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Project Grants 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 project grants to support excellent research within industrial biotechnology and environmental biotechnology. Projects 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 challenges within Industrial Biotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology, with a strategic perspective addressing major questions and challenges within these fields. 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.

Non-exclusive list of prioritized 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

Faculty members and researchers with an independent research program at academic research institution in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden are eligible to apply for the project grants.

In addition to the main applicant, applications may include one or more co-applicants who contribute scientifically to the project and will receive a financial share of the grant.

About the grants


Up to DKK 4,4 million


Nordic region

Career stage

Research Leaders (Established/Prof.), Research Leaders (junior/non-tenured), Research Leaders (Mid-career/Associate Prof.)

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]
Linsey Zielinski
Grant Manager
[email protected]
Panagiotis Tsapekos
Scientific Manager
+45 4280 2921 [email protected]


The grant period should be 1-3 years. The total grant amount is up to DKK 3.4 million for a 3-year grant. For projects that are a collaboration between a main applicant and a co-applicant located in a different Nordic country, the total amount is up to DKK 4.4 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.

Application Process

Applications must be completed and submitted using the online system following the instructions in the “Information and guidelines for applicants”-pdf. Additional essential information regarding eligibility, funding and the application process is found in this PDF. These guidelines will be available on this website before 21 June 2024.

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