What You Can Apply For

Application Options and Deadlines

The aim of Lundbeckfonden’s grant allocation activities is to further research of the highest international standard, primarily in biomedical sciences. Projects in natural sciences that have a distinct biomedical focus and research content belong to this category.

We also grant funding for projects in science education and communication.

Funding SchemeDeadlineResult Announced
Lundbeckfonden PostdocsNext deadline: 27 November 2018 at 1.00 pm CET (GMT+1)

Latest closed deadline: 3 May 2018 at 1.00 pm CET (GMT+1)
April 2019


October 2018
Lundbeckfonden FellowNext deadline: 13 December 2018 at 1.00 pm CET (GMT+1)

Latest closed deadline: December 21, 2017 at 1 p.m. CET (GMT+1)
June 2019
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May 2018
Lundbeckfonden Ascending InvestigatorsNext deadline: Week 18, 2019 (will be updated)October 2019
Lundbeckfonden ProfessorsNext deadline: Week 5, 2019 (will be updated)November 2019
Visiting ProfessorshipsApplications can be submitted continuouslyWithin 6 weeks
Stipends for Sabbatical LeaveApplications can be submitted continuouslyWithin 6 weeks
Travel StipendsApplications can be submitted continuouslyWithin 3-4 month
Lundbeckfonden Pre-Graduate ScholarshipsPlease study the call textStudy the call text
Lundbeckfonden & NIH BRAIN InitiativeNext deadline: 13 November 2018 1.00 pm CET (GMT+1)

Latest closed deadline: 4 June 2018 1.00 pm CET (GMT+1)
App. 4 months after the deadline
Lundbeckfonden International Neuroscience ProgrammeNext deadline: 13 November 2018 1.00 pm CET (GMT+1)

Latest closed deadline: 4 June 2018 1.00 pm CET (GMT+1)
App. 4 months after the deadline
Lundbeckfonden Young Scientist PrizeLatest closed deadline: 14 June 2018 at 1.00 pm CET (GMT+1)October 2018
Lundbeckfonden Talent PrizesLatest closed deadline: 14 June 2018 at 1.00 pm CET (GMT+1)October 2018
Science Education and CommunicationUnder revision. We do not handle e-mails presenting project ideas.

Latest closed deadline: June 1, 2017 at 1 PM
Thematic Call 2018: How do we best advance personalised medicine for brain diseases?Closed deadline: 19 April 2018 at 1.00 pm CET (GMT+1)Ultimo 2018
Thematic Call 2018: What causes brain disease?Closed deadline: 22 March 2018 at 1.00 pm CET (GMT+1)Ultimo 2018
Lundbeck Foundation Postdocs
Lundbeck Foundation Fellowships
Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigator
Lundbeck Foundation Professors
Visiting Professorships
Stipends for Sabbatical Leave
Travel Stipends
Lundbeckfonden Pre-Graduate Scholarships
Lundbeckfonden International Neuroscience Programme
Lundbeckfonden & NIH BRAIN Initiative
Lundbeckfonden Young Scientist Prize
Lundbeckfonden Talent Prizes
Science Teaching and Communication
Lundbeckfonden Thematic Call 2018: How do we best advance personalised medicine for brain diseases?
Lundbeckfonden Thematic Call 2018: What causes Brain Disease?

Lundbeck Foundation Postdocs

Lundbeckfonden’s vision is to create a better life through new knowledge. The aim of the foundation’s grants is to make a significant contribution towards increasing the quality and the usability of all research-based knowledge and experience gained in the field of biomedical and health 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.

Therefore, the foundation awards Postdoctoral fellowships for free and independent biomedical and health sciences research of the highest standard.

The term ‘biomedical and health science’ is used here in its broadest sense, since there are many adjacent fields of research which, traditionally, belong to other classical faculties (particularly natural science and technical science) but, to an increasing extent, help steer the field of biomedicine towards new breakthroughs in knowledge and treatment. Consequently, research in technical and natural sciences with subject matter that addresses biomedical and health issues is treated as biomedical and health science research.

Please read the Call text.

You apply via the Foundation’s application system. Please note that the application form is not yet available but will be at 1st October 2018 at the latest.

