Novo Nordisk Project Grants for Research in Art History


The purpose of this grant is to give talented researchers within art history the opportunity to carry out research projects of high academic quality that can make a significant contribution to the field of art history in Denmark.

Research Field

Project proposals can address art history research within all time periods from prehistoric to modern times in a Danish or International context. The project proposal must demonstrate academic relevance for the research environment at the Danish host institution.

Projects within architecture and design will be taken into consideration, if the applicant sufficiently accounts for the project’s relevance for the visual arts. The Foundation does not support projects within preservation or archeology.


The applicant must work within the field of art history research and be anchored at a university, museum or other knowledge institution in Denmark (administrating host institution) during the grant period. The project must involve significant research activity and be feasible at the host institution throughout the duration of the project period. The application must have one lead applicant, who is the primary grant recipient. However, the project grants are also open to one or more co-applicants who contribute academically to the project and who will receive a financial share of the grant as detailed in the application. The eligibility requirements also apply to co-applicants. An applicant may submit only one application for a specific purpose/project per calendar year.


A total of DKK 3 million is available for funding of research projects of a duration of 1, 2 or 3 years within the frame of DKK 100,000 – 2,000,000.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for large scale collaborative research projects and to make use of the 3 years available for this grant, allowing time to conduct thorough research.

In case NNF receives a large number of qualified applications for large scale, collaborative projects, it is possible to expand the total grant budget to up to DKK 5 million.

Assessment Criteria

The Foundation’s Committee on Research in Art & Art history will evaluate the applications based on the following criteria.

  • Originality, quality and methodology;
  • Academic qualifications of the applicant;
  • Feasibility of the project, including relevance of project for research environment at host institution; and
  • Eligibility and merit of any co-applicants.

Application Process

It is important that applicants carefully read the “Information and Guidelines for Applicants”, before initiating the application process, as this document contains the complete call as well as detailed instructions for the application process.

The application must be completed and submitted using the foundation’s application system, which can be accessed from 24 October 2023. The application can be submitted in Danish or English.

Application date
1, 2 or 3 years
Humanities : Architecture and urbanism, Arts and Art history