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 primary aim of Independent Research Fund Denmark is to support and promote the most original ideas and initiatives within Danish research.

On annual basis, the Independent Research Fund Denmark awards 400 grants to research projects. In total, the grants amount to well over DKK 1 billion. In order to ensure that the grants are given to the absolutely best research projects, the grants will be allocated via open calls without thematic limitations. The Independent Research Fund Denmark supports specific time-limited research activities and scientific quality is the most important assessment criteria when distributing the funds.

The fund constantly works to ensure the best conditions for free curiosity-driven research in Denmark. Among other things this is done through the research advisory services which the Fund provides to the Minister for Higher Education and Science, the Danish Parliament and the Danish Government.

On a regular basis, the fund is furthermore in dialogue with significant stakeholders with a view to ensuring that Danish research creates the best possible research results in benefit to the Danish society.

Furthermore, the Independent Research Fund Denmark strengthens the dissemination and application of research findings as well as participates in international research collaboration.

Independent Research Fund Denmark is comprised of a Board of Directors and five scientific research councils.

Read Independent Research Fund Denmark's strategy 2018-2020