New DNRF Chair grant for The Niels Bohr Institute will focus on the dark content of our universe

21. March 2022

The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen has received a DNRF Chair, the Danish National Research Foundation’s latest funding instrument. The grant will support the research of Vitor Cardoso. Professor Cardoso’s research uses black holes as engines of discovery, using them to understand the dark content of our universe, but also to test the very tenets of General Relativity. The DNRF Chair was launched at the beginning of 2020 with the overall purpose of strengthening Danish research communities by bringing both international and Danish researchers to Denmark. 

Professor Vitor Cardoso. Photo: Ana Carvalho

At the beginning of 2020, the Danish National Research Foundation launched its latest funding instrument, the DNRF Chair, with the overall purpose of strengthening research communities in Denmark. The foundation will do this by bringing both international and Danish researchers to Denmark.

This grant is the ninth to be given and will go to Professor Vitor Cardoso to support his research, which uses black holes as engines of discovery, using them to understand the dark content of our universe, but also to test the very tenets of General Relativity.

“I am thrilled to be the recipient of the DNRF Chair grant. I moved to Denmark and to the Niels Bohr Institute to establish a team able to continue Niels Bohr’s dream of understanding the quantum world, by including gravity in the equation. The DNRF Chair grant is a stamp of excellence in this dream, and a way to attract the very best within the field to Denmark,” says Professor Cardoso.

The DNRF plans to continue the DNRF Chair instrument through December 2024; the foundation foresees awarding about three DNRF Chair grants annually. Starting in 2021, each Danish university can submit two applications for each of the three annual application rounds.

Professor Poul Henrik Damgaard, Director of the Niels Bohr International Academy states: “We are proud to welcome Vitor Cardoso to the Niels Bohr International Academy. As a world-leading figure in gravitational physics, he will establish in Copenhagen one of Europe’s most powerful research centers within this field.”

The grants will be awarded by the DNRF board following one public call annually. Each call consists of three rounds per year. Normally, only one or two grants per round will be awarded.

You can read more about the DNRF Chair here

Read more about Professor Cardoso and his research