Lundbeck Foundation Fellowships

Lundbeckfonden’s vision is to create a better life through new knowledge. The aim of the foundation’s grants is to make a significant contribution towards increasing the quality and the usability of all 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 fellowships are granted to outstanding and promising young researchers who are establishing or expanding their own research groups at Danish research institutions. This applies both to Danish researchers and to researchers from abroad who wish to move to Denmark and continue their research here. The invitation is also open to applicants from Danish universities and university hospitals. 

The application should concern biomedicine, or science with a clear biomedical perspective.

Fellowships are awarded for five years and each fellowship amounts to DKK 10 million (approx. EUR 1.3 million).

You can read more about our fellowship programme here and read the latest call text here.

You apply via the Foundation’s application system. Please note that the application form is not yet available but will be at 1st October 2018 at the latest.

Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators

Lundbeck Foundation’s vision is to create better lives through new knowledge. We wish our grants to make a significant contribution to increasing research-based knowledge and experience in the field of biomedical and health 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 in these fields. Lundbeck Foundation believes that diversity strengthens science and for this reason diversity, including, but not limited to, gender and ethnic origin, is encouraged. It is therefore important that we receive applications from as many qualified scientists as possible, from all backgrounds.

The purpose of this grant instrument is to support established and talented biomedical scientists at Danish non-commercial research institutions and to further develop their careers and potentially make a significant contribution to biomedical science.

We expect you to be an experienced researcher and to have already established your own research field and demonstrated the ability to conduct original research at a high international level, typically an associate professor on the permanent staff at a university or an equivalent post at a university hospital in Denmark (klinisk lektor / forskningslektor / seniorforsker). Researchers should have a track record of significant and excellent research achievements over the past five to ten years and must have obtained their PhD no more than 15 years ago (rules for leave of absence apply – se Call text). We welcome applications from Danish-based researchers and researchers from abroad who wish to move to Denmark and continue their research here.

Please read the Call text.

You apply via the Foundation’s application system. Please note that the application form is not yet available.

Lundbeck Foundation Professors

Lundbeck Foundation’s vision is to create better lives through new knowledge. We wish our grants to make a significant contribution to increasing research-based knowledge and experience in the field of biomedical and health 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 in these fields. Lundbeck Foundation believes that diversity strengthens science and for this reason diversity, including, but not limited to, gender and ethnic origin, is encouraged. It is therefore important that we receive applications from as many qualified scientists as possible, from all backgrounds.

The purpose of the Lundbeck Foundation professorship programme is to support the development of a research environment centred on an internationally recognised scientist and research leader in order to advance ground-breaking research. We expect the Lundbeck Foundation Professor to make significant contributions to research and, at the same time, develop and mentor junior researchers.

We expect you to be a researcher qualified to the level of full professor and to have demonstrated excellent research leadership. We welcome internationally recognised researchers with a track record of significant and excellent achievements over the past ten years.

Please read the Call text.

You apply via the Foundation’s application system. Please note that the application form is not yet available.

Visiting Professorships

Danish biomedical research groups can apply for funding to attract foreign guest researchers at the professor level to Denmark for 2-6 months.

Lundbeckfonden will fund each Visiting Professorship with max. DKK 750,000. The duration of the stay in Denmark must be between 2-6 months and stays of shorter or longer duration will not be considered. Lundbeckfonden encourages you as the host to clarify salary and relevant conditions for the visiting professor, specifically tax regulations, in collaboration with your institution before submitting your application.

The application must include an explanation of the visiting professor’s scientific qualifications including a CV and publication list, research plan for the stay in Denmark, budget and justification of how he/she will strengthen research at the applying institution/department.

The application form should be filled out by biomedical research leaders at Danish universities/university hospitals and submitted via the Foundation’s electronic application system. Applications will be processed within 3-4 weeks.

Please address any questions to: application@lundbeckfonden.com

Lundbeckfonden’s stipends for sabbatical leave for research in biomedical sciences

Lundbeckfonden awards stipends for sabbatical leave for Danish-based researchers in clinical, translational and basic biomedical sciences with a minimum 5-year tenure at the same Danish university, university hospital or other research institution as associate professor, consultant, senior researcher or professor. The aim of the stipend is to ensure that research directors are able to focus fully on their research during a consecutive period of secondment at a foreign institution.

Lundbeckfonden funds each stipend with a maximum of DKK 500,000. The secondment abroad must be for a duration of two to six months, as secondments of shorter or longer duration will not be subsidised.

