At the beginning of 2020, the Danish National Research Foundation’s launched its latest funding instrument, the DNRF Chair, with the overall purpose of strengthening Danish research communities by bringing international, as well as Danish, researchers to Denmark. Professor Peter Jørgensen from Newcastle University is the second researcher to receive a DNRF Chair grant to study math and algebra.
Professor Peter Jørgensen from Newcastle University is the second researcher to receive the Danish National Research Foundation’s latest funding instrument, a DNRF Chair. At the beginning of 2020, the DNRF launched the program with the overall purpose of strengthening Danish research communities by bringing international researchers to Denmark and Danish researchers who wish to return to Denmark from an international position.
“The Danish National Research Foundation plays a key role in fundamental Danish research. My appointment to a DNRF Chair has enabled my research group to move from Newcastle to Denmark. It was only possible to do so with a substantial grant, and I am very happy to hold a DNRF Chair, which will be a great support for my research in the coming years,” said Professor Jørgensen.
The DNRF plans to continue the DNRF Chair instrument through December 2024, and the foundation foresees awarding about three DNRF Chair grants annually. The foundation expects to fund a total of DKK 200 million; the average grant is about DKK 5-10 million.
All Danish universities may apply for a DNRF Chair grant to support the start-up activities of faculty in the process of being recruited from abroad (or newly recruited, i.e., employed within the last six months preceding the relevant deadline for application) as tenured professors at their respective institutions.
“The arrival of Peter Jørgensen at the Department of Mathematics at Aarhus University has provided a shot of adrenaline to the pure mathematics group. He now represents the department within the mathematical area of algebra. We are very pleased that the Danish National Research Foundation has decided to award Peter a DNRF Chair. This will enable him to build a research group and continue the high-level research he pursued in his previous position as professor of mathematics at Newcastle University in the UK. In addition to being an exceptional research mathematician and supervisor, Peter is also an excellent teacher and communicator. His impact will be felt across the board in the activities of the department,” said Jacob Schach Møller, Head of Department of the Faculty of Math at Aarhus University.
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.