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DKK 17.5 million for six research projects

For the first time ever, the Novo Nordisk Foundation has granted project funding earmarked specifically for basic research within the natural and technical sciences. Six researchers at the Faculty of Natural Sciences have received grants totalling more than DKK 17.5 million.

[Translate to English:] Luftfoto: Jørgen Weber
[Translate to English:] Luftfoto: Jørgen Weber

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has just awarded grants to 22 projects in Denmark as part of an open competition in a call for "Project support for the natural and technical sciences".

Common for all the projects is that they examine fundamental questions within the natural and technical sciences in Denmark and they have potential for interdisciplinary application within biomedicine, health or biotechnology. The 22 research projects have received funding totalling DKK 60 million, writes the Foundation.

At Aarhus University, six research projects at the Faculty of Natural Sciences have each received approx. DKK 3 million.

The recipients are: Professor Nikolaj Zinner, Department of Physics and Astronomy and Aarhus Institute of Advanced, who with Professor Ove Christiansen from the Department of Chemistry has received DKK 2.98 million for their project: Enabling Quantum Chemistry on Quantum Computers. Professor Birgit Schiøtt, head of the Department of Chemistry, has received DKK 2.99 million for her project: Modelling the Ectodomain of the Insulin Receptor. Associate Professor Frank Jensen, Department of Chemistry, has received DKK 2.97 million for his project: Systematic First-principle Force Fields (SF3). Professor Steen Brøndsted Nielsen, Department of Physics and Astronomy, has received DKK 2.93 million for his project: New Light on the Intrinsic Photophysics of Fluorescent Molecules from Gas-Phase Ion spectroscopy. Associate Professor Henrik Jensen, Department of Chemistry, has received DKK 2.98 million for his project: Fuelling the field of glycobiology through solution phase automation of oligosaccharide synthesis. Associate Professor Brian Julsgaard, Department of Physics and Astronomy and Inano has received DKK 2.71 million for his project: Understanding Semiconductors for Mid-IR Light Emitting Devices (USMILED).

New application round in June

The Novo Nordisk Foundation invites applications for project funding in natural and technical sciences once a year, and the next round of applications begins in June 2021, with a deadline for submission on 2 September 2021