Application deadline is 20 June 2018 at at 10 am.

VILLUM FONDEN is pleased to announce a competition for the appointment of outstanding early career scientists as VILLUM Young Investigators. An amount of DKK 150 million is allocated to this call.

The VILLUM Young Investigator Programme is an early career programme which aims to fund talented researchers in technical and natural sciences. 

At the time of application applicants are expected to have 3-7 years of research experience since completion of their PhD. Applicants are typically experienced postdoctoral researchers, assistant professor or associate professors. Associate professors must have no more than two years' standing. Any leaves of absence such as working in industry and military/sick/parental/care leave will be taken into account.

Applicants are selected on the basis of their research accomplishments, creativity and potential to become research leaders.

Applicants must have a clearly-defined research goal for the next five years and the research must be of such scope that it requires the formation of a research group.

The grant amount is DKK 7-10 million to cover a research period of up to five years.

We do not fund studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice.

Assessment and selection

The assessment and selection procedure is divided into two steps.

Step 1: The VILLUM Young Investigator Committee evaluates the applications based on the Terms of Reference and recommends to the board of VILLUM FONDEN which applicants should be invited for an interview. 

Step 2: Based on the application and the interview with the applicant, the Committee recommends to the board of VILLUM FONDEN which applicants from Step 2 should receive a VILLUM Young Investigator grant.

Important dates:

  • 6 April 2018: Announcement of the call
  • 20 June 2018: Deadline for applications
  • 29 October 2018: Rejection or invitation for an interview in November 2018
  • 12, 13 and 14 November 2018: Interviews with the selected applicants
  • 22 December 2018: Rejection or approval of grant
VILLUM Young Investigator Committee
  • Professor Dorte Juul Jensen, DTU MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, Technical University of Denmark (Chair)
  • Professor Bart de Moor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Professor Charlotte Fløe Kristjansen, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
  • Professor Owen Lewis, Brasenose College, University of Oxford
  • Professor Susanne Mandrup, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark
  • Professor Helmut Bölcskei, Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering and Department of Mathematics, ETH
  • Professor Jenny Emnéus, DTU NANOTECH, Technical University of Denmark
  • Professor Bo Elberling, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen
  • Professor Duncan Sutherland, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Aarhus University
Conditions

A VILLUM Young Investigator is appointed for a maximum of five years, at a Danish university.

A VILLUM Young Investigator grant is expected to be a “defining grant”, i.e. a grant that enables the grantee to establish their first own research group and allows the grant recipient to demonstrate the applicant’s independent leadership in science.

Applicants are expected to have 3-7 years of research experience since completion of their PhD.

Associate professors must have no more than two years' standing.

If, at the time of the submission deadline, applicants are employed by the University within a tenure track programme or has a tenured position, the salary of the VILLUM Investigator will continue to be paid by the host institution throughout the five-year period as a VILLUM Young Investigator.

Any leaves of absence such as working in industry and military/sick/parental/care leave will be taken into account. The extended period is calculated as the actual number of months of leave. The period of any leave must be stated in the applicant’s CV on page 1 (specified by the number of months, year and nature of the leave).

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

VILLUM FONDEN has focus on equal opportunities throughout the assessment process and funding period.

Please note that from 2019 (next year’s call) only applicants with 2-8 years of research experience since completion of their PhD can apply. Any leaves of absence such as working in industry and military/sick/parental/care leave will be taken into account.

Application
  • Application. Guidelines (download application guidelines). 
  • CV, max. two pages and publication list from the last 10 years; CV must include a list of current research support.
  • Budget form. (download budget template). The VILLUM Young Investigator grant is flexible. Applicants may apply for DKK 7-10 million for a period of up to five 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. Regarding salary of the