Board of directors and five councils

Independent Research Fund Denmark funds specific research activities based on researchers' own initiatives. Moreover, the Fund provides advice in all scientific areas for the Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science, the Danish Parliament and the Government.

Board of directors

The Board of directors consists of nine members, all of whom are recognised active researchers who have been appointed by the Minister for Higher Education and Science based on their personal capacity.

The Board members have extensive international experience, and several of them have also held major management positions in the world of research.  

DaVid dreyer lassen, Chair
Professor, PhD, Department of ECONOMICS, University of Copenhagen

David Dreyer Lassen is a Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen, and was previously chairman of Independent Research Fund Denmark | Social Sciences. He was also a member of the Committee for Better University Education, which the Government set up in 2017. 

Jan Philip Solovej, VICE CHAIR

Professor, PhD, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Jan Philip Solovej conducts research within mathematical physics, focusing on the theoretical understanding of the stability and properties of quantum mechanical systems. These are systems ranging from atoms to stars. He is particularly interested in the mathematical description of unique quantum mechanical phenomena such as superfluidity. His research is partially being funded by the European Research Council (ERC). He was previously chairman of the Danish Council for Independent Research | Natural Sciences. In 2011, he was elected teacher of the year at the University of Copenhagen.

LONE GRAM, VICE CHAIR

Professor, PhD, DTU Bioengineering, Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Technical University of Denmark
Professor Lone Gram studies bacterial eco-physiology and biotechnology. The science is focused on aquatic bacteria (freshwater and marine) and covers both pathogeneic bacteria as well as beneficial bacteria. Lone Gram was previously chairman of Independent Research Fund Denmark | Natural Sciences. She is also leader of Center of Excellence for Microbial Secondary Metabolites, Danish Nation Research Foundation. 

Anette Warring

Professor, PhD, Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University
Anette Warring is a historian who has previously chaired the board of The Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities and is a member of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. Anette Warring’s research focuses on the historical and societal developments of the 19th and 20th centuries. She is particularly interested in history and memory studies, oral history, World War II and the political and cultural activism of the 1960s and 1970s. She is the author of several publications on these subjects and a participant in several European and Danish interdisciplinary research projects and Networks.

Egon Bech Hansen

Professor, PhD, Head of Department at DTU Systems Biology, Technical University of Denmark
Egon Bech Hansen has an MSc in engineering and a PhD in molecular microbiology from the Technical University of Denmark. He works within the following areas: bacterial genetics and physiology, DNA replication, bacteriophage genetics, bacterial taxonomy, food enzymes and bacteria cultures.  

Jesper Wengel

Professor, PhD, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark
Jesper Wengel conducts research and innovation within the field of DNA chemistry and he and his research group are behind the invention of the LNA molecule, which is an artificial nucleic acid that imitates the properties of naturally occurring genetic molecules. LNA molecules are used in molecular biology research for the purposes of developing drugs that can cure widespread diseases such as cancer and high blood cholesterol. Wengel is a former recipient of the ERC Advanced Grant. He is the head of BioNEC (Biomolecular Nanoscale Engineering Center), a Research Center of excellence between SDU, KU and AU funded by the Villum Foundation. His LNA patents constitute the bases of a number of biotechnological companies working with diagnostics and drug development research. In addition, Wengel is a co-founder of the biotechnological company RiboTask ApS.

Søren Kragh Moestrup

Professor, MD, PhD, Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Southern Denmark
Søren Kragh Moestrup is a physician and a professor of medical biochemistry whose international career within scientific research spans 16 years. He conducts research within the field of molecular biology of inflammation and is head of the research group for inflammation at the Department of Cancer and Inflammation Research at the University of Southern Denmark. In 2012, he became a member of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. Additionally, he has co-founded two biotechnological companies and is chief medical research consultant with the Department of Clinical Biochemistry at Odense University Hospital. Moestrup’s research is partly funded by the European Research Council.  

Tine Bryan Stensbøl

Divisional Director at Lundbeck A/S, PhD
Tine Bryan Stensbøl is a member of the Global Research Leadership Team and Research Committee at Lundbeck, responsible for the outlining as well as implementing Lundbecks research strategy. She directs a biology-driven focus area at Lundbeck, focused on identifying novel targets and drugs for the treatment of CNS disorders. Tine is also the project lead and coordinator of NEWMEDS a European public private partnership under the Innovative Medicines Initiatives (IMI).

 

Independent Research Fund Denmark | Humanities

Independent Research Fund Denmark | Humanities supports specific research activities based on the initiatives of the researchers and gives scientific advice within the scientific areas of the council.

