Information to the universities when submitting their nominations of candidates for the Pioneer Centers
In accordance with the Implementation Model for Pioneer Centers, the co-funding foundations have sent a letter dated December 2, 2019, to the eight Danish universities inviting them to identify potential candidates in the global research community, including Denmark, and nominate up to five candidates each for a so-called long list.
The universities are invited to observe the requirements and evaluation criteria laid down in the Implementation Model, including the requirement that the candidates must be internationally recognized as top scientists within his or her field of research and have significant international experience as a research director/research leader.
In that process, the universities may choose to nominate persons from an inspirational list established by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF).
Each of the candidates must have accepted to be nominated before they are submitted to the foundations. Nominations must be accompanied by sufficient data and documentation to substantiate the following evaluation process, including a short statement that demonstrates how the candidates meet the criteria for appointment of research directors, cf. section 4 on evaluation criteria in the Implementation model.
The candidates suggested by the universities are expected to fit well into the long-term research and education strategy of the institution. This should be outlined briefly in the nomination of the candidate as a preliminary vision for the Pioneer center’s research activities. Also, the nominations should briefly describe the planned organization of the Pioneer center within the nominating university as well as across/within any collaborating institutions.