Novo Nordisk Foundation increases its focus on young talented researchers
The Novo Nordisk Foundation has significantly increased the number of grants awarded to young researchers. This increased focus on young talented researchers provides good development opportunities for young Danish researchers and assists Denmark’s universities in recruiting young talented researchers from other countries.
In 2019, the Novo Nordisk Foundation funded research-related work for almost 4,100 people. Of these, more than 2,300 were young researchers – an increase of 1,000 from 2018.
New analysis that measures the impact of projects for which the Foundation has awarded grants shows that the proportion of young researchers receiving research grants from the Foundation, including PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and assistant professors, increased from 47% in 2018 to 58% in 2019.
In recent years, the Foundation has established several programmes that target young researchers within various research fields. Grants under several of the programmes have not yet been awarded, and this means that the Foundation will focus even more intensely on the younger generations of researchers in the coming years.
“Supporting researchers who are starting their careers is an important priority for the Novo Nordisk Foundation because this group adds considerable creativity and energy that can provide new perspectives on research. We have launched several initiatives that target younger researchers in recent years, and I am pleased that this focus has begun to be reflected in our research grants,” says Thomas Alslev Christensen, Senior Vice President, Impact, Novo Nordisk Foundation.
Nurturing local talent and recruiting internationally
The Foundation supports researchers from Denmark and abroad who want to start a research group or begin their PhD studies in Denmark. This provides the opportunity to nurture local talent and to recruit young talented researchers from other countries at an early stage in their careers.
“A good mix of nurturing local talent and new inspiration from abroad helps to further develop Denmark’s strong public research sector. Research is largely based on international collaboration, and by enabling young researchers to increase their mobility, we can help to create better conditions for new breakthroughs in fields that are crucial to health, combating disease, sustainability and other goals,” says Thomas Alslev Christensen.
The Foundation’s research programmes targeting young researchers
Research Leader Programme – Emerging Investigator. The programme is aimed at young promising research leaders who want to establish or are in the process of establishing their own research group and research profile. Applications may be submitted for grants of up to DKK 10 million per project within the following research areas:
- Endocrinology and metabolism
- Biotechnology-based synthesis & production
- Clinical and translational medicine
- Bioscience and basic biomedicine
- Data science
New Exploratory Research and Discovery – NERD. The programme is open to researchers within the natural and technical sciences at any career stage after obtaining a PhD degree. Applications may be submitted for grants of up to DKK 10 million per project for a duration of up to 7 years.
Investigator Grant in Art History Research. The programme is open to researchers at the postdoctoral, senior researcher, assistant professor, associate professor or professor levels. Applications may be submitted for grants of up to DKK 4 million per project.
NNF Young Investigator Award. The programme is open to young international researchers within biomedicine or biotechnology who want to carry out research in Denmark. Applications may be submitted for grants of up to DKK 25 million per project.
- Nursing Research (up to DKK 2 million per project)
- Art History and Practice-based Artistic Research (up to DKK 2 million per project)
- Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme. The Foundation has supported the establishment of fully funded 4-year stays for international PhD students at one of four research centres at the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark.
- Nursing Research (up to DKK 2.2 million per project)
- Visiting Scholar/Visiting Postdoc Fellowships at Stanford Bio-X (up to DKK 4 million per project)
- Postdoc fellowship for research abroad – Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine (up to DKK 4 million per project)
- Mads Øvlisen Postdoc Fellowships (up to DKK 1.5 million per project)
About the Novo Nordisk Foundation
The Novo Nordisk Foundation is an independent Danish foundation with corporate interests. It has two objectives: 1) to provide a stable basis for the commercial and research activities of the companies in the Novo Group; and 2) to support scientific, humanitarian and social causes.
The vision of the Foundation is to contribute significantly to research and development that improves the lives of people and the sustainability of society. Since 2010, the Foundation has donated more than DKK 25 billion (€3.3 billion), primarily for research at public institutions and hospitals in Denmark and the other Nordic countries as well as research-based treatment and prevention of diabetes. Read more at www.novonordiskfonden.dk/en.