The council covers basic research within all branches of culture, aesthetics, languages, history, and theory of cognition.

Independent Research Fund Denmark | Humanities allocates research grants to researchers working within these areas. Furthermore, the council provides scientific advice in relation to humanistic issues. The advice is given according to request or on the council's own initiative.

Independent Research Fund Denmark annually publishes a call inviting researchers to apply for funding for research activities within the scientific areas of the council. The call includes information about requirements and guidelines for applications to Independent Research Fund Denmark | Humanities.

The council’s 12 members are acknowledged researchers appointed by the Minister for Science and Higher Education in their own personal capacity.

Members

Anders V. Munch, Professor, University of Southern Denmark
Anne-Marie Søndergaard Christensen, Associate professor, University of Southern Denmark
Bobby (Robert) Zachariae, Professor, Aarhus University
Dorte Marie Søndergaard, Professor, Aarhus University
Dorthe Gert Simonsen, Associate professor, University of Copenhagen
Helle Vandkilde, Professor, Aarhus University
Henrik Jørgensen, Associate professor, Aarhus University
Iben Fonnesberg-Schmidt, Professor MSO, Aalborg University
Jens Seeberg, Professor MSO, Aarhus University
Jørgen Bruhn, Professor, PhD, Linnæus University, Sweden
Kirsten Frandsen, Professor, Aarhus University
Margit Warburg, Professor, University of Copenhagen

Independent Research Fund Denmark | Natural Sciences

The council covers all aspects of research aimed at fundamental scientific issues within natural sciences, computer science and mathematics. 

Independent Research Fund Denmark | Natural Sciences allocates research grants to researchers working within natural sciences, computer science and mathematics with a cognition-related, but not necessarily practical aim. Furthermore, the council provides scientific advice within the areas of natural sciences, computer science and mathematics. Advice is given according to request or on the fund's own initiative.

Independent Research Fund Denmark annually publishes a call inviting researchers to apply for funding for research activities within the scientific areas of the fund. The call includes information about requirements and guidelines for applications to Independent Research Fund Denmark | Natural Sciences.

The council's 15 members are acknowledged researchers appointed by the Minister for Science and Higher Education in their own personal capacity.

MeMBERS

Angela Fago, Professor MSO, Aarhus University
Bergfinnur J. Durhuus, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Birgitte Haahr Kallipolitis, Professor, University of Southern Denmark
David Lundbek Egholm, Professor MSO, Aarhus University
David Tanner, Professor, Technical University of Denmark
Henrik Grum Kjærgaard, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Ida Fabricius, Professor, Technical University of Denmark
Jette Kastrup, Professor MSO, University of Copenhagen
Karsten Flensberg, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Lars Birkedal, Professor, Aarhus University
Michael Drewsen, Professor, Aarhus University
Michael Møller Hansen, Professor, Aarhus University
Søren Bak, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Tenna Riis, Associate professor, Aarhus University
Torben Heick Jensen, Professor, Aarhus University

Independent Research Fund Denmark | Medical Sciences

Independent Research Fund Denmark | Medical Sciences supports specific research activities based on the initiatives of researchers, and gives scientific advice within the scientific areas of the council.

Independent Research Fund Denmark | Medical Sciences covers all aspects of both basic scientific-, clinical- and socio-medical research in relation to human health and disease.

The council allocates research grants to researchers working within these areas. Furthermore, the council provides scientific advice in relation to health-scientific issues. Advice is given according to request or on the council's own initiative.

Furthermore, Independent Research Fund Denmark contributes to strengthening the communication and use of research results and participates in international cooperation.

Independent Research Fund Denmark annually publishes a call inviting researchers to apply for funding for research activities within the scientific areas of the council. The call includes information about requirements and guidelines for applications to Independent Research Fund Denmark | Medical Sciences.

The council's 18 members are acknowledged researchers appointed by the Minister for Higher Education and Science in their own personal capacity.

