The DNRF invests 625 mil. DKK in 11 new Centers of Excellence

07. June 2022

The board of the Danish National Research Foundation has decided to support the establishment of 11 new DNRF Centers of Excellence. The Centers of Excellence will conduct groundbreaking and new research that will help maintain Denmark’s position as one of the world’s leading research countries.

(The list of selected applicants for new centers can be found beneath )

“We believe that the 11 new DNRF centers will become international beacons in Danish research, that they will be agendasetting, and that they will achieve groundbreaking results in their fields,” said Professor Jens Kehlet Nørskov, chairman of the board of the Danish National Research Foundation. He continued:

“All applicants are at the top level and the foundation’s board of directors went through a long and thorough process before selecting the 11 applicants. Those applicants are now invited to negotiations on establishing the new Centers of Excellence.”

The director of the Danish National Research Foundation, Søren Peter Olesen, is also very satisfied with the 11 applicants chosen. They fulfill the foundation’s purpose of funding excellent basic research at the highest international level.

“The applicants represent very different areas of research, and they have all proven that they can think outside the box and stay ahead of developments,” said Olesen.

Unique interdisciplinary collaboration

The Danish National Research Foundation looks forward to once again helping to elevate Danish research, together with the universities and other research institutions with which the new Centers of Excellence are affiliated.

“In Denmark, we are skilled at creating the framework for fruitful, interdisciplinary environments that foster innovative solutions. And with our Centers of Excellence, we stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration and allow it to grow over several years. So, we look forward to keeping up a close and fruitful collaboration with the research institutions at the upcoming centers,” concluded Professor Nørskov.

The new centers will be established for a period of six years, with the possibility of an extension for another four years, with the prerequisite of a satisfactory midterm evaluation.

Read more about the Centers of Excellence.

  • Ana Antic, University of Copenhagen, for the Center for Culture and the Mind (CULTMIND). The foundation is prepared to grant up to 38.983.000 DKK. Tel.: +45 3055 3661 / e-mail: Ana.antic@hum.ku.dk


    Eske Willerslev
    , University of Copenhagen, for the Center for Ancient Environmental Genomics (CAEG). The foundation is prepared to grant up to 75.000.000 DKK. E-mail: ew482@cam.ac.uk

     

    Jens-Christian Svenning, Aarhus University, for the Center for Ecological Dynamics in a Novel Biosphere (ECONOVO). The foundation is prepared to grant up to 59.998.000 DKK. Tel.: +45 2899 2304 / e-mail: svenning@bio.au.dk

     

    Jesper Svejstrup, University of Copenhagen, for the Center for Gene Expression (CGEN). The foundation is prepared to grant up to 68.639.000 kroner. Tel.: +45 2249 6409 / e-mail: jsvejstrup@sund.ku.dk

     

    Lasse Heje Pedersen, Copenhagen Business School, for the Center for Big Data in Finance (BigFin) The foundation is prepared to grant up to 59.399.000 DKK.
    Tel.: +45 5380 9040 / e-mail: lhp.fi@cbs.dk

     

    Lone Simonsen, Roskilde University, for the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Pandemic Signatures (PandemiX). The foundation is prepared to grant up to 47.000.000 kroner. Tel.: +45 2342 9503 / e-mail: lonesimo@ruc.dk

     

    Merete Bilde, Aarhus University, for the Center for the Chemistry of Clouds (C3). The foundation is prepared to grant up to 59.998.000 DKK. Tel.: +45 2444 7138 / email: bilde@chem.au.dk

     

    Asger Mortensen, University of Southern Denmark, for the Center for Polariton-driven Light-Matter Interactions (POLIMA). The foundation is prepared to grant up to 59.960.000 DKK. Tel.: +45 9350 7139 / e-mail: namo@mci.sdu.dk

     

    Søren Riis Paludan, Aarhus University, for the Center for the Immunology of Viral Infections (CiViA). The foundation is prepared to grant up to 60.000.000 kroner. Tel.: +45 2899 2066 / e-mail: srp@biomed.au.dk

     

    Riikka Rinnan, University of Copenhagen, for the Center for Volatile Interactions (VOLT). The foundation is prepared to grant up to 60.000.000 DKK. Tel.: +45 5182 7039 / e-mail: riikkar@bio.ku.dk

     

    Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, University of Copenhagen, for the Center for Global Mobility Law (MOBILE). The foundation is prepared to grant up to 36.000.000 kroner. Tel.: +45 5020 3400 / e-mail: tgh@jur.ku.dk

     

  • The Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) uses a two-stage application process for the establishment of new Centers of Excellence. In the first stage, potential center leaders are invited to submit outline proposals. For this current application round – the 11th — the DNRF received 149 outline proposals. Of these, 25 applicants were invited to submit full proposals, and from these, 11 applicants have been invited to enter contract negotiations to establish new Centers of Excellence.