The Velux Foundations award more than half a million kroner to our data collection

On 30 April 2020, the project Standing together – at a distance: how Danes are living with the corona crisis received a grant of DKK 545,000 from the VELUX FOUNDATIONS.

This grant was awarded as part of the VELUX FOUNDATIONS’ special pool for data-collection projects related to studying Covid-19. The Foundation’s Board of Directors awarded a total of DKK 5.5 million to 13 projects anchored in the humanities and social sciences that are exploring how the Covid-19 crisis affects our lives and communities. Read more about the grant recipients here (in Danish).

A condition for the grant is that the Standing together project contact other relevant grantees from the pool to coordinate and collaborate on the data collection as much as possible. This will ensure that maximum synergy can be achieved, and that comprehensive data material on the societal, cultural, and social consequences of Covid-19 is gathered.

Grant recipient Klaus Høyer, Professor at the Department of Public Health, said: “By working together to create complementary projects and share insights, we can look forward to learning much more – both about the Covid-19 virus [SARS-CoV-2] itself, and about the strengths and weaknesses of the approaches, methods, and forms of analysis that we each contribute to understanding its impact.”

Another condition of the grant is that, as much as possible, full accessibility to the data collected must be permitted so that it can be used by other data-collection projects. It is the Foundations’ hope that, with this grant, the Standing together researchers will help to gather and make available a comprehensive and wide-ranging database that will contribute to research projects that subsequently obtain a deeper understanding of the societal, cultural, and social consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

For more than 35 years, the VELUX FOUNDATIONS have supported ageing, ophthalmological, and humanities research as well as social and cultural projects that contribute to a sustainable society. Read more about the VELUX FOUNDATIONS here.


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