CBS Professor joins the board of Independent Research Fund Denmark
With its new 2021-2023 strategy, “Grobund for nybrud”, the Independent Research Fund Denmark will create a breeding ground for breakthroughs with a focus on research quality, diversity, and the role of research in society. At the same time, the applicant's perspective becomes a central benchmark for the fund's strategic work.
The new appointment starting in the new year, Professor Nanna Mik-Meyer explains more about her role and expectations as a board member.
What challenges are you most looking forward to with this new appointment?
I really look forward to meeting the other members whose backgrounds will be different from my own. We all want the best conditions for free research, and I am really looking forward to discussing how we can achieve that with colleagues trained in different disciplines than my own.
As a new board member what will your role involve?
I am not sure yet. However, my guess is that discussions on the board will include conversations on how to strengthen non-strategic research, so that basic research will keep having a central place in the Danish political system. It is key that our politicians support free research and understand why it is important. I also suspect that my role could involve discussing how to make the application process - broadly speaking - even better. From my previous membership of FSE I have some concrete ideas. Finally, I think DFF is consulted in relation to a variety of topics related to research - so my guess is that we will discuss a range of different issues.
Tell me more about the new strategy "Grobund for nybrud" and your input with this?
In my mind it has to do with securing the best possible conditions for originality in research. It is important that DFF supports a variety of research - even ideas that breaks with our perception of what is possible. Again: DFF must be the place to turn too when you want to investigate research topics that may be difficult to get support from other foundations.