The Call is out: the DNRF is ready to grant up to 1.2 billion DKK for New Centers of Excellence

05. October 2020

The Danish National Research Foundation hereby invites researchers from all scientific fields to submit outline proposals for new Centers of Excellence. The foundation is ready to grant up to 1.2 billion DKK and expect the new centers to start operating at the end of 2022.

Deadline for outline proposals is June 1, 2021, at 12 noon.

Through the links below you will find information regarding the application and selection process, as well as the application form:

Call for Proposals

Guide For Applicants

Application Form

Guide For Reviewers

Director Søren-Peter Olsen will visit the Danish universities during November 2020 to talk about the Center of Excellent instrument and the process for the 11th application round.

All meetings are open for anyone interested. Find a list of planned meetings below.

The objective of the Center of Excellence program is to strengthen Danish research by providing the best possible working conditions and organizational set-up for selected top researchers. Excellence is the main criterion when assessing proposals for new centers.

A center grant is large and flexible and has a duration of up to 10 years, with a first funding period of six years and, if renewed, can be extended for a second funding period of additional four years. Centers can be established within and/or across all research areas.

Click here for more information about the Centers of Excellence 

Information meetings 11th application round for Centers of Excellence

Aalborg University
November 4, 9:00-10:30

NOVI Auditorium
Niels Jernes Vej 10
9220 Aalborg Øst

Registration: Anne-Mette Bech Albrechtslund (

Aarhus University
November 4, 14:30-16:00

iNANO Auditorium
Building 1593-012
Gustav Wieds Vej 14
8000 Aarhus C

Registration: Jakob D. Sørensen (

University of Copenhagen
November 5, 10:15-11:45
November 5, 13:00-14:45

Registration: Katja Pedersen (

Copenhagen Business School
November 10, 10:00-11:00

CBS Kilen
Kilevej 14A
2000 Frederiksberg
Lokale Ks48
Registration: Karen Slej (

Technical University of Denmark
November 10, 13:00-14:00

Oticon Salen (bygning 107)
Anker Engelunds Vej 1
2800 Kgs. Lyngby

Registration: John Peter Wittschieben (

University of Southern Denmark
November 12, 10:30-12:00

Registration: Gitte Østerkjærhuus (

Due to COVID-19, the information meetings may be held as video meetings.