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 Postdoc in DenmarkNext deadline: November 2018

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

October 2018
Lundbeckfonden International PostdocNext deadline: November 2018

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

October 2018
Lundbeckfonden FellowNext deadline: December 2018

Latest closed deadline: December 21, 2017 at 1 p.m. CET (GMT+1)
May 2019
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May 2018
Visiting ProfessorshipsApplications can be submitted continuouslyWithin 4-6 weeks
Stipends for Sabbatical LeaveApplications can be submitted continuouslyWithin 4-6 weeks
Travel StipendsApplications can be submitted continuouslyWithin 2-3 month
Lundbeckfonden Pre-Graduate ScholarshipsPlease study the call textStudy the call text
Lundbeckfonden & NIH BRAIN InitiativeLatest closed deadline: 4 June 2018 1.00 pm CET (GMT+1)App. 3-4 months after the deadline
Lundbeckfonden International Neuroscience ProgrammeLatest closed deadline: 4 June 2018 1.00 pm CET (GMT+1)App. 3-4 months after the deadline
Lundbeckfonden Young Scientist Prize14 June 2018 at 1.00 pm CET (GMT+1)October 2018
Lundbeckfonden Talent Prizes14 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
Thematic Call 2017: Inflammation and the development of central and peripheral nervous system diseaseClosed deadline: March 1, 2017

Ultimo 2017

Lundbeckfonden PhD ScholarshipsLatest closed deadline: 3 May 2018 at 1.00 pm CET (GMT+1)October 2018
Lundbeckfonden Running CostsLatest closed deadline: 3 May 2018 at 1.00 pm CET (GMT+1)October 2018
Lundbeckfonden Postdoc in Denmark
Lundbeckfonden International Postdoc
Fellowships
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?
Lundbeckfonden Thematic Call 2017
Lundbeckfonden PhD Scholarships
Lundbeckfonden Running Costs

Lundbeckfonden Postdoc in Denmark

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 at Danish research institutions.

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.

How do you apply?
As a future postdoc, you are the main applicant and you can apply for funds for an independent research project or a well-defined sub-project of a major research project if:

  • You have obtained a ph.d. degree or will obtain it within six months after the application deadline
  • Your project is related to health and biomedical sciences
  • Your project has a duration of up to three years.

Postdoctoral fellowships are for a fixed amount. You will find the annual amount in the application form. This covers salaries and a contribution towards running costs. You can also apply for partial cover if your project is co-financed. However, the application to Lundbeckfonden must mainly cover salary.

You may not submit more than one application for the May 2018 deadline. If you received a rejection from the foundation to a “Postdoc in Denmark” application for the November 2017 deadline, you cannot apply again before autumn 2018.

Your application will be evaluated based on the originality and quality of the application’s scientific content, your qualifications as an applicant and the quality of the academic environment where you will be conducting your research.

You apply via the Foundation’s application system.

Lundbeckfonden International Postdoc

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 International 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.

How do you apply?
As a future postdoc, you are the main applicant, and you can apply for funds for an independent research project if:

  • You have obtained a ph.d. degree or will obtain it within six months after the application deadlin
  • Your project is related to health and biomedical sciences
  • Your project has a duration of up to three years
  • Your grant will be administered by a Danish institution
  • Your project has a duration of two to three years of which a minimum of 18 months must be outside of Denmark
  • You have identified and entered into an agreement with an international research environment on secondment to an overseas research institution

Fellowships are for a fixed amount of DKK 700.000 per year and covers all relevant, direct costs of the project. Please note that Lundbeckfonden does not provide advice on tax.

You may not submit more than one application for the May 2018 deadline. If you received a rejection from the foundation to a “Postdoc Abroad” application for the November 2017 deadline, you cannot apply again before autumn 2018.

Your application will be evaluated based on the originality and quality of the application’s scientific content, your qualifications as an applicant and the quality of the academic environment where you will be conducting your research.

You apply via the Foundation’s application system.

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 fellowships are intended for researchers who have received their PhD degree within the last four to eight years, as of the deadline 21st December 2017, and are qualified to establish or develop their own research groups.

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.

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 on 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 on www.dra.ku.dk

The research field within general practice has via Professor Martin Bach Jensen been awarded five of Lundbeckfonden scholarships – link to the application procedure and the application system.

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 on 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 Master’s degree and want to work as a PhD student at a foreign research institution within the field of neuroscience.
• 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 in the autumn of 2018 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.

Lundbeckfonden Thematic Calls

Inflammation and the development of central and peripheral nervous system disease

Background
In May 2016, Lundbeckfonden held a workshop to identify the most pertinent research areas in the field of biomedicine. At the workshop, leading Danish researchers and research administrators discussed emerging trends and areas in which increased Danish research efforts could be expected to have notable impact. Input from the workshop was taken into account when the foundation’s board of trustees defined the following two themes for Lundbeckfonden’s strategic grants in the coming years:

⦁ Increased understanding of disease mechanisms and improved prevention of disease
⦁ Development of new and more precise diagnostics and treatments

The Call for proposals
In respect of the theme “Increased understanding of disease mechanisms and improved prevention of disease”
Lundbeckfonden calls for proposals adressing “Inflammation and the development of central and peripheral nervous system disease.”

The aim of these grants is to encourage cross-disciplinary projects on which independent, well-established research teams work together to tackle scientific problems that require a collaborative effort to be solved effectively.

Lundbeckfonden requests proposals in two categories:
– Large thematic projects, amounting to DKK 10-15 million or
– Thematic research alliances, amounting to DKK 20-30 million. These must involve at least two collaborating partners at different research institutions.

Project duration is between three and five years. The budget may include all staff and non-staff costs related to the project. International collaboration is encouraged, and a portion of the funding may be allocated to international collaborators.

The deadline for proposals are 1 March 2017.

Please study the call for additional information. Applications must be submitted through the foundation’s application system.

Lundbeckfonden PhD Scholarships

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 PhD scholarships for free and independent biomedical and health sciences research of the highest standard at Danish research institutions.

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.

How do you apply?
As a future PhD student, you are the main applicant. You are only eligible to apply if you already hold a Master’s degree or if you gain your Master’s degree no later than six months after the application deadline. The foundation stipulates that you must be registered as PhD student at a university.

In order to ensure that you receive the best possible support and guidance during your PhD programme, the foundation requires your intended supervisor to be co-applicant on the application. Please indicate clearly who is your main supervisor in the application.

The scholarship amount depends on the collective agreement on which your employment is based. You will find the annual amount in the application form. This covers salary, tuition fees and a contribution towards running costs. You can also apply for partial cover if your project is co-financed. However, the application to Lundbeckfonden must mainly cover salary.

You may not submit more than one application for the May 2018 deadline. 

Your application will be evaluated based on the originality and quality of the application’s scientific content, your qualifications as an applicant and the quality of the academic environment where you will be conducting your research.

You apply via the Foundation’s application system.

Lundbeckfonden Running Costs

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 supports expenses for running costs at Danish research institutions.

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.

How do you apply?
As a supplement to grants that cover salaries for scientific staff and funds from Lundbeckfonden or other grant donors earmarked for running costs, you can apply for supplementary running costs (including TAP salary and minor equipment) of between DKK 100,000 and DKK 500,000. However, please note that you cannot apply for funds to cover scholarships.

As a minimum you have to be at the postdoc level in order to apply for Lundbeckfonden Running Costs.

You may not submit more than one application for the May 2018 deadline. 

Your application will be evaluated based on the originality and quality of the application’s scientific content, your qualifications as an applicant and the quality of the academic environment where you will be conducting your research.

You apply via the Foundation’s application system.