MeMBERS (Danish TITLES)

Allan Vaag, Professor, Vice President, AstraZeneca
Anders Fink-Jensen, Professor, Chief Physician, Dr.Med., Psykiatrisk Center København
Anja Groth, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Anne-Marie Nybo Andersen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Birgitte Holst, Professor MSO, University of Copenhagen
Claus Oxvig, Professor, Aarhus University
Eva Irene Bossano Prescott, Professor, Chief Physician, Dr.Med., Bispebjerg Hospital
Helle Prætorius Øhrwald, Professor, Aarhus University
Inge Marie Svane, Professor, Chief Physician, Dr.Med., Herlev Hospital
Jens Damsgaard Mikkelsen, Professor, Dr.Med., forskningsdirektør, University of Copenhagen
Jesper Svejstrup, Senior Scientist, Professor, PhD, The Francis Crick Institute
Kirsten Grønbæk, Professor, Chief Physician, University of Copenhagen
Kaare Christensen, Professor, Dr.Med., University of Southern Denmark
Leif Østergaard, Professor, Dr.Med., Aarhus University Hospital
Niels Møller, Professor, Chief Physician, Aarhus University/Aarhus University Hospital
Niels Obel, Professor, University of Copenhagen/Rigshospitalet
Thor Grundtvig Theander, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Torben Kruse, Professor, Head of Research Unit, Human Genetics, Odense University Hospital

Independent Research Fund Denmark | Social Sciences

Independent Research Fund Denmark | Social Sciences supports specific research activities based on the initiatives of the researchers and gives scientific advice within the scientific areas of the council.

The council covers research within economy, sociology, political science, forensic science, and the socio-scientific aspects of a number of cross-disciplinary themes (such as development research, gender research and cultural geography).

Independent Research Fund Denmark | Social Sciences allocates research grants to researchers working within these areas. Furthermore, the council provides scientific advice in relation to socio-scientific issues. Advice is given according to request or on the Fund's own initiative.

Furthermore, the Fund contributes to strengthening the communication and use of research results and participates in international cooperation.

Independent Research Fund Denmark annually publishes a call inviting researchers to apply for funding for research activities within the scientific areas of the Fund. The call includes information about requirements and guidelines for applications to Independent Research Fund Denmark | Social Sciences. Some instruments have open deadlines for application, which will appear from the call.

The council's 12 members are acknowledged researchers appointed by the Minister for Higher Education and Science in their own personal capacity.

MeMBERS

Bjørn Thomassen, Professor MSO, Roskilde University
Christian Albrekt Larsen, Professor MSO, Aalborg University
Christian Borch, Professor, Copenhagen Business School
Christian M. Dahl, Professor, The University of Southern Denmark
Karen Lund Petersen, Professor MSO, University of Copenhagen
Kathrine Vitus, Associate professor, Aalborg University
Lisbet Christoffersen, Professor, Roskilde University 
Mads Meier Jæger, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Marianne Simonsen, Professor, Aarhus University
Peter Norman Sørensen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Søren Serritzlew, Professor, Aarhus University
Toke Reichstein, Professor, Copenhagen Business School

Independent Research Fund Denmark | Technology and Production Sciences

Independent Research Fund Denmark | Technology and Production Sciences supports specific research activities based on the initiatives of the researchers and gives scientific advice within the scientific areas of the council.

The council covers basic research within technology and production which is motivated by a concrete problem or has a clear practical perspective and which is aimed at solving this problem, developing new technologies and new production systems, or at new ways of meeting the needs of society.

Independent Research Fund Denmark | Technology and Production Sciences allocates research grants to researchers working within these areas. Furthermore, the council provides scientific advice in relation to technical scientific issues. Advice is given according to request or on the Fund's own initiative.

Furthermore, the Fund contributes to strengthening communication and use of research results and participates in international cooperation.

Independent Research Fund Denmark annually publishes a call inviting researchers to apply for funding for research activities within the scientific areas of the council. The call is to include information about requirements and guidelines for applications to Independent Research Fund Denmark | Technology and Production Sciences.

The council's 18 members are acknowledged researchers appointed by the Minister for Higher Education and Science in their own personal capacity.

MeMBERS

Hanne Frøkiær, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Hanne Mørck Nielsen, Professor, University of Copenhagen 
Henrik Stang, Professor, Technical University of Denmark
Henrik Wenzel, Professor, The University of Southern Denmark
Jens Honoré Walther, Professor, Technical University of Denmark
Keld Johansen, Lead Scientist, Haldor Topsøe
Lis Wollesen de Jonge, Professor, Aarhus University
Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Morten Petersen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Ole Kæseler Andersen, Professor, Aalborg University
Peter Balling, Professor MSO, Aarhus University
Peter Gorm Larsen, Professor, Aarhus University
Peter Lawætz Andersen, Vice President, Statens Serum Institut
Peter Ruhdal Jensen, Professor, Technical University of Denmark
Poul Toft Frederiksen, Program Manager, Poul Due Jensen Foundation
Preben Dybdahl Thomsen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Stine Jacobsen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Thomas Bak, Professor, Aalborg University