The Carlsberg Foundation Research Prizes

Each year, the Carlsberg Foundation awards two major prizes to researchers who have made a crucial contribution to basic research: one in the field of natural sciences and one in the field of either humanities or social sciences.

The Carlsberg Foundation Research Prizes were instituted in 2011 to mark the bicentenary of the birth of founder J.C. Jacobsen. Each prize of DKK 1 million is awarded on the recommendation of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.

Excellent research

The objective of the Carlsberg Foundation Research Prizes is to support two active researchers, in Denmark or abroad, who have made crucial contributions to basic research and enjoy widespread scientific recognition. Each prizewinner receives DKK 1 million; DKK 250,000 for personal use and DKK 750,000 to help fund a research project. The prizes are intended to encourage further research and the money may be spent as needed on international studies, fieldwork, laboratory equipment or remuneration for scientific assistance.

Previous prizewinners

2017: Professor of theology Mette Birkedal Bruun and professer of chemistry Karl Anker Jørgensen

2016: Professor of mathematics, Tobias Holck Colding and professor of international development law Morten Broberg

2015: Andreas Roepstorff (professor of cognition, communication and culture) and Jens Kehlet Nørskov (professor of physics)

2014: Gitte Moos Knudsen (professor of neurobiology) and Jesper Ryberg (professor of philosophy)

2013: Jørgen Christensen-Dalsgaard (professor of astronomy) and Claus Bundesen (professor of psychology)

2012: Ole Wæver (professor of international relations) and Kristian Helin (professor of molecular biology)

2011: Lene Vestergaard Hau (professor of physics) and Dan Zahavi (professor of philosophy)

Prizegiving ceremony

The Carlsberg Foundation Research Prizes are presented annually at a distinguished event held at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. The prizegiving is followed by dinner in the ceremonial hall.