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04 February 2013

UCPH's 2016 Funds

Dynamical Systems Interdisciplinary Network, University of Copenhagen, has received DKK 28 million from UCPH Excellence Programme for Interdisciplinary Research.

The international review panel has now selected the projects which will receive UCPH's 2016 Funds. The panel was impressed with the high quality of the applications.

The projects which will receive funding from UCPH Excellence Programme for Interdisciplinary Research - also known as the 2016 Funds – have now been selected. A total of DKK 400 million has been allocated to 18 research projects at the University.

The Funds, which comes from the University's equity capital, was established by the Board in June to strengthen the interdisciplinary research and collaboration in education.

Impressive high quality

Members of the international review panel were impressed with the very high quality of the applications, and they found it difficult to deselect half of the projects:

- There were many good applications, and it was stimulating to read and discuss the projects in the review panel. I think everyone on the panel will return home and investigate if something similar can be done in our own universities, although it probably will be on a smaller scale - even at the American universities, says rector at the University of Tromsø, Jarle Aarbakke, who was a member of the review panel.

Jarle Aarbakke was also impressed with the size of the funds and the way the call for proposals was drafted.

The Rectorate is also satisfied with the result:

- There are strong indications that the University's first Programme of Excellence, which was awarded in 2007 and focused on excellent basic research, has strengthened our competitiveness in relation to basic research funding. It will be interesting to see if the current distribution of the programme of excellence for interdisciplinary research, with a focus on excellent research combined with problem-oriented cooperation across faculties, will increase our competitiveness in relation to the strategic foundations in Denmark and the EU, says prorector Thomas Bjørnholm.