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Tandem Programme – Translational research collaboration between Basic and Clinical Researchers

Call opens
26 October 2023
Call closes
10 January 2024 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
Beginning of April 2024
Recurring calls
October 2024
Application guidelines


With the present call ‘Tandem Programme’ The Novo Nordisk Foundation wishes to strengthen and support Danish translational health research of high international quality. Collaborative project applications from one basic and one clinical researcher, that seek to stimulate the transition of basic research to clinical practice and vice versa are invited.

About the grant


Up to DKK 10 mio. per grant



Career stage

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

Research area focus

Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine, Clinical and Translational Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism


Komite for Klinisk og Translationel Lægevidenskab


For grant inquiries
Ursula Bach
Senior Grant Manager
[email protected]
Jens Peter Holst Lauritsen
Scientific Manager, PhD
[email protected]


  • The project must be anchored at a university, hospital or other non-profit research institution in Denmark.
  • The main applicant must have his/her primary employment (75%) at a university, hospital or other non-profit research institution in Denmark. The co-applicant can be anchored in Denmark or abroad.
  • Only applications where one basic and one clinical researcher establish a cross-disciplinary collaboration will be considered for funding – it is expected that the two applicants take equal part in the project.
  • The main applicant can be either the basic researcher or the clinical researcher.
  • The clinical researcher must be active in the clinic and have current clinical responsibilities, i.e. not be employed in a full time research position.
  • The grant cannot cover the salaries for the main- and co-applicant. Therefore the main- and co-applicant must be guaranteed his or her salaries for the entire applied project period.
  • Both the main applicant and the co-applicant must receive a defined part of the grant budget and this must be detailed in the application budget, and it must be clear from the application, how the project collaboration is ensured and the work is distributed.
  • The applied project must be of 4 years duration.
  • The maximum budget per project is DKK 10 million (minimum budget DKK 7 million).


Applications from ph.d. students and postdocs that carry out research under supervision, and applications where ph.d. students or postdocs are named as co-applicants will not be considered.

Research field

One basic scientist and one clinical scientist must apply together for a project, which is clinically relevant, cross-disciplinary, and translational in nature, to catalyse improved treatment or diagnosis of patients, or understanding of underlying disease mechanisms. It is expected that to two applicants take equal part in the project.


Up to DKK 10 million are available for funding per Tandem Programme grant. Up to four 4-year Tandem Programme grants are available for funding in 2024.

Application process

The application must be completed and submitted using the foundation’s electronic application system, using the link “Send application”. Link is found at the top of the page and will be visible when the call opens.

It is very important, that the applicant carefully reads the application guidelines before initiating the application process. This document contains the complete call as well as detailed instructions for the application process.

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