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Start Package Grants – For faculty recruitment Q3 2024

Call opens
21 March 2024
Call closes
5 August 2024 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
Early September 2024
Recurring calls
The Q4 2024 call will open on 5 August 2024
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The primary purpose of the Start Package grant is to make Danish universities or other research institutions more competitive when recruiting top researchers of any nationality. The aim is also to enhance researcher mobility across borders, among Danish universities and from industry to university.

The 4-year grant is intended to provide leverage for the hiring Danish university/research institution during recruitment and contract negotiations and to accompany the offer of one of the following positions:

Up to DKK 4 million for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level
Up to DKK 6 million for a time-unlimited position at the associate professor level
Up to DKK 8 million for a time-unlimited position at the full professor level
Up to DKK 8 million for a clinical- or clinical chair professor position with mandatory research responsibilities for a minimum of five years

A Start Package Grant will provide the host institution with funding that must be used in connection with the candidate’s establishment of an independent research group at the host institution.

About the grants


DKK 8 million per grant




For grant inquiries
Anne Boutrup Stephansen
Scientific Manager
[email protected]
Rikke Stefansen
Grant Manager
+45 2068 5048 [email protected]

Areas of support

Recruited candidates must conduct their research within medical sciences, life sciences, or natural and technical sciences in fields that are in alignment with NNF’s 2030 Strategy. NNF’s strategic focus areas include:

  • Prevention of cardiometabolic disease
  • Understanding and managing cardiometabolic disease
  • Strengthening epidemic preparedness
  • Sustainable and high yield agriculture
  • Sustainable food and healthy diets
  • High-impact climate change mitigation technologies
  • Fundamental research in bioscience, data and computer science, materials science, metabolism, the microbiome, robotics, quantum technologies, mathematical modelling, and systems biology
  • Interdisciplinary research with potential application within health or sustainability
  • Technology development with potential application within health or sustainability


Please consult the guidelines for detailed eligibility requirements concerning mobility, position, and recruitment.

Application process

The call is open all year round. Grants are awarded four times per year, with a quarterly submission deadline.

The application must be completed and submitted using the foundation’s application system NORMA that can be accessed via the link “Apply now“.

Please read “Information and Guidelines for Applicants” carefully before initiating the application process. Essential additional information on the call and application process is found here.

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Managing a grant

Read more about how to manage a grant and what general information you need as a grant holder.