Novo Nordisk

Call for Nominations
The 2022 edition of The Novo Nordisk Prize - Benefitting medical science#

Deadline: 1 June, 2021
Nomination form
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The 2022 Novo Nordisk Prize will recognize an active scientist for her/his excellent research, inspirational leadership and mentoring, leading to a major discovery or breakthrough in biomedical science. The prize is intended to award and further support biomedical research in Europe.

The Prize is of DKK 5 million (appr. EUR 672,000) and consists of a DKK 4,5 million (appr. EUR 605,000) research grant and a personal award of DKK 0,5 million (appr. EUR 67,000). The Foundation will grant an additional DKK 0,5 million for hosting an international symposium within the awardee's field(s) of research.

The Prize Committee will select awardees based on their scientific achievements and impact on the scientific community.

The Novo Nordisk Prize Awardee will be announced in Spring 2022.

Eligibility – Nominees:#

  • must demonstrate scientific excellence that has led to a major discovery or breakthrough in understanding of human health and disease, prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment of the disease.
  • must have a current position and an active research program at a public, non-profit or industrial research institution in a European country.
  • must serve as inspirational leaders and role models for young scientists.
  • may have any nationalities.

Please be aware that:#

  • Self-nominations are not accepted
  • Nominators cannot be family members
  • The prize may not be awarded to members of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Board or committee members or to Board members, directors or employees of the Novo Group.
  • The nomination and review processes are confidential.

Nominations must be submitted electronically at: 2022

Prize Lecture and Ceremony#

After official announcement of the Prize, the recipient gives a lecture at his/her workplace, sponsored by the Foundation. The Foundation’s collaborating partners and the recipient’s guests are invited to the prize ceremony in April or May, where the prize recipient introduces his or her research for 15–20 minutes. The ceremony takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark.

History of the Prize#

The prize, originally DKK 50,000, was first awarded on 16 February 1963. Since then, the amount awarded gradually increased. The prize was called the Novo Prize from 1963 until 1989, when it was renamed the Novo Nordisk Prize. Until 2020 the Prize was given for a Danish contribution. In 2020, it has been decided to change the geographical scope of the prize and from 2021 the prize will be awarded for a European contribution.


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