05 November 2019

Professor from the University of Copenhagen Appointed to the Board of Independent Research Fund Denmark

New board member

In the coming years, Mette Marie Rosenkilde from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences will be a part of the Independent Research Fund Denmark, which is involved in the selection and funding of risk willing research ideas across the country.

Professor Mette Marie Rosenkilde
Professor Mette Marie Rosenkilde

From the turn of the year, Independent Research Fund Denmark will have three new board members. One of them is Professor Mette Marie Rosenkilde from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

Together with eight other board members, she will thus lead Independent Research Fund Denmark into 2020, where one of the tasks will be the formulation of a new, three-year strategy for the fund.

'I am incredibly pleased and honoured by this board position and look forward to the important work of strengthening the conditions for independent research in Denmark,' says Mette Marie Rosenkilde.

Basic research for an annual billion

The primary objective of Independent Research Fund Denmark is to provide financial support for original ideas and initiatives within Danish research. Each year, the fund awards about 400 grants to research projects which, in total, amount to just under a billion Danish kroner.

In addition, the fund has an advisory role in relation to the Minister for Higher Education and Science, the government and the Danish parliament in matters concerning research questions.

The process is facilitated by 75 councillors divided on five scientific research councils. One of these is the Council for Medical Sciences, where seven out of eighteen seats from the turn of the year will be occupied by researchers from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

The council members are appointed by the fund’s board of directors on recommendation by the research communities, while the board members are appointed by the current minister of science. In both cases, the representatives are elected for a four-year term with an option of renewal for another two years.

Contact

Professor Mette Marie Rosenkilde
(+45) 30 60 46 08
rosenkilde@sund.ku.dk

Press Information Officer Anders Buch-Larsen
(+45) 93 50 94 24
anders.bl@sund.ku.dk