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Danish fund commits kr1bn to blue-sky science

Independent Research Fund Denmark is to support “pioneering” research with 1 billion Danish kroner (€132 million), focusing on long-term projects.

The money is expected to be awarded to excellent proposals of the “highest international quality”, the funder said in an announcement on 27 May. Independent Research Fund Denmark is looking for original ideas, including those from postdocs and researchers wishing to work internationally.

“Danish researchers are already among the world elite, and it is crucial that we continue to ensure they have the best opportunities,” said David Dreyer Lassen, chairman of the research fund. “Scientists are the seismographers of society—they are among the first to ask new questions of ourselves and the world around us.”

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