About The Lundbeck Foundation


The Lundbeck Foundation is one of Denmark’s largest commercial foundations, worth over DKK 65 billion, and we award research grants of more than DKK 500 million each year to Danish-based, biomedical sciences research – primarily in the field of brain research.

We are the largest private financial contributor to Danish public brain research, and we have an ambition for Denmark to be the world’s leading brain research nation. At the same time, we focus on raising public awareness of the brain and brain disorders.

Our aim is to promote the careers of the most promising scientists and help fund a strong pipeline of biomedical science researchers, regardless of their field of research. For us, this involves both improving the quality of and interest in science teaching in primary and secondary schools and ensuring that our career advancement grants target where the need is greatest on the career ladder.

The Lundbeck Foundation’s commercial activities encompass three large subsidiaries, an international portfolio of 18 venture capital companies, a portfolio of small biotech companies based on Danish university research and in-house administration of assets of around DKK 19 billion.


The Lundbeck Foundation aims to be open about its policy goals, methods for meeting these goals and its partners. The Foundation is in the process of developing a new strategy and, for this reason, we are not able at this point (September 2020) to upload comprehensive information to our website. It is standard procedure to evaluate public affairs activities annually in order to ensure correlation between goals and resources.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact Margrethe Nabe-Nielsen, Head of Public Affairs, by writing to mnn@lundbeckfonden.com or calling +45 28 55 57 29.


The Lundbeck Foundation’s history goes back over 65 years. The Foundation was established in 1954 by Grete Lundbeck, a visionary businesswoman and widow of the founder of H. Lundbeck A/S, Hans Lundbeck. Over the years, she donated the shares she had inherited from her husband to the Foundation and, when she died in 1965, the Foundation was sole heir to her assets.

The Lundbeck Foundation was formally established on 4 March 1954, when Grete Lundbeck, as the majority shareholder and chair of the board of directors, signed the trust deed. A trust deed is a charter that lays down the rules for the foundation’s financial and legal affairs.

Lundbeckfonden statutes was revised 1991 when the foundation merged with the Grete and Hans Lundbeck Trust (Legat).



Lundbeck Foundation launches large-scale campaign to raise awareness of brain prize
23. February 2021
Grant worth 75 million DKK for neuroscience in Aarhus
9. February 2021
Brain stimulation to relieve symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
25. January 2021