The Danish National Research Foundation is ready to invest DKK 1.1 billion in 10 new Centers of Excellence

23. October 2019

The board of the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) has decided to invest DKK 657 million and allocate an additional DKK 440 million to 10 new research centers, the so-called Centers of Excellence. The centers will help contribute to maintaining Denmark’s position as one of the leading research countries worldwide by being international front-runners for innovative and curiosity-driven research.

(The list of selected applicants for new centers can be found at the bottom of this page)

Following a thorough application process, the board of the Danish National Research Foundation has invited 10 applicants to enter contract negotiations to establish new Centers of Excellence.

“The DNRF’s Centers of Excellence enjoy great recognition in the international research landscape, and at the board, we are convinced that the future centers and center leaders will live up to this reputation and contribute to strengthening Denmark’s position as a leading knowledge society,” said Professor Jens Kehlet Nørskov, chairman of the board of the Danish National Research Foundation.

With the new centers, the foundation looks forward to contributing to Danish research in collaboration with universities and other research institutions.

“In Denmark, we are adept at creating the framework for excellent and interdisciplinary research environments that enable breakthroughs and the development of innovative solutions. Therefore, we look forward to a continued fruitful cooperation with the research institutions,” said Professor Nørskov.

Universities Denmark also looks forward to collaborating with the centers, which are highlighted as an essential part of the Danish research sector.

“The Centers of Excellence play an important role for basic research. The centers contribute to world-class Danish research and thereby strengthen Danish education and research activities. The centers not only provide a strong research field injection to the individual universities, but also benefit the entire research and education chain in Denmark,” said Anders Bjarklev, chairman of Universities Denmark’s Rector’s Conference.

The new centers will be established for a period of six years, with a possibility of an extension for another four years, with the prerequisite of a satisfactory midterm evaluation. The DNRF is investing DKK 657 now and allocating another DKK 440 million for the possible extension of the centers.


More information – contact:

Professor Jens Kehlet Nørskov
Chairman of the board
Tel.: +45 9351 1110

Professor Søren-Peter Olesen
Tel.: +45 2028 9706