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Steno National Collaborative Grant

Call opens
29 November 2023
Call closes
23 January 2024 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
Stage 1 Expression of Interest: April 2024
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 Centres. 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 Centres.

Please note that the call deadline is moving in 2024. The deadline in 2024 is 23 January at 2 pm CET.

About the grants


DKK 25 million


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For grant inquiries
Kristina Rohde Larsen
Grant Manager
[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.


The research project must be collaborative with a unifying vision and focus on solving a challenge within the area of clinical diabetes research. 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 main (the PI) applicant must be anchored at a Danish Steno Diabetes Center.
  • The main applicant must have documented experience with leading large-scale clinical research projects.


  • It is required that co-applicants from the four additional Danish Steno Diabetes Centers participate substantially in the project.
  • In addition to the five Danish Steno Diabetes Centers, additional co-applicants from Steno Diabetes Center Greenland, Steno Diabetes Center Faroe Islands, a Steno Partner
    institution or from a university, hospital, municipality or other non-profit research or diabetes care institutions in Denmark or abroad can also be part of the project.


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

Application process 

The application process is a two-stage process. The project description for Stage 1 consists of a brief Expression of Interest of the proposed research project, addressing the aim and
hypotheses. A budget is not required for Stage 1. Up to three research projects will be invited to proceed to Stage 2, in which the main applicant 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 main applicant will be invited to present and discuss their proposed research project with the review committee. This committee meeting will be in August 2024.
The application must be completed and submitted using NNF’s online application and grant management system, NORMA, which can be accessed from: Further information on how to access and navigate in NORMA can be found in chapter 2.

When all applications have been assessed, applicants will be notified about whether or not they have been awarded a grant. The notification e-mail will be sent from [email protected] to the e-mail address entered on initial registration

Please note that the call deadline is moving in 2024. The deadline in 2024 is 23 January at 2 pm CET.

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