For Applicants

What we fund

Lundbeckfonden’s vision to create a better life through new knowledge is supported by the Foundation’s award strategy. We wish our grants to make a significant contribution towards increasing the quality and the usability of the cumulative, research-based knowledge and experience gained in the field of biomedical sciences in Denmark. At the same time, our grants must help ensure that Denmark always has the best graduates and scientists at all career levels.

Lundbeckfonden grants DKK 400-500 million every year to research projects, primarily in the field of biomedical sciences, concerning basic, clinical applied and epidemiological research. Brain health is one of the Foundation’s key focus areas.

The term ‘biomedical sciences’ is used here in its broadest sense. Many adjacent fields of research which, traditionally, belong to other classical faculties (particularly natural science and technical science) are increasingly steering the field of biomedicine towards new breakthroughs in knowledge and treatment. Consequently, we treat research in technical and natural sciences with subject matter that addresses biomedical issues as biomedical sciences research.

Lundbeckfonden also wishes to stimulate the interest of children, young people, and the population in general, in sciences and research by funding projects on science education and research communication.

For further information on application opportunities and deadlines, see what you can apply for.

Applications and project proposals that are not submitted as a response to general advertisements and do not meet the deadlines in the foundation’s application system will be processed only on the consent of the foundation.

What we do not fund

Lundbeckfonden does not fund drug trials conducted, either wholly or partially, in collaboration with commercial enterprises. Consequently, the foundation only funds investigator-initiated trials conducted independently of industry, whose aim may be, for example, to investigate effects, side effects, prognostic factors or biomarkers.

Furthermore, we do no usually grant funds:

  • To cover expenses already defrayed on the date of application
  • For expenses to cover non project-related administration or overheads
  • For students and/or tuition fees
  • For passive participation in congresses
  • For travel for several persons from the same research unit or department
  • For other foundations and associations
  • For research projects in commercial companies