The application must include a description of the applicant’s scientific qualifications, including a CV and list of publications, a research plan for the secondment abroad, a budget and a statement explaining how the sabbatical may help strengthen the research at the applicant’s Danish institution/department. The applicant must be able to be released from his or her duties (teaching, clinic, laboratory work, etc., but not PhD supervision) during the period. The application must include a statement by the applicant’s superior on the terms of the sabbatical leave and an acceptance by the institution to be visited.

You apply via the Foundation’s application system and applications will be processed within 3-4 weeks.

Please address any questions to: application@lundbeckfonden.com

Travel Stipends

Lundbeckfonden places a high priority on active participation in focused meetings and conferences outside Denmark. Applications will only be accepted when sent before the event has taken place. They should include a recommendation from a senior scientist, as well as documentation that entries/abstracts have been received by the organizers of the meeting.

Applications cannot be made for more than DKK 50.000,-

Ph.D. students’ travel expenses are included in the Ph.D. tuition fees. Consequently, applications for grants to cover Ph.D. students’ travel expenses to conferences should justify this.

Support from the Foundation for the post graduate education of nurses, midwives and therapeutic assistants and research candidates by these groups are applied for and awarded via the Danish University Hospitals’ Centre for Nursing and Healthcare Research: www.ucsf.dk.

Lundbeckfonden Pre-Graduate Scholarships

Lundebeckfonden’s pre-graduate scholarships are granted via the following scientific societies:

Dansk psykiatrisk selskab has via Professor Merete Nordentoft (merete.nordentoft@regionh.dk) been awarded 15 of Lundbeckfonden scholarships – information about the application procedure and deadlines can be found on www.dpsnet.dk and phd-psychiatry.ku.dk

Dansk neurologisk selskab has via Consultant Mads Ravnborg been awarded ten of Lundbeckfonden scholarships – information about the application procedure and deadlines can be found on www.neuro.dk

Neurokirurgisk selskab has via Professor Jens Christian Hedemann Sørensen been awarded three of Lundbeckfonden scholarships – information about the application procedure and deadlines can be found on www.DNKS.dk

Dansk selskab for klinisk neurofysiologi has via Consultant Benedikte Wanscher been awarded three of Lundbeckfonden scholarships – information about the application procedure and deadlines can be found at www.DNKS.dk

Drug Research Academy has via Professor Hans Bräuner-Osborne been awarded three of Lundbeckfonden scholarships – information about the application procedure and deadlines can be found at www.dra.ku.dk

The research field within general practice has via Professor Martin Bach Jensen been awarded five of Lundbeckfonden scholarships – information about the application procedure and deadlines can be found at www.almenmedicin.aau.dk

The Lundbeck Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship Program has via D.Sc., MPH, Kala Mehta been awarded four to six of Lundbeckfonden scholarships – information about the application procedure and deadlines can be found at lfcrf.org

Lundbeckfonden is calling for applications that will facilitate international collaboration for Danish neuroscience.

Who can apply?
You are eligible to apply if:
• you have obtained a PhD degree and want to work as a postdoctoral fellow at a foreign research institution within the field of neuroscience.
• you are an experienced researcher and plan to carry out a research project at a foreign research institution within the field of neuroscience.
• you are an experienced internationally recognized neuroscientist and want to come to Denmark to work with a neuroscience group at a Danish university or university hospital.

Please note that with “foreign” in the list above is meant both in and out of Denmark activities.

Within a six month period, you can not apply for both a PhD scholarship or a postdoctoral grant under this neuroscience programme and Lundbeck Foundation’s regular PhD scholarship or postdoctoral scholarship program. This means that you have to decide which instrument to apply for if you have the opportunity for both.

Which proposals are eligible?
Your application should concern frontline biomedical research within the field of neuroscience and be carried out at an internationally recognized research institution.

Please read the call.

Lundbeckfonden & NIH BRAIN Initiative

Lundbeckfonden and NIH believe that the ambitious goals of the BRAIN Initiative can best be attained by collaboration across disciplinary boundaries as well as geographic boundaries. The new partnership will allow researchers at Danish institutions to join ongoing as well as new BRAIN Initiative projects.

Supplemental Funding
Researchers at Danish institutions who are interested in participating in NIH BRAIN Initiative funded projects should contact the principal investigator of the NIH award to inquire if there is mutual interest in collaboration. If this is the case, a PI from a Danish institution can contact Lundbeckfonden for advice on how to apply for funding of the part of the project that will be performed in Denmark.

