About the Novo Nordisk Foundation Challenge Programme

“The Foundation aims to use the Challenge Programme to contribute to supporting and promoting world-class research that focuses on contributing to finding answers to today’s challenges in global technology or health,” says Niels-Henrik von Holstein-Rathlou, Head of Biomedicine and Health Research, Novo Nordisk Foundation.

With the Challenge Programme the Novo Nordisk Foundation wishes to contribute to the development and strengthening of the Danish research environment within biomedicine and biotechnology. The Challenge Programme focuses on in-depth research on specific challenges within annually selected research themes.

The Foundation’s Challenge Programme is awarding 6-year grants of DKK 30 million to 60 million each. The total budget is up to DKK 480 million.

The Programme gives exceptional researchers the possibility to establish smaller, collaborative centres with a unifying vision and mission on a research topic within biomedicine or biotechnology

Research must be in-depth, but the subject can be cross-disciplinary, and should not be considered limited to any particular research methodology or discipline.

To ensure that the best project proposals and research teams are considered, the Foundation awards the grants through calls for applications in open competition. A specially created expert committee assesses the applicants. The projects must be based at a Danish university, hospital or other non-profit research organization.

The Challenge Programme was established by the Foundation in 2013 with the first grants awarded the year after.