Three Science and Technology researchers awarded Sapere Aude grants

The Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF) has just awarded research funds as part of the Sapere Aude research career programme, and Science and Technology, Aarhus University, is represented with three researchers.

2013.06.07 | Mette Helm

DFF awards Sapere Aude grants every year, divided into three consecutive steps – Research Talent, Starting Grant and Advanced Grant.

Assistant Professor Nikolaj Thomas Zinner, Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been awarded a Starting Grant valued at approximately DKK 4.5 million for his research into the physics of few-body systems. Read more about Assistant Professor Zinner’s Starting Grant (in Danish only).

Two Science and Technology researchers have been awarded Advanced Grants – Professor Lars Birkedal, Department of Computer Science, and Professor Michael Rohr Drewsen, Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Professor Lars Birkedal, Department of Computer Science, has been awarded approximately DKK 12 million for his research into modular models and logics for parallel, higher-level imperative programs. Read more about Professor Birkedal’s Advanced Grant (in Danish only).

Professor Michael Rohr Drewsen, Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been awarded approximately DKK 12 million for his research into quantum manipulation of a single molecule. Read more about Professor Drewsen’s Advanced Grant (in Danish only).

What is Sapere Aude?

Sapere Aude is a research career programme that aims to develop the skills of the most talented researchers, nationally and internationally. The Latin expression sapere aude means ‘dare to think for yourself’ or ‘dare the free thought’.

The aim is to create career paths and keep hold of the most talented young researchers.

The programme consists of three steps and researchers at different stages of their career can apply:

  1. Research Talent is aimed at excellent young researchers at the postdoctoral or assistant professor level.
  2. Starting Grant is aimed at very talented researchers, typically at the associate professor level, who have completed their PhD within the last eight years and, after a period as a postdoctoral fellow or assistant professor, have demonstrated the ability to carry out original research of a high international standard.
  3. Advanced Grant is aimed at excellent researchers who have completed their PhD within the last twenty years and are qualified at the level of professor. The grant enables the researcher to pursue innovative and ambitious goals by carrying out and leading a research project over a period of five years.

Read more about Sapere Aude.

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