The Grundfos Prize
The purpose of the Grundfos Prize is to promote, acknowledge and support national and international research in ground-breaking and visionary solutions within engineering and science.

About the Grundfos Prize
The Grundfos Prize was established by the Poul Due Jensen Foundation in 2001 with the purpose of promoting, acknowledging and supporting national and international research and solutions, which are useful to society.

Since 2018, the Foundation has targeted young researchers under the theme “The Stars of Tomorrow”. The selection criteria are as follows:

  • Research area within technology/natural science
  • Significant research, recognized by peers, that breaks new ground
  • Research that creates, or lays the foundation for, results useful to society (e. significantly contributing towards reaching one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals)
  • Age limit: 40 years for men / 45 years for women (*)

The name of the winner is revealed in connection with the Grundfos Prize Ceremony on 11 November 2021. Read about last year’s prize winner.

(*) The age limit cut is on the day of the prize ceremony, i.e. if the nominee turns 41/46 before or on this date, he or she cannot receive the Grundfos Prize.

2020 winner: Dorthe Bomholdt Ravnsbæk, University of Southern Denmark

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The Grundfos Prize consists of the sculpture “Be-Think-Innovate” by artist Flemming Brylle and a cash payment of DKK 1 million, of which DKK 250,000 goes directly to the recipient of the prize, whilst the remaining DKK 750,000 is allocated to further research in the field.

Nomination of candidates

Nominations are open every year from 1 March to 1 May. Anyone can recommend candidates for the Grundfos Prize. The recommendation must consist of a motivation (a maximum of 3 to 4 pages) as well as a brief CV. Please send it to

  • Eligible candidates should have a maximum age of 40 (men) / 45 (women) at the day of  the prize ceremony.
  • In 2021, the Prize will be awarded in early November. More info.

Grundfos Prize Jury

– Jens Maaløe, Chairman, Poul Due Jensen Foundation
– Niels Due
Jensen, former Chairman of the Poul Due Jensen Foundation
– Per Halkjær Nielsen, Professor, Aalborg University
– Nina Smith, Professor, Aarhus University
– Ole Sigmund, Professor, Technical University of Denmark

The winner will be notified directly in July. In the event that the Committee fails to identify a qualified candidate, the prize will not be awarded.

"The winner is publicly revealed in connection with the Grundfos Prize Ceremony."