The Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) is inviting applications for its Pioneer Innovator Grant to accelerate the commercialisation of research findings and the development of novel technologies within sustainability or health.
Both areas of the Pioneer Innovator Grants seek to support novel academic science-based discoveries with commercial potential. The grant aims to stimulate the evaluation of ideas and to support experiments and activities leading to proof-of-concept or beyond.
Areas of support
- The Pioneer Innovator Grant Sustainability seeks to support innovative research within agriculture, food, industrial and environmental biotech, carbon capture, utilisation and storage technologies as well as nitrous oxide and methane emissions, and quantum technologies. The intent is to stimulate the evaluation of ideas that may lead to the development of new products or systems, devices and technological platforms in relation hereto. Particular focus will be placed on projects covering sustainable and high yielding agriculture, sustainable food for healthy diets, and climate change mitigation technologies to support the green transition.
- The Pioneer Innovator Grant Health seeks to support innovative research within med-tech, industrial biotech*, or pharma, and to stimulate the evaluation of ideas that for example could lead to the development of new medical treatment, disease prevention, diagnostic methods as well as new health technologies, devices and technological platforms. Particular focus will be placed on projects covering cardiometabolic diseases** as well as infectious diseases and preventive solutions hereto.
- The total grant budget is DKK 70 million in 2023, to cover both the Health and the Sustainability areas. Each granted project can receive a grant of up to DKK 1 million for one year.
- The research project must comprise a main applicant and has the option of including co-applicants when deemed relevant.
- The Main Applicant:
- The main applicant must be a faculty member, a researcher or a student employed at a university, hospital, or other research institution in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden).
- Co-applicants can be included in the project, but not required.
- Co-applicants may come from the same hosting institution as the main applicant or from different university, hospitals, or research institutions locally and abroad.
- Hosting Institution:
- A Pioneer Innovator Grant must be administered by a non-profit organization.
- A Pioneer Innovator Grant cannot be given to a company.
- Projects from incubator development programs and projects where IPR is owned by a university’s holding institution, are eligible to apply if:
- The administrating institution is the university
- The project and its findings are anchored in academia
- The project has not resulted in the establishment of a company (given company has not established a CVR/company number)
- The Main Applicant:
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