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DFF - Sapere Aude

Deadline - 23rd of March 2022
Amount - 4.3 millions excluding overhead for 4 years

Phone: +45 7231 8200
Webpage: DFF call 2021

In order to promote the education of researchers and strengthen internationalisation, DFF offers the instrument Sapere Aude (i.e. ”dare to know”). The objective of the initiative is to develop the qualifications and competencies of the best research talents, both nationally and internationally. Sapere Aude: DFF-Starting Grant is aimed at Danish as well as non-Danish researchers. You can apply for a Sapere Aude: DFF-Starting Grant of up to 4 years’ duration and a maximum amount of DKK 4.300.000, excluding overhead.
Sapere Aude: DFF-Starting Grant is aimed at providing excellent younger researchers, i.e. researchers who have carried out top class research in their field, with the opportunity to develop and strengthen their research ideas. The instrument also aims at promoting careers, the mobility internationally as well as nationally among research environments, and thereby to strengthen networks. Sapere Aude: DFF-Starting Grants are targeted at top researchers who intend to gather a group of researchers and/or research students, to carry out a research project at a high, international level. Sapere Aude: DFF-Starting Grant also strengthens the possibility for excellent younger researchers to return to a Danish research institution after a research stay abroad.
DFF expects that a Sapere Aude: DFF-Starting Grant prepares the grant recipient to apply for an ERC Starting Grant, Consolidator Grant, Advanced Grant, or a similar international programme.
It is expected that DFF will award approx. 32 grants in 2022.

Applicant requirements
Sapere Aude: DFF-Starting Grant 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 (e.g. a positive assistant professorship evaluation (”adjunktbedømmelse”), and who have demonstrated the ability to carry out original research at a high, international level. The date on which you were awarded your PhD degree, as stated on your PhD diploma, must be stated in the application form in e-grant (see section 4.3.5 for calculation of PhD age in relation to maternity/paternity leave, etc.). Previous management experience and mobility will be counted positively in the assessment of your application.
If the applicant is not an associate professor and has not been awarded a positive associate professor assessment (“lektorbedømmelse”) and the project involves the education of researchers, it must be stated in the application how the relevant supervision will be provided, and how the scientific connection of the research students to the project will be ensured.

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