Professor Vivek Shende from the University of California, Berkeley is the fourth researcher to receive the Danish National Research Foundation’s latest funding instrument: the DNRF Chair. The DNRF Chair was launched at the beginning of 2020 with the overall purpose of strengthening Danish research communities by bringing international, as well as Danish, researchers to Denmark. Professor Shende has received the grant to study quantum mathematics.
At the beginning of 2020, the Danish National Research Foundation 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 Vivek Shende from the University of California, Berkeley is the fourth researcher to receive a DNRF Chair grant. Professor Shende will use the grant to study quantum mathematics.
“I study mathematical aspects of string theory, a subject with many interfaces across mathematics. The DNRF chair will allow me to handpick a group with the eclectic skills needed to support my research goals. I expect my group will become one of the cornerstones of the new and very exciting Center for Quantum Mathematics at SDU,” said Professor Shende.
The DNRF plans to continue the DNRF Chair instrument through December 2024, and the foundation foresees awarding about three DNRF Chair grants annually. Starting in 2021, each Danish university can submit two applications for each of the three annual application rounds.
“We are very excited that Vivek Shende has been awarded this prominent DNRF Chair. He is a fantastic researcher – a true world star, and I am really happy to have attracted Vivek to the Centre for Quantum Mathematics at SDU, where we are building an elite research environment within quantum mathematics,” said Professor Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen, head of center at the Center for Quantum Mathematics at SDU. Before his position at SDU, Professor Ellegaard Andersen was head of center at the Center for Quantum Geometry of Moduli Spaces at Aarhus University with a grant from the DNRF over the period 2009-2019.
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.