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What is a letter of interest?
A letter of interest is an introductory description of a project that may be the precursor to an actual application.
How long does it take to get a reply after I submit a letter of interest?
Up to two months.
How long does it take to make a decision on an application?
It typically takes between six and nine months from the date we receive an application until we issue a decision. All applicants receive an answer to their grant applications, sent by e-mail. We do not provide arguments as to why an application has been rejected. Read more about the application process.
When does VILLUM FONDEN’s board of directors meet?
VILLUM FONDEN’s board of directors meets five times a year. Between meetings, the working groups, which are made up of area experts and secretariat employees, meet to process applications.
When does VELUX FONDEN’s board of directors meet?
VELUX FONDEN’s board of directors meets six times a year. Between meetings, the working groups, which are made up of area experts and secretariat employees, meet to process applications.
Can I apply for a grant even if I have applied before?
Yes, provided the project falls within the area the foundations make grants to, and provided you are seeking funding for a new project.
Can I apply even if I have previously been awarded a grant?
Do the foundations limit their grants to their stated areas? What if I come up with an idea that doesn’t fall into one of the categories?
We are always willing to listen to and entertain new ideas.
Can I apply for a funding for a project that deals with multiple grant areas?
Yes. The foundations make grants to multi-disciplinary projects, for example large-scale projects that include both research and empirical evidence, or projects that involve multiple areas of research.
What types of projects are eligible for grants?
The foundations make grants to a number of different types of projects. Read more in the ‘What we fund’ section.
What is a philanthropic foundation?
A philanthropic foundation may not give financial support to projects that seek to further political, financial or commercial interests.
How much of a project’s funding may go to overhead or administration?
VELUX FONDEN and VILLUM FONDEN accept an amount of max. 5% of the total project budget for unforeseen expenses and general administrative expenses that are not directly attributable to the supported project´s increased strain on the Institute's resources.
The foundations also support specified additional expenses for administration attributable to the supported project´s increased strain on the Institute's resources, including extra costs for secretarial assistance, rent, IT, heating, electricity, phone, copying etc. The amount may not exceed 20% of the project´s costs.
In regards to grants from VILLUM FONDEN for technical and scientific research, your project (overhead) will be covered by a uniform 15% flat-rate of your eligible direct costs.