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DKK 30 million for research into the foods of the future

Professor Milena Corredig from the Department of Food Science at Aarhus University will receive a grant of DKK 30 million from the VILLUM FOUNDATION. The grant will be used for research within future food processes.

Professor Milena Corredig from the Department of Food Science will receive DKK 30 million for the project "Future proofing processing of biopolymers in food (REPROOF)".


Our food system must be more sustainable and robust. It is necessary to develop strategies for future processing of food raw materials without compromising on safety, stability or appeal, while at the same time minimising waste of resources and optimising nutritional value. 



Only an integrated food systems approach can deliver fundamental knowledge and new smart processing approaches to control the dynamics of the interactions between complex food biomolecules.
Milena Corredigs research will enable more resilient food processes, and inspire a new generation of scientists working at the interface between engineering, biochemistry and food physics.    


Milena Corredig is a professor at the Department of Food Science at Aarhus University and head of CiFood – Aarhus University Centre For Innovative Food Research. She conducts research into the design and processing of food products, and her research intersects food biochemistry, food processing and materials science.

"I am humbled and thrilled of becoming a Villum investigator. This will give me the opportunity to focus on my long term research vision,  and train the next generation of scientist in a much needed area of research: processing future food," she says. 

The Villum Investigator programme supports experienced and internationally recognised researchers who has the potential to make a significant contribution to research in the technical and natural sciences at a Danish university.

The ten researchers who are now titled Villum Investigators and will receive grants of between DKK 25 – 40 million all have at least ten years of ground-breaking research behind them.

They have been selected from among 72 applicants according to international practice. This practice includes review of applications by the Villum Foundation working group, peer review by three independent peers and final selection by the Board of the Foundation. The duration of a grant is six years.     

Read more about the project and the grant here.