International Innovation Project - 2IP - Novo Nordisk Foundation


Trainings & Fellowships

Location (s):

  • United States of America
Silicon Valley


In order to encourage Danish students and young Danish researchers to commercialize their research, to spin out companies from universities, and to make their discoveries into valuable solutions, the International Innovation Project (2IP) Program sponsored by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, will give 5 talented life science students the opportunity to learn and practice these disciplines in Silicon Valley.


The Danish research and life science scene is strong and well developed, and the high-level universities and Danish educational system are contributing greatly to this.

Every day, young scientists are making great discoveries, they are finding new ways to diagnose diseases and they contribute to understanding and fighting diseases. However, the Danish life science and research scene is focused mainly on research – and less on commercializing.


  • Improve student education in life science in Denmark and increase the international mobility of Danish students within life science, medical technology/device, computer science, engineering and other related fields 
  • Give Danish students an explicit chance to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship from “the inside” that can benefit them later in their carriers
  • Increase the number of students entering research with a commercial and innovative focus in Denmark to enhance and encourage scientists to “bring results to the market”
  • Provide Danish students with a unique experience of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley.


The 2IP program will enroll 5 top talented students from Danish universities in a 5-months research project in a Silicon Valley-based start-up company in the field of life science or engineering

  • 5 months research project in a Silicon Valley-based start-up company in either the fall (Aug - Dec) or spring (Feb - Jun) semester
  • Entrepreneurial sessions with speakers and workshop around the topic on how to move from "lab to market"
  • Interaction and networking with entrepreneurs
  • All travel, housing and insurance costs covered
  • A monthly stipend covering living expenses
  • Help obtaining visa
  • Full support to “hit the ground running”
  • 5 fantastic months in the beautiful and sunny Bay Area, in California 


The scientific projects will be 5 independent projects in 5 independent start-up companies in Silicon Valley.

The scientific projects will be designed to fit a 5-month period and will all include scientific content and research at, at least, Master level.

The projects will all be designed to accommodate the Danish universities’ requirements for 30 ECTS points company/research project. All projects will have a life science/health focus, but can be in very different areas – and the requirements/skills of the companies’ desired candidate can vary, too. It is the students own responsibility to get approval of credits, neither the Fellowship Program nor the Novo Nordisk Foundation can be involved in obtaining academic credit.


  • Motivation to apply, short about you and which projects you are interested in
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts from BA and Master
  • A 2-3 minutes video pitch: Must include who you are, why you are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, and why you are the right candidate.  

If you have any questions you are welcome to contact the program manager; Josefine Strandgaard at +1 650 720 25 88,

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:


  • Talented and ambitious students interested in learning about and experiencing how to bring research “from lab to the market”
  • Students studying any discipline within life science or any related field, including computer science, engineering and data science
  • Students from a Danish university that is fully enrolled (or about to be enrolled) at a the Masters-level (“kandidat”)
  • Students excited and able to live in California for 5 months


Deadline: September 30, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:

  • All travel, housing and insurance costs covered
  • A monthly stipend covering living expenses
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