Sapere Aude until 2016

Independent Research Fund Denmark has launched the research career programme Sapere Aude – a talent development initiative for the elite.

Please note that the Sapere Aude-Initiative has been changed. 

Up until 2015, the Sapere Aude Programme consisted of three funding instruments: DFF-Starting Grant, DFF-Advanced Grant and DFF-Research Talent. Due to the cuts in the national budget for 2016-2017, the Danish Council for Independent Research has decided to reduce the Sapere Aude Programme to only one funding instrument which will be the DFF-Starting Grant.


Processing of your application

Interviews in relation to Sapere Aude: DFF-Starting Grants 2016 and Sapere Aude: DFF-Advanced Grants 2016 will take place May 2016.

  • The goal is to develop the abilities of the best research talents, nationally and internationally.

    • Sapere (stress on the first syllable) means to think, understand, reflect. Independent use of reason is emphasised. A direct translation might be ‘dare to think for yourself’ or ‘dare the free thought’. This is what Kant wants to say in the text passage which made the words famous as a slogan for the Age of Enlightenment: /Sapere aude!/ Habe Mut dich deines eigenen Verstandes zu bedienen!/ ist also der Wahlspruch der Aufklärung. (1783)




Up until 2016


Who can apply?

The Sapere Aude programme is aimed at researchers who are pursuing a career within research and would like to conduct world-class research. The Council’s aim is to promote and strengthen Danish research, understood in a broad sense. Therefore, there are no requirements as to applicants’ citizenship, the location of research institutions or the specific venue for carrying out the research activities applied for. But in all cases, a general assessment criterion will be the extent to which the project applied for will benefit Danish research.

The programme is made up of three instruments: 

  1. Sapere Aude: DFF- Reserach Talent. To be considered for a Sapere Aude: DFF-Research Talent grant you must have applied for and been awarded a DFF-Individual Postdoctoral grant for the autumn 2015 or spring 2016 deadline. On the basis of the DFF-Individual Postdoctoral grant, the relevant Council can decide to award a further DKK 100.000 excluding overhead to the project for (further) international activities.
  2. Sapere Aude: DFF-Starting Grants is aimed at younger, very talented researchers who at the time of the application deadline and within the last eight years have obtained their PhD or achieved equivalent qualifications. It is expected that the applicants have demonstrated an ability to conduct research of a high international standard. The applicant will be given the opportunity to lead a project for up to 4 years.
  3. Sapere Aude: DFF-Advanced Grants is aimed at excellent researchers who at the time of the application deadline and within the last 20 years have obtained a PhD or achieved equivalent qualifications. It is expected that applicants have ambitious research goals which require a longer period dedicated to research. The instrument makes it possible to pursue inventive and ambitious goals by carrying out and leading a research project over a period of up to 5 years. 
last modified Jul 02, 2017