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EUR 12 million for independent research

Friday 10 May 19

About the awarding of grants

  • Recognized researchers characterized by high expertise and high risk appetite handle the implementation task by identifying brilliant ideas and securing research funds for them.

  • 75 of these researchers belong to five research councils, while nine members constitute the Board of Independent Research Fund Denmark.

  • International panels perform so-called peer reviews, which the councils include in their assessments to a great extent.

  • 1618 researchers have applied for a total of DKK 5.8 billion, while 215 applicants have obtained grants totalling DKK 753 million.

  • 154 researchers have received an IRFD Research Project 1 grant of up to EUR 390,000, while 61 researchers have received an IRFD Research Project 2 grant of up to EUR 830,000.

  • The success rate measured in terms of share of funds granted is 13%.

  • Independent Research Fund Denmark is a public fund, and it distributes approximately EUR 160 million a year to budding research in Denmark.

Source: Independent Research Fund Denmark.

Independent Research Fund Denmark has granted a total of EUR 12 million to 24 DTU projects.

The funds have been granted as part of the Fund’s annual awarding of grants for excellent new—and often risky—research.

Grants totalling EUR 101 million (DKK 753 million)—distributed on 215 projects throughout Denmark—will be awarded in 2019.

This puts DTU’s share at just under 12 per cent of the total grants.

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

The Chairman of the Board of Independent Research Fund Denmark, David Dreyer Lassen, says the following about the projects:

“Denmark has an extremely strong mass of research. As a country, we must set this enormous capacity free and lead the way with knowledge building in the many research outposts. This year, we’re seeing a greater understanding of how new digital technologies can accelerate the research, and this is a trend that cuts right across the research areas from the humanities to natural sciences. These technologies are injecting a huge innovative force into the research, giving it a remarkable lift.”

Exploiting digital technologies to drive the research forward is a completely natural part of by far the majority of the DTU projects, which include the development of new materials, immunotherapy for treatment of cancer, increased recycling of aluminium, better treatment of cholesterol-related diseases, ultra-fast wireless communication, 3D printing with metal powder, Arctic Ocean circulation, discovery of when modern man immigrated to Central Europe, and creation of knowledge about how multi-resistant bacteria—a growing problem in hospitals worldwide—develop.

The projects have been divided into the categories Research Project 1—for which researchers can receive up to EUR 390,000—and Research Project 2—for which researchers can receive up to EUR 830,000.

17 DTU researchers have received Research Project 1 grants, while seven DTU researchers have received Research Project 2 grants.

Learn more about DTU's projects in the two categories: