The DNRF’s Objective

The Foundation

The Danish National Research Foundation funds frontline, curiosity-driven research of the highest quality in Denmark.

Who are we?

The Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) is an independent organization established by the Danish Parliament in 1991, promoting and stimulating research at the frontiers of all scientific fields. Since its establishment, the foundation has been endowed with 3 billion DKK in 2008 and again in 2015, allowing it to operate until 2036. The endowment secures independence and a long-term commitment to the best Danish research.

What do we do?

The DNRF has two funding instruments:

  • Centers of Excellence –the foundation’s flagship and the primary funding mechanism. A center grant is large and flexible and has a lifetime of up to 10 years. The DNRF expects a center to deliver groundbreaking results.
  • Niels Bohr Professorships – this instrument has the distinct purpose of enriching Danish research communities with top-class researchers from abroad.

How do we decide whom to fund?

Funding decisions are based on three core values:

  • Excellence – we strive for excellence in every aspect of the research endeavor.
  • Transparency – we strive for transparency in the assessment and selection processes.
  • Risk-taking – we acknowledge that groundbreaking research requires risk-taking.

How do we support our grantees?

Grant support is based on three core values:

  • Freedom – we strive to provide grantees with freedom and flexibility.
  • Trust – we strive to support our grantees and trust in them.
  • Engagement – we engage with and learn from each grantee.

Finance

The National Danish Research Foundation was established in 1991 with 2 bil. DKK in capital. In 2008 and in 2015 an additional 3 bn. DKK were supplied, thus ensuring the foundation’s continuation until the end of 2036.

Since the first distribution of funds in 1993, the foundation has supported Danish research with 8 bil. DKK. As of 2010 the annual funding amounts to 400 mil. DKK on average, which corresponds to about 2% of the total public research funding.

The foundation’s Annual Reports contain financial and operating data and outline expected funding in the years ahead.

Find the Annual Reports here.

Law

The foundation is regulated by law.

For further details on this matter, please download these documents:

  • Royal Decree on the Charter of the Danish National Research Foundation, September 8, 2008
  • Consolidated Act on the Danish National Research Foundation, April 10, 2014
  • Bekendtgørelse af 29.marts 2016 om forvaltning af Danmarks Grundforsknings midler (only available in Danish)

Laws regulating the Danish National Research Foundation's activities

Royal Decree on the Charter of the Danish National Research Foundation, September 8, 2008

Consolidated Act on the Danish National Research Foundation, April 10, 2014

Bekendtgørelse af 29. marts 2016 om forvaltning af Danmarks Grundforskningsfonds midler

Only available in Danish

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