The DNRF Professorships
As an extension of the six Niels Bohr Visiting Professorships, the DNRF established this five-year professorship in 2006 to further strengthen the internationalization of Danish research.
The purpose was to enhance the competitiveness of Danish research by attracting elite international scientists (foreigners or Danes abroad) to permanent employment at a Danish university for the period 2007-2012.
The professors were expected to:
- Develop and promote research within a prioritized area at a university
- Stimulate the university’s international research cooperation at a high level
- Contribute to strengthening research education programs
Furthermore, positions for one or two younger scientists are attached to each professorship.
The foundation finances the first five years of a professor’s employment, after which the host institution assumes the financial obligations. The support amounts to app. 63.4 mil. DKK in total, distributed among three grants.
Professor Steen Rasmussen
Institution: University of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Science
Funding period: November 2007 – October 2012
Professor Jørgen S. Nielsen
Institution: University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Theology
Funding period: October 2007 – September 2012
Professor John Couchman
Institution: University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health Sciences
Funding period: May 2007 – April 2012