The University of Copenhagen lands 9 out of 12 new data science grants from the Novo Nordisk Foundation
With its new major Data Science Initiative, the Novo Nordisk Foundation makes it clear that data science gets increasingly important in the sciences, and the distribution of grants marks the University of Copenhagen’s expertise in this field.
The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) showed its strength in data research when the Novo Nordisk Foundation shortly before Christmas 2020 distributed grants based on its new Data Science Initiative.
Nine out of twelve awarded grants went to UCPH-driven projects. In total, the projects receive a little less than DKK 114 million for data research.
The success pleases Christian Igel, Director of the SCIENCE AI Centre and Professor of Machine Learning at the Department of Computer Science.
- At the AI Centre, we support the exploitation of the vast potential that lies in bringing together excellence in artificial intelligence and other research areas. It is a pleasure to see when talented researchers receive funding to realize scientific ideas in that spirit, says Christian Igel.
Five research leaders, two collaborations, and two research infrastructure projects receive funding
The data research grants from the Novo Nordisk Foundation are given for three different purposes.
The first is the development of research leaders at different stages of their careers. Here, three young UCPH researchers have received grants, while two experienced researchers from the Department of Mathematical Sciences have received grants aimed at established professors.
The second purpose is major research collaborations, where two grants have been awarded, both of which have professors from the Department of Biology as coordinators.
The last purpose is the establishment of computer science infrastructures, where both of the approved projects also went to UCPH researchers. However, one project will have its home at Rigshospitalet.
The nine new data projects
Data Science Investigator Grants:
- Julius Kirkegaard, Postdoc, Niels Bohr Institute
- Bulat Ibragimov, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
- Tugce Karaderi, Assistant Professor, Center for Health Data Science
- Susanne Ditlevsen, Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences
- Niels Richard Hansen, Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Grants for establishing research infrastructures:
- Anders Krogh, Professor, Center for Health Data Science and Department of Computer Science
- Gitte Moos Knudsen, Clinical Professor, Rigshospitalet
Grants for collaborative research:
- Ole Winther, Professor, Department of Biology
- Anders Krogh and Wouter Boomsma, Department of Computer Science
- Aasa Feragen-Hauberg, Søren Hauberg, and Jes Frellsen (DTU Compute),
- Søren Sørensen, Professor, Department of Biology
- Simon Rasmussen (Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, UCPH)
- Alexander Sczyrba (Bielefeld University).