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More than DKK 73 million for independent research

Friday 04 May 18

2018 grants from Independent Research Fund Denmark

  • In total, researchers have applied for research funding worth around EUR 700 million (DKK 5.2 billion kroner), for 1,584 research projects.

  • 239 projects are deemed to be of particularly high international calibre, based on a new and groundbreaking concept, characterized by a clearly delineated problem definition.

  • The average grant is just over EUR 443,000 (DKK 3.3 million).

  • Applicants have to compete for funds, which are mainly distributed in May.

  • A total of 17 different research institutions are on the list of recipients of public funds for independent research. In addition to universities and hospitals, research institutions such as the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), The Danish Cancer Society, the National Museum of Denmark, and SFI—The Danish National Centre for Social Research.

Source: Independent Research Fund Denmark


Independent Research Fund Denmark has allocated a total of EUR 9.8 million (DKK 73.3 million) for 24 DTU projects as part of the Fund’s annual allocation of grants for excellent new research.

A total of EUR 750 million is being awarded in 2018, spanning 239 projects throughout Denmark, according to an Independent Research Fund Denmark press release. This puts DTU’s share at just under 10 per cent of the total grants.

The research projects will help kick-start groundbreaking research in universities, hospitals and research units throughout Denmark, and in all key scientific fields.

Regarding the projects, Peter Munk Christiansen, Chairman of the Board of Independent Research Fund Denmark, has this to say:

“The 239 grants give us an indication as to where Danish research is innovating right now. For example, regardless of the particular discipline, researchers are keen on technological achievements and scientific issues that arise when technology and people converge.”

The same applies to DTU’s projects. The projects range from easier allergy testing, cheaper isotopes for cancer diagnosis, and the reduction of ice formation on flights—to error-correcting codes, energy harvesting using floating two-dimensional magnets, 3D printing of soft materials, and improved methods for the manufacturing of cast iron.


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