The NSF Nordic Research Opportunity 2012: Information for applicants

The Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) announces the Nordic Research Opportunity in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF), enabling Graduate Research Fellows to carry out research visits for periods of 2 to 12 months at the DNRF Centers of Excellence, including the 11 new Centers of Excellence that will start operating from January 2012.

The main strategy of the Danish National Research Foundation is to establish and fund Centers of Excellence. Since 1991, the DNRF has supported Danish research environments with a total of 5 billion DKK. This makes the DNRF Centers of Excellence great sites for obtaining international experiences in research environments at the highest level, adding a valuable international dimension to the Graduate Research Fellowship experience.

The research visits will be offered on a competitive basis as a supplemental award. Active Graduate Research Fellows on tenure or reserve who have completed at least one year of their Ph.D. are eligible to apply. You can find more information about the application process in the NSF Dear Colleague Letter for the NRO in 2012-2013.

It is possible to carry out Nordic Research Opportunities only at Centers of Excellence funded by the DNRF.

The DNRF strongly encourages interested Graduate Research Fellows to contact the relevant faculty members at the DNRF Centers of Excellence to discuss possible NRO research visits in detail.

Letters of endorsement and collaboration

Fellows who wish to pursue a Nordic Research Opportunity must obtain a letter of endorsement from his/her faculty advisor as well as a letter of collaboration from the Danish host.

Evaluation and selection of participants

The proposal deadline is January 20, 2012, and proposals must be submitted through NSF FastLane. Supplemental funding requests for the Nordic Research Opportunity will be subject to merit review by the NSF. The final selection of fellows will depend on agreement by the NSF and the DNRF.

Award information

Support for the visiting Fellow’s research, education and additional living expenses will be provided by the DNRF through the Danish host institution as a supplemental grant to the hosting Center of Excellence.

The DNRF supports the NRO Fellow’s added living expenses of 9000 DKK per month. Furthermore, the DNRF supports the hosting Center of Excellence with 21,600 DKK per month (including 44% overhead) to cover expenses for the Fellow’s research and educational activities while in Denmark. In total, the DNRF will grant a supplemental award of 34,560 DKK per month to the hosting Center of Excellence.

Further information

Read more about the Nordic Research Opportunity here .

Danish National Research Foundation contact: Marie-Louise Munch, tel. +45 33 18 19 53 (Denmark) or

National Science Foundation contact: Gisèle Muller-Parker, tel.703 292-7468 (USA) or