Matching Funding
In most of the NIH BRAIN Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcements, institutions outside the USA can participate either by submitting applications directly or as subcontractors in an application from an US institution. Researchers at Danish institutions who submit applications in either role in NIH BRAIN Initiative awards should contact Lundbeckfonden as the application is submitted to NIH if they are interested in having the award potentially co-funded by NIH BRAIN Initiative and Lundbeckfonden.

For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Engel, Head of Career & Talent Programmes by email: application@lundbeckfonden.dk. Subject line: NIH BRAIN Initiativee

Lundbeckfonden Young Scientist Prize

In 2001, Lundbeckfonden established a research prize for young researchers under the age of 40.

The prize, which is a personal award of DKK 300,000, is awarded once a year to a particularly promising scientist under the age of 40 who has conducted outstanding research in biomedicine sciences. The recipient must be conducting research at a Danish research institution at the time of the award.

Nominations are accepted from leading scientists at Danish universities or other research institutions.. Hence the prize cannot be applied for by the nominee. Previous nominees may be re-nominated as long as they still meet the criteria.

The recipient is chosen by Lundbeckfonden’s Research and Prize Committee.

Previous recipients of Lundbeckfonden Research Prize for Young Scientists.

Lundbeckfonden Talent Prizes

In 2001, Lundbeckfonden established a research prize for Young Researchers under the age of 40. Upon establishing this, the Foundation’s Research Prize Committee noted that a large number of nominated young researchers under the age of 30 had already made remarkable research contributions. Consequently, the Board of Trustees decided to award talent prizes for up to three particularly talented young scientists. The prizes were inaugurated in 2002 and are awarded annually. The board decided in 2014 to award up to five prizes.

Lundbeckfonden’s Talent Prize is dedicated to scientists under 30 who have conducted particularly promising research within the biomedical science. The prize is a personal award of DKK 100,000.

The prize cannot be applied for. Nominations are accepted from leading scientists at Danish universities or other research institutions. Previous nominees may be re-nominated as long as they still meet the criteria. The recipients must be conducting research at a Danish research institution at the time of the award.

The Research Council selects the recipients in conjunction with external evaluators.

Previous recipients of Lundbeckfonden’s Talent Prizes.

Science Teaching and Communication

We have decided to give this funding instrument a strategic review.

This means that we do not currently accept new applications or expressions of interests.

We expect to announce a description of the revised strategy during the first six months of 2019 including what types of projects we will support in the future.

Background
The Lundbeck Foundation has a special focus on the brain. This means that the brain is the target of a considerable proportion of our Grant activities and, for this reason, this year’s two thematic calls for research proposals focus specifically on brain disease.

How do we best advance personalised medicine for brain diseases?
Some patients with brain diseases benefit greatly from their treatment; in others it does not work as intended. A better understanding of the underlying mechanisms will enable both more precise diagnoses and more effective treatment.

With this thematic call for proposals, the Lundbeck Foundation is therefore inviting all scientists who focus on personalised medicine to apply for funding for projects that will help us understand how research on personalised medicine may improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the brain and nervous system.

We encourage applicants to take an interdisciplinary approach and to submit projects involving collaboration of research teams across disciplinary and national boundaries to answer the scientific questions.

This call for proposals is divided into two categories:

• Thematic projects up to DKK 10 million
• Thematic alliances for up to between DKK 30 and 50 million

Projects must not last longer than five years.

Please read the call.

Background
The Lundbeck Foundation has a special focus on the brain. This means that the brain is the target of a considerable proportion of our Grant activities and, for this reason, this year’s two thematic calls for research proposals focus specifically on brain disease.

What causes brain disease?
We still know far too little about the interaction between cells and molecules when the healthy brain falls ill.

With this thematic call for proposals, the Lundbeck Foundation is therefore inviting all scientists who focus on diseases of the human brain, spinal cord and nervous system to apply for funding for projects that will provide deeper insights into the cellular and molecular processes that lead to brain disorders.

We encourage applicants to take an interdisciplinary approach and to submit projects involving collaboration of research teams across disciplinary and national boundaries to answer the scientific questions.

This call for proposals is divided into two categories:

• Thematic projects up to DKK 10 million
• Thematic large projects up to between DKK 15 and 20 million

Projects must not last longer than five years.

Please read the call.