Exploratory pre-seed grants

The Exploratory Pre-seed Program is a stimulus fund established to accelerate commercialization of biomedical research findings and development of novel technologies within the life sciences.

The goal of an Exploratory Pre-seed Grant is to stimulate entrepreneurship and to explore the potential of research findings at a very early stage (pre-seed), and to prepare the project for a full pre-seed grant at a later stage.

Link to the call



The program seeks to support application-oriented research and to test new ideas that may lead to the development of new medical treatments, disease prevention, devices and diagnostic methods as well as new industrial biotechnology in the life science area.


The applicants can be faculty members, researchers and students based at universities, hospitals and other knowledge institutions in the Nordic countries.

Projects from incubator development programs are also eligible.


DKK 10 million are available for the funding of up to 20 project grants per year. Each grant can be up to DKK 0.5 million.

Application rounds will be open in spring and fall.

DKK 5 million are earmarked for follow-up grants of up to DKK 500,000 for specific commercialization related activities.

Follow-up grants can be applied for through Novo Seeds once the project has obtained an Exploratory Pre-seed Grant.


The application should be completed and submitted using the Foundation’s application system.

It is important to carefully read the Information and guidelines for applicants, accessed via the website, before initiating the application process, as this document contains the complete call, as well as detailed instructions for the application.

Application system opens: February 2, 2018

Application deadline: April 6, 2018 at 2pm

Announcement: Middle of June 2018

Published Jan. 26, 2018 11:56 AM - Last modified Jan. 26, 2018 11:56 AM