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Postdoctoral Fellowships for research within Industrial Biotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology 2024

Call opens
21 June 2024
Call closes
21 August 2024 2:00pm (CEST)
Announcement of results
December 2024
Recurring calls
Expected June 2025


Applications are invited for individual fellowships to support outstanding postdoctoral scientists conducting research within industrial biotechnology and environmental biotechnology. The intention of the fellowship is to enable excellent young scientists, to develop their own independent research area. Fellowships must be based at a university or other non-profit research institution in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden.

The proposed research must address major questions and challenges within these fields. The proposed research must involve a clear element of biotechnology, have an outlook to scaling potential(s), contribute to sustainability and, if relevant, increase productivity. The proposed research must involve a clear element of biotechnology.

Non-exclusive list of prioritised areas:

  • Use or engineering of biological/biotechnological tools and systems for synthesis and production of valuable products (e.g., chemicals, proteins and materials)
  • Development of technologies and processes that can be utilized directly for bioproduction
  • Improvement of the efficiency of biomanufacturing
  • Use or engineering of biological/biotechnological tools and systems to protect or improve the environment
  • Understanding, protection or manipulation of natural or industrial ecosystems related to application of biotechnology
  • Data science promoting 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.


Nordic Region

An applicant must either:

  • Have a PhD or equivalent degree obtained within 6 years of the application deadline date,
  • Be a PhD student who will defend her/his/their thesis before April 1, 2025.

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.

About the grants


Up to DKK 3,1 million per grant


Denmark, Nordic Countries (excl. Denmark)

Career stage

PhD students, Postdoctoral fellowships

Research area focus

Industrial and environmental biotechnology


Komite for Industriel Bioteknologi og Miljøbioteknologi


For grant inquiries
Henning Jørgensen
Senior Scientific Manager, Ph.d.
+45 3029 8468 [email protected]
Panagiotis Tsapekos
Scientific Manager
+45 4280 2921 [email protected]
Linsey Zielinski
Grant Manager
[email protected]


The grant period is 1-3 years. The total grant amount is up to DKK 3 million for a 3-year grant. The grant amount should be distributed approximately equally each year, and for projects shorter than three years, the total grant amount is proportionally reduced. Please note, at least 1 year must take place at the Nordic host institution. The duration of the fellowship should reflect the time frame of the research activities.

For applicants currently based at a Nordic host institution who have not conducted research in another country, research activities in a laboratory in another country for at least 6 and maximum 24 months in total will be considered as a positive element for the postdoctoral training but is not a requirement.

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. These guidelines will be available on this website before 21 June 2024.

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