Denmark invests greatly in basic research

The Danish National Research Foundation invests 350 million DKK in basic research, and establishes 8 new research centres for a five-year period. "Strong basic research environments are crucial in order to educate a new generation of young researchers with the competence we need to strengthen the development in all areas," says chairman of the board, Klaus Bock.
The centres cover many scientific fields, from DNA nano technology to ecomomy. Competition was stiff, starting off with 144 applications. "This year‘s many qualified proposals show a great vitality and width in Danish basic research, however, this made it necessary for us to prioritise between many highly qualified applicants," says Bock.