Investigator Grant in Art History Research 2017, Novo Nordisk Fonden, Denmark

Publish Date: Dec 14, 2016

Deadline: Jan 18, 2017


The Novo Nordisk Foundation wishes to give the most talented researchers within art history the best conditions to carry out dedicated, high level research for a longer period thus leading to a substantial contribution to art history research in Denmark.


Applicants must work within the field of art history research and be anchored at a university, museum or other knowledge institution in Denmark for the entire grant period.

Applicants can be permanently employed at the knowledge institution or not yet have obtained permanent employment.

Applicants must be at a postdoctoral, senior researcher, assistant/associate professor or professor level and have carried out documented, independent and significant research.

Research Field

Research projects can address all eras within art history from prehistoric to modern times and art history in a broad sense, meaning paintings, architecture, sculpture, performance, bio-art, photo, digital art, etc., in a Danish or International context.


Two grants each at a level of DKK 1 million per year for a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years are available for funding. Grant funding is available for salary, operating expenses and direct project costs.

Project applications for a duration of less than 2 years will not be considered.

You must clearly indicate in the application whether you are applying for funding of a 2-, 3- or 4-year project and whether there are co-applicants. Any co-applicants must be listed in the application with name, affiliation, a short CV and a description of how the co-applicants will contribute to the project.

Grant funding is available for:


  • Applicant’s own salary (for applicants that do not have a permanent employment). Permanent employees can apply for salary funding for a substitute to carry out all or some of the applicant’s work tasks during the grant period, however, in accordance with the existing rules at the host institution.
  • Salary for co-applicants
  • Salary for academic and/or technical assistants

Operating expenses: direct costs for expenditures, including books, visits to museums, access to archives, computer and other equipment, etc.

Conferences and research trips: Expenses related to travel for research stays abroad and participation in international conferences with direct relevance to the project

Publications: Costs related to publishing, translating and presentation of research results with direct origin in the project

Administration: Funding to cover administrative support MUST be included in the application, amounting to 5% of the grant budget that is applied for from the NNF.

The administrative support:

  • can cover non-scientific, administrative expenses in relation to the project, such as accounting, administration related to payment of salaries and purchasing, hiring, as well as auditing and financial reporting on the project
  • cannot cover administrative expenses that are not directly related to the project
  • can via the host institution be shared between the institutions of the main- and coapplicants, as detailed in the application budget
  • is not automatically included in the grant and MUST be stated/applied for in the application budget, but should not be specified in detail

Funding is not available for:

  • Installation and organization of art exhibitions
  • Costs solely for publication, printing or translation
  • Honorarium and travel costs for guest lectures at conferences/symposia
  • Salary for supervisors or mentors
  • Tuition fees
  • Overhead (e.g. rent, water, electricity, heating, maintenance)
  • Costs incurred prior to the start date of the project


The application can be written in either English or Danish.

Selection Process

The evaluation of applications will occur through expert peer review.

The review committee will pay particular attention to the following aspects of the project proposal:

  • Academic quality, research level and potential of the investigator grant proposal
  • Relevance and significance of the project proposal
  • Methodology and feasibility of the project
  • The research environment
  • Academic qualifications of the applicant and previous research results
  • Eligibility and merit of any co-applicants/collaborators

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 foundations application system.


Grant capital: DKK 8 million

Application system opens: 29 November 2016

Application deadline: 18 January 2017 at 16:00

Applicant notification date: Beginning of April 2017

Earliest possible start date: 1 May 2017

For more official information click "Further official information" below.

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