The primary aim of the Council is to support and promote the most original ideas and initiatives within Danish research.
On annual basis, the Danish Council for Independent Research awards 600 grants to research projects. In total, the grants amount to well over DKK 1 billion. In order to ensure that the grants are given to the absolutely best research projects, the grants will be allocated via open calls without thematic limitations. The Council supports specific time-limited research activities and scientific quality is the most important assessment criteria when distributing the funds.
The Council constantly works to ensure the best conditions for free curiosity-driven research in Denmark. Among other things this is done through the research advisory services which the Council provides to the Minister for Higher Education and Science, the Danish Parliament and the Danish Government.
On a regular basis, the Council is furthermore in dialogue with significant stakeholders with a view to ensuring that Danish research creates the best possible research results in benefit to the Danish society.
Furthermore, the Danish Council for Independent Research strengthens the dissemination and application of research findings as well as participates in international research collaboration.
The Danish Council for Independent Research is comprised of a Board of Directors and five scientific research councils.