The primary purpose of the Start Package grant is to make Danish universities or other research institutions more competitive when recruiting top researchers of any nationality to time-unlimited research positions. The aim is also to enhance researcher mobility across borders, among Danish universities and from industry to university. The grant is intended to provide leverage for the hiring institution during contract negotiations and to accompany the offer of a time-unlimited position at the associate or full professor level at a Danish university/research institution. A start package grant will provide the host institute with funding that must be used in connection with the candidate’s establishment of an independent research group at the host institution. The research of the candidate should be ambitious and bring substantial value and/or novelty to a research field that has a strategic relevance to the recruiting research institution and be within the areas of support of the Novo Nordisk Foundation
Only applications submitted by the person with appointment authority at the recruiting institution will be considered for funding.
AREAS OF SUPPORT
The grant will support recruitment of researchers within the strategic key themes of the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s scientific grant-giving areas:
Biomedical and health science research and applications
Enable people to live healthier and better lives by facilitating research that advances knowledge of human health and disease, solves health challenges and develops the healthcare system.
- Basic biomedical research
- Translational biomedical research and technologies
- Clinical and epidemiological research
- Health-related data science
- Innovative therapies
- Coherence in health care
Life science research and industrial applications promoting sustainability
Act for and inspire the development of a more sustainable world by supporting research that translates into life science solutions to benefit people and the environment.
- Industrial biotechnology
- Plant science and agriculture
- Food biotechnology
- Environmental biotechnology and ecosystem research
- Sustainability and climate-mitigation related research
Natural and technical science research and interdisciplinarity
Catalyse natural and technical science research, particularly in fields with potential interdisciplinary application to the life and health sciences and industrial biotechnology.
- Interdisciplinary research rooted in the natural and technical sciences
- Quantum based technologies to solve complex and important problems in biology, chemistry, and medicine
- Data science research with focus on fundamental algorithms and interdisciplinary applications
- Technology for tomorrow’s medical science and applications
The grant is intended for excellent researchers to be employed as independent researchers in time-unlimited positions at the level of associate or full professors (or equivalent categories).
The total annual grant awarding budget is up to DKK 70 million.
For each grant, up to DKK 6 million can be awarded over a 4-year grant period for associate professors, and up to DKK 8 million can be awarded over a 4-year grant period for full professors.