Ascending Investigator Grants for Research

Novo Nordisk Foundation

Relevent Country: Norway

Type of work: Research and Survey

The Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) is accepting applications for its Ascending Investigator Grants for Research within Plant Science, Agriculture and Food Biotechnology 2023.


  • The Novo Nordisk Foundation wishes to make significant contributions to the sustainability of society and the environment. The Ascending Investigator grants support the continued development and consolidation of excellent research leaders within plant science, agriculture and food biotechnology in the Nordic countries.
  • The proposed research should address major challenges within plant, agricultural, and food science associated with developing sustainable agriculture and food production. The research should be fundamental in character with a clear and strategic outlook to improve sustainability and potential solutions. The proposed research should significantly extent existing knowledge beyond state-of-the-art and may have a high-risk profile. The research should be based on life science research disciplines.


Non-exclusive list of prioritized areas:

  • Development of plants with high productivity, resiliency, and resource-use-efficiency for food, fiber, materials, fuel and energy, chemicals, or climate change mitigation
  • Utilization of microorganisms to improve sustainability across the value chain from primary agricultural production to end-product
  • Development of agricultural-, food-, and forestry systems with higher productivity, circularity, and biodiversity, and with minimum impact on environment and climate
  • Development of plant-, microorganism-, and fungi-based foods with low resource-use-technologies and high functionality, organoleptic, and nutritional quality
  • Utilization of precision fermentation, fungi, algae, and cellular agriculture for novel food production
  • Development of methods and technologies, including those driven by data science, that enable and support sustainable agriculture and food production.

Funding Information

  • Grants can support research activities for a total budget of up to DKK 10 million over a 5-year grant period.
  • Grant funding is available for:
  • Salary for the applicant.
  • Salary for employees.
  • PhD tuition fee.
  • Operating expenses.
  • Bench fee.
  • Equipment.
  • Conferences participation.
  • Travel.
  • Publication costs.
  • Direct administrative expenses.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Faculty members and researchers at the associate professor level or with similar qualifications (e.g. senior assistant professor or senior researcher) with an independent research program at a university or other non-profit research institution in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden are eligible to apply for the Ascending Investigator grant.