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.

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.  

MAJA HORST, CHAIR
Professor. PhD, Responsible Technology, Technical University of Denmark 
Maja Horst is a Professor and group leader at the Technical University of Denmark. She is the first Professor in responsible technology. In September 2019 Maja Horst was appointed leader of the newly established professorship in this field. Maja Horst has been a member of the Danish Council for Research and Innovation Policy (2011-2020). She is the president of the European Assciation for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST). Furthermore, she is a recipient of the research communication prize (2009) awarded by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

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.

BIRGIT SCHIØTT

Professor, PhD, Head of department of Chemistry, University of Aarhus
Birgit Schiøtt manages the Biomodelling group which deals with the interaction of proteins and other biomolecules, focusing on brain chemistry. She also works with other subjects such as peptides involved in i Type 2 Diabetes as well as other technological important peptides and proteins. Birgit Schiøtt is also a part of iNANO and has many collaborative projects with pharmaceutical- and biotechnological companies  and academic research groups in both Denmark and abroad. 

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.

LONE GRAM

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. 

METTE MARIE ROSENKILDE
Professor, Deputy Head of department,  Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Mette M. Rosenkilde is a Professor at the  Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. Mette M. Rosenkilde received the KFJ-award in 2017 for her ground-braking research in protein receptors, with a focus on developing new medicine. Mette M. Rosenkilde is also the head of section of the research team for molecular pharmacology.
 
OLE KIRK
Professor, PHD, Vice President, NOVOZYMES A/S
Ole Kirk has a PhD in chemistry from the Technical University of Denmark. Ole Kirk Besides the post as Vice President for Research and Development at Novozymes A/S, Ole Kirk is also Head of research in the division for Household Care & Technical Industries Division, where he conducts research on biotechnological solutions for the production of enzymes and microorganisms
 
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.  

 

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 
Anne-Marie Søndergaard Christensen, Professor, University of Southern Denmark (Chair)
Anders-Christian Jacobsen, Professor MSO, Aarhus University
Dorte Marie Søndergaard, Professor, Aarhus University
Helle Vandkilde, Professor, Aarhus University
Jens Seeberg, Professor MSO, Aarhus University
Jørgen Bruhn, Professor, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Kim Christian Schrøder, Professor, Roskilde University
Lone Kofoed Hansen, Associate Professor, Aarhus University
Maria Fabricius Hansen, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen
Per H. Hansen, Professor, Copenhagen Buisness School
Pia Quist, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Randi Starrfelt, Professor MSO, 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 
Henrik Grum Kjærgaard, Professor, University of Copenhagen (Chair)
Angela Fago, Professor MSO, Aarhus University
Birgitte Haahr Kallipolitis, Professor, University of Southern Denmark
Carsten Wiuf, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Karsten Flensberg, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Kresten Lindorff-Larsen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Lars Birkedal, Professor, Aarhus University
Lars Nielsen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Shfgat Abbas Khan, Professor, Technical University of Denmark - DTU
Steen Lynge Hannestad, Professor, Aarhus University
Søren Bak, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Tenna Riis, Professor, Aarhus University
Torben Heick Jensen, Professor, Aarhus University
Torsten Nygård Kristensen, Professor, Aalborg University
Troels Skrydstrup, 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 
Anders Fink-Jensen, Professor, Psykiatrisk Center København (Chair)
Anne-Marie Nybo Andersen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Birgitte Holst, Professor MSO, University of Copenhagen
Bo Torben Porse, Professor, University of Copenhagen/Rigshospitalet
Claus Oxvig, Professor, Aarhus University
Eva Irene Bossano Prescott, Professor, Bispebjerg Hospital
Eva Ran Hoffmann, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Helle Prætorius Øhrwald, Professor, Aarhus University
Henrik Nielsen, Professor, Aalborg University/Aalborg University hospital
Inge Marie Svane, Professor, Herlev Hospital
Irene Petersen, Professor, Aarhus University/University College London
Jakob Balslev Sørensen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Marianne Skovsager Andersen, Professor, Odense University hospital/University of Southern Denmark
Nanna Brix Finnerup, Professor, Aarhus University
Peter Rossing, Professor, Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen/University of Copenhagen
Shohreh Issazadeh-Navikas, Professor, University of Copenhagen   
Thor Grundtvig Theander, Professor, University of Copenhagen    
Torben Kruse, Professor, department head, Odense Universitetshospital

 

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, legal theory, 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 

Søren Serritzlew, Professor, Aarhus University (Chair)
Bjørn Thomassen, Professor MSO, Roskilde University
Christian Borch, Professor, Copenhagen Business School
Karen Lund Petersen, Professor MSO, University of Copenhagen
Kathrine Vitus, Associate Professor, Aalborg University
Lasse Folke Kikkert Henriksen, Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School
Lisbeth Funding La Cour, Professor MSO, Copenhagen Business School
Marianne Simonsen, Professor, Aarhus University
Mette Hartlev, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Peter Norman Sørensen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Robert Tranekær Klemmensen, Professor, University of Southern Denmark
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 

Peter Balling, Professor, Aarhus University (Chair)
Christian Vestergaard Poulsen, CTO, NKT Photonics A/S
Dennis Sandris Nielsen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Hanne Mørck Nielsen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Jens Honoré Walther, Professor, Technical University of Denmark - DTU
Keld Johansen, Lead Scientist, Haldor Topsøe
Lis Wollesen de Jonge, Professor, Aarhus University
Marianne Thomsen, Professor, Aarhus University
Michael Havbro Faber-Nielsen, Professor, Aalborg University
Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Morten Petersen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Peter Ruhdal Jensen, Professor, Technical University of Denmark - DTU
Preben Dybdahl Thomsen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Stephen Edward Rees, Professor, Aalborg University
Stine Jacobsen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Susanne Brix Pedersen, Professor MSO, Technical University of Denmark - DTU
Susanne Bødker, Professor, Aarhus University
Thomas Bak, Professor, Aalborg University