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Novo Nordisk Foundation Exploratory Pre-seed grants

2018.10.04 | Yvonne Eskildsen-Helmond

Novo Nordisk Foundation Exploratory Pre-seed grants

Deadline 04 october 2018


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.


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 10 million are available for the funding of up to 20 project grants per year. Each grant can be up to DKK 0.5 million.

Application rounds will be open in spring and fall.

DKK 5 million are earmarked for follow-up grants of up to DKK 500,000 for specific commercialization related activities.

Follow-up grants can be applied for through Novo Seeds once the project has obtained an Exploratory Pre-seed Grant.

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Funding opportunities
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