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Steno National Collaborative Grant

Call opens
1 March 2023
Call closes
27 April 2023 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
Announcement of stage 1 results: July 2023
Application guidelines


With this call, the Novo Nordisk Foundation wishes to strengthen the collaboration between the Steno Diabetes Centers and the research environments related to the Centers. The foundation will support research projects with a unifying mission to develop knowledge, to exchange experience across the research institutions and to facilitate synergy between the research environments around the Steno Diabetes Centers.

About the grants


DKK 25 million


Komite for Steno Research Collaboration


For grant inquiries
Kristina Rohde Larsen
Grant Specialist
+45 2277 8553 [email protected]


Steno National Collaborative Grants aims to:

  • Strengthen clinical research between all Danish Steno Diabetes Centers.
  • Ensure large-scale, long-term, patient-centered clinical research projects involving a national cohort of diabetes patients or people at risk of diabetes.
  • Position Denmark at an international level in improving prevention and care for persons with diabetes or at risk of diabetes.


Due to the collaborative purpose of the grant, the research project must bring researchers from all five Danish Steno Diabetes Centers together. This must be accomplished by establishing and/or using national cohorts with patients/persons at risk from all regions.

For Steno Diabetes Centers Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Nordjylland, Steno Partner institutions are defined as hospitals with a cooperation agreement with the local Steno Diabetes Center. In Region Zealand, the PI/main applicant should be from one of the region’s hospitals.

The Principal Investor (PI)/main applicant 

  • The PI/ main applicant must be anchored at a Steno Diabetes Center. 
  • The main PI/ applicant must have documented experience with leading large-scale clinical research projects. 


  • It is required, that co-applicants from the four additional Steno Diabetes Centers not representing the PI/main applicant, participate substantially in the project.
  • Additional co-applicants from Steno Diabetes Center Greenland, a Steno Partner institution, university, hospital, municipality or other non-profit research or diabetes care institutions in Denmark or abroad can also partner the project, in addition to the five Steno Diabetes Centers. International collaborations are strongly encouraged.


A total of DKK 25 million is available for one grant for a five-year project.

Application process 

The application process will consist of two stages.

Stage 1. The project description for the Stage 1 consists of a brief Expression of Interest of the proposed research project, addressing the aim and hypotheses. Up to three projects will be invited to proceed to Stage 2, in which the applicants will be asked to submit a comprehensive application with a detailed project proposal of up to 30,000 characters. As part of the Stage 2 evaluation, the PI/main applicant will be invited to present and discuss their proposed research project with the review committee.

It is important, that the applicant carefully reads the “Information and Guidelines for Applicants – Steno National Collaborative Grant” before initiating the application process, as this document contains the complete call as well as detailed instructions for the application process.

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