The Novo Nordisk UK Research Foundation

25 August 2022

Application forms for 2023 awards are now available on the website to download.

Please refer to the new Information for Applicants which can be found on the About us Page

For 2023 NNUKRF and JDRF have agreed a joint funding for Fellowships focusing on type 1 diabetes, subject to review and approval by both Foundations.

4 January 2022
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year.
Thank you to everyone who has applied for a Research Fellowship or Grant with the Foundation, these are undergoing review and applicants will hear from us shortly.

We are still open for Fund applications, the deadline for these is 2 February 2022.

27 September 2021
Please visit 'about us' to see the new copy of our Policies and Guidelines.

13 September 2021
– applications for 2022 now open.

5 August 2021

Are you thinking of applying for a course in 2022?
Some feedback from a recent Fund award recipient:

I am currently a Clinical Governance Manager / Senior Retinopathy Grader/ Slit lamp Practitioner  working  in the NHS for the Birmingham Solihull and the Black Country Diabetic Eye Screening Programme.(DESP).  The Novo Nordisk UK Research Foundation kindly helped to fund my MSc in Applied Health Sciences at the Medical School University of Warwick back in 2010 and more recently funded my OPT 025  Medical Retina Module for  Cardiff University. Without this research educational grants my Post graduate qualifications would not have been possible. I now have even greater Kudos and Clinical knowledge to empathise and understand my patients pathology and their clinical referral pathways   I even lecture  4th year medical students Diabetic Eye Disease from the University of Birmingham. It’s been quite a journey.  My favourite quote: “Life is not measured by the breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away”. 
David K. Roy MSc 
Clinical Governance Manager/ Senior Grader/ Slit Lamp Practitioner

7 June 2021
The Foundation are pleased to announce that all awards will be available again in 2022. Applications will open in September 2021, please visit our webiste for further details nearer the time.


20 January 2021 
Applications for Fellowships and Grants are now closed.
However the Fund award remain open until 1 February 2021.

23 November 2020 - Fellowship and Grant applications
A reminder that the deadline for preliminary Research Fellowship and Grant applications is fast approaching - deadline 10 December 2020.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Are you thinking of applying for a 2022 clinical project award?
Please see below from Freya an award winner in 2019.

The NovoNordisk UK Research Foundation project fund was used to support a group of young people with Type 1 diabetes (T1DM) to produce a short animation informing others about starting secondary school with T1DM in a fun, impactful and empowering way.  The young people also wanted the animation to increase understanding of T1DM and dispel common diabetes myths, for fellow pupils and teachers.  They believed this would help other young people living with T1DM making the journey into secondary school.   The animation has had thousands of views on social media, and many of the comments suggest that it is accessible and raises awareness of how T1DM can affect young people in schools.

Freya Brown, FEND Doctoral Research Fellow. King’s College London.




We are pleased to share some feedback from recipients of awards, we hope you are inspired to apply for funding.


Grant award made in 2018 :  The award has allowed us to investigate an automated closed-loop system for people with type 2 diabetes who require dialysis. Diabetes can be challenging to manage for people on dialysis as the amount of insulin required can be different each day. Our closed-loop system includes a glucose sensor, an App on a mobile phone and an insulin pump. The system automatically delivers insulin to keep the glucose in the target range. So far 11 people have used the closed-loop system and many say they prefer using it to their usual insulin injections and finger-stick glucose checks. We are looking forward to seeing if the closed-loop system improves glucose control too.

Charlotte Boughton, University of Cambridge





August 2022




Number of applications
Research Fellowship applications x 11
Grant applications x 29
Fund x tbc
Research Fellowship applications x 9,
1 successful
Grant applications x 28,
2 successful

Fund: clinical project applications x 4,
2 successful 
Fund: course of study applications x 8,
6 successful 

Fund: educational meeting applications x 1,
1 successful 


Research Fellowship = 16
Grant = 28
Fund clinical project = 12
Fund course of study = 12
Fund educational meeting = 8
Research Fellowship = 2
Grant = 19
Fund clinical project = 13
Fund course of study = 31
Fund educational meeting = 3  
Research Fellowship = 2
Grant = 39
Fund clinical project = 13
Fund course of study = 31
Fund educational meeting = 5
Research Fellowship = 3
Grant = 27
Fund clinical project = 3
Fund course of study = 22
Fund educational meeting = 2
Research Fellowship = 13
Grant = 14
Fund clinical project = 8
Fund course of study = 15
Fund educational meeting = 15