting the fellowship.

Funding

The postdoctoral fellowship period can be from 1 to 3 years, of which at least 1 year must be used at the Nordic host institution. The duration of the fellowship should reflect the time frame of the research activities.

Funding up to DKK 800.000 per year is available for expenses including the fellowship recipient’s own salary and direct project costs, as well as up to 5 % administrative costs. An additional amount of up to DKK 100.000 can be included to cover costs related to research stays abroad exceeding 6 months.

Application process

Applications must be completed and submitted using the NNF’s application system following the instructions in the “Information and guidelines for applicants” pdf. Additional essential information regarding eligibility, funding and submission requirements is found in this pdf.

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