Please note: deadline for application has passed

The aim of VILLUM Investigator Programme is to support researchers who have the potential to make significant contributions to technical and natural sciences.

It is expected that the VILLUM Investigators identify and pursue significant research questions and that they push their chosen research fields and/or methods into new areas of investigations.

Applicants to the VILLUM Investigator Programme are expected to be active researchers who have a track record of significant and excellent research achievements in the last 10 years.


A VILLUM Investigator is appointed for a six-year renewable period, at a Danish university or another Danish research institution. Applicants may apply for up to DKK 40 million.

VILLUM Investigators are required to devote at least 75% of their total effort to the direct conduct of technical and/or natural sciences and education. Applicants with administrative responsibilities or other duties inconsistent with this time commitment may apply, but must reduce those other commitments to be granted VILLUM Investigator.

If, at the time of the submission deadline, applicants hold a tenured position at the institution where his or her VILLUM Investigator appointment would be made, the salary of the VILLUM Investigator will continue to be paid by the host institution throughout the six-year period as a VILLUM Investigator.

VILLUM FONDEN may in special cases accept that an already granted VILLUM Investigator is transferred to another host institution within Denmark.


The assessment and selection process is divided into two steps.

Step 1: The Foundation's Research Committee on Technical and Natural Sciences evaluates the applications based on the Terms of Reference and recommends to the board of VILLUM FONDEN which applications should be subjected to an external peer review. The selected applicants will also be invited to an interview.

Step 2: Based on the application, three independent peer reviews, the applicant's written reply to the peer reviews, and an interview with the applicant, the committee recommends to the board of VILLUM FONDEN which applicants should receive a VILLUM Investigator grant.

Important dates

28 September 2016: Deadline for applications

22 December 2016: Rejection or invitation to interview

16 January 2017: Peer reviews are forwarded to the selected applicants

26 January 2017: Deadline for applicant's comments on peer reviews

8-10 February 2017: Interviews for the selected applicants

15 March 2017: Rejection or approval of grant

The Research Committee on Technical and Natural Sciences

MSc., PhD Anja Boisen, Professor, Department of Micro and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, board member, VILLUM FONDEN

MSc., PhD Anne S. Meyer, Professor and Head of Centre, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, external member

MSc., PhD Björn Ottersten, Professor and Founding Director of Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, University of Luxembourg, external member

MSc., PhD Guy Marin, Professor and Director of The Laboratory for Chemical Technology, Ghent University, external member

MSc., PhD Peter Landrock, President, Cryptomathic A/S, board member, VILLUM FONDEN

MSc., PhD Poul Henrik Damgaard, Professor and Director, Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology, Niels Bohr Academy, external member


The application must contain the following documents:

  • Application (download guidelines below). Updated 23-05-2016: line spacing is 1.15 – changed from 1.5.

  • Research publications. Attach up to five research publications or other documented outputs that best describe your most important scientific achievements/discoveries during the last five years .

  • CV including a bibliography of ONLY the last 10 years of research publications and a list of current research support.

  • Budget form (download guidelines below). The VILLUM Investigator grant is large and flexible. Applicants may apply for up to DKK 40 million for a period of six years, including a 15% overhead to the host institution. The size of the budget is expected to reflect expenses typical for the proposed research field. The grant can be used to fund postdoctoral researchers, PhD students, equipment, technician and administrative assistance, and other customary project expenses.

  • Letter of support. A letter from the institution expected to host the VILLUM Investigator demonstrating its support and recognition of the application.

The documents above must all be submitted as pdf files. 

You will be asked to select your field(s) of research from a pick list in the application system. The field categories and a description of each category can be found here. You can select up to three fields of research or optionally type in a new category.    

It is mandatory that you provide us with your ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) which assures that you have a unique ID in our application system and helps us to distinguish you from every other researcher in relation to look-ups in databases such as Web of Science. You can obtain your ORCID here. Your ORCID must be typed in along with your contact information in the application system.


The application system allows me to add co-applicants. Is this required?
No, the VILLUM Investigator Programme is not designed for including co-applicants. The application system covers all our programmes and that’s the reason why the co-applicant option is available.

Are references included in the page limit in item H in the application guidelines?
No, references must be listed in item L. Please note that item L is a literature list and not a list of personal references. 

Is the PI required to spend 75% of the working hours on the VILLUM Investigator grant?
No, not necessarily. The PI is required to spend a suitable amount of time on the VILLUM Investigator grant and devote at least 75% of his/her total effort to the direct conduct of technical and/or natural sciences and education in general.

Ready to apply?

(The application deadline was 28 September 2016. Next call for applications is in 2018)

Please contact us if you need further information

Lars Arnskov Olsen
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VILLUM FONDEN
+ 45 26 17 08 39