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Novo - Distinguished Investigator within endocrinology and metabolism

Deadline - 16th of January, 2024
Amount - 10 mio DKK for 5 years

Phone: +45 3527 6629 or +45 2061 4825
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Webpage: Novo Distinguished Investigator within endocrinology and metabolism

To promote Nordic research at the highest international level the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) seeks to support outstanding professors with ambitious projects within endocrinology and metabolism to understand the human organism and the mechanisms underlying health and disease at a basic and clinical level. NNF will award up to two grants.

The grant is for the outstanding professors who have demonstrated the ability to execute and lead research at the highest international level continuously through several years.

- Applicants must be professors (MSO included)
- Applicants may be experimental researchers or clinicians
- The projects of high international standard must be anchored at a hospital, university or other non-profit research institution (administrating host institution) in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden).
A full list of eligibility requirements is found in the ‘Information and guidelines for applicants’.

Research fields
The overall goal is to obtain new knowledge and better treatment or prevention of disease relevant to the human organism within the areas of endocrinology and metabolism, relating to cellular energy homeostasis, and hormonal disorders of the endocrine system.

Areas supported include research involving patients and/or clinical practice but could also include animal models, model organisms, cellular- or sub-cellular systems (with clear whole body relevance) as well as in silico analysis, with the overall purpose of solving challenges related to endocrinology and metabolism in health and disease. Please note that endocrinology is not restricted to diabetes. Research projects within all subfields of endocrinology, e.g. thyroid, reproduction, or bone and calcium metabolism can be supported.

Up to two 5-year grants, each of up to DKK 10 million, can be awarded, with DKK 2 million per year. The grants may be utilized for e.g. salary (not own) and consumables directly related to the project.

Application process
Applications must be completed and submitted using the foundation’s electronic application system, which will be available from November 4, 2019. The Committee on Endocrinology and Metabolism will assess the applications.