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Exploratory Pre-seed Grants - Nordic Countries

Deadline for applications: October 9 2015

31.08.2015 | Anders Esager

Dato tir 01 sep fre 09 okt
Tid 09:00    16:00


The exploratory pre-seed program is a stimulus fund established to accelerate commercialization of biomedical research findings and development of novel technologies within the life sciences. The goal
of an exploratory pre-seed grant is to stimulate entrepreneurship and to explore the potential of research findings at a very early stage (pre-seed), and to prepare the project for a full pre-seed grant at a later stage.

Areas of Support

The program seeks to support application-oriented research and to test new ideas that may lead to the development of new medical treatments, disease prevention, devices and diagnostic methods as well as new industrial biotechnology in the life science area.


The applicants can be faculty members, researchers and students based at universities, hospitals and other knowledge institutions in the Nordic countries. Projects from incubator development programs are also eligible.


DKK 5 million are available for the funding of:

  • Up to 10 project grants of up to DKK 0.5 million per year.

DKK 2 million are earmarked for:

  • Follow-up grants of up to DKK 200,000 for specific commercialization related activities. Projects aspiring for the additional budget should present supplementary motivation.

Application Process

The application must be completed and submitted using the internet-based application system, via www.novonordiskfonden.dk.
It is important to carefully read the “Information and guidelines for applicants”, accessed via the link below, before initiating the application process, as the “Information and guidelines for applicants” contains the complete call as well as usefull guidance regarding the internet-based application system.

Deadline for Applications

The application system opens September 1, 2015 and the deadline for applications is October 9, 2015 at 16:00, see www.novonordiskfonden.dk/en/content/exploratory-pre-seed-grants


Executive Assistant Pernille Risegaard by e-mail: pjri@novo.dk, or by phone: (+45) 35 27 66 03.

More information

Konference, Videnskabelig medarbejder, Institut for Biomedicin, Health, Teknisk/administrativ medarbejder, Offentligheden/Pressen, Ph.d.-studerende