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Frie Forskningsfond funds research on young people

Denmark’s national blue-sky research funder is to spend 50 million Danish kroner (€6.7m) from the government’s research reserve to fund studies aiming to better understand young people.

Danmarks Frie Forskningsfond, which mostly funds bottom-up projects but is also responsible for some thematic programmes, will distribute the money and has opened a call for proposals. The fund will pay out kr50m on research into “people and society”, including the effects of social media exposure on young people and their social mobility.

Other areas the funding should be used for are how children and young people learn and contribute to society. The resulting knowledge is expected to provide evidence for future Danish welfare programmes, the foundation said on 22 March.

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