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.