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Danish National Research Foundation

The Danish National Research Foundation was established in 1991, and is an independent foundation, which works at strengthening Danish basic research within all research fields.

The Foundation’s main working method is to set up and fund research centers of the highest international standing – Centers of Excellence – for 1 -2 periods of funding. The Foundation annually distributes up to DKK 400 million. This corresponds to approximately 2 % of the annual public research expenditure. 

Danish National Research Foundation support for Centers of Excellence

The Center of Excellence (CoE) program is the primary funding mechanism and the foundation’s flagship. A center grant is large and flexible, and a center may have a lifetime of up to 10 years. Only top researchers with the most ambitious ideas will be awarded a CoE through fierce competition involving a two-stage application process.

The objective of the CoE program is to strengthen Danish research by providing the best possible working conditions and organizational set-up for selected top researchers. Centers may be established within or across all fields of research.


The core mission of the Danish National Research Foundation

“Our core mission is to fund innovative research by the best people in optimal surroundings. By recognizing and trusting their talent, we expect top researchers to deliver potentially groundbreaking results, thereby boosting the international competitiveness and impact of Danish research”.

Quote from the DNRF pages: http://www.dg.dk/en/about-us/