Five of the 11 newly chosen Villum Investigators are researchers closely affiliated with the DNRF

04. April 2019

The Villum Foundation has recently announced 11 new recipients of Villum Investigators grants. A grant provides up to 40 million DKK over a six-year period, and grants are given to internationally recognized researchers. Five out of the 11 recipients have or have had a close connection with the Danish National Research Foundation.

Five out of the 11 new recipients of the Villum Foundation’s Investigators grants for 2019 have or have had a close connection with the Danish National Research Foundation. The Villum Investigators awards are announced every two years, and this is the second time the foundation has issued this type of grant, which amounts to up to 40 million DKK over a period of six years. The Villum Investigators grants are given to experienced and internationally recognized researchers who

“have the potential to make a significant contribution to developments in science or technology at a Danish university,” according to a Villum Foundation press release.

The five researchers affiliated with the DNRF who have now become Villum Investigators are:

  • Bo Brummerstedt Iversen, professor and head of the DNRF Center for Materials Crystallography (CMC) at Aarhus University: 39.8 million DKK
  • Carsten Rahbek, professor and head of the DNRF Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate CMEC) at the University of Copenhagen: 40 million DKK
  • Karl Anker Jørgensen, professor and head of the former DNRF Center for Catalysis at Aarhus University: 39.9 million DKK
  • Eugene Polzik, professor and head of the former DNRF Center for Quantum Optics (QUANTOP), at the University of Copenhagen: 30.3 million DKK
  • Guojie Zhang, professor and part of the former DNRF Center for Social Evolution (CSE) at the University of Copenhagen: 40 million DKK

The Villum Foundation received 80 applications for this year’s Villum Investigators program; five of the applicants were women and 75 were men. After the end of the grant period, the recipients can apply to the program again, in open competition with other new applicants.

More information about this year’s 11 recipients can be found in the Villum Foundation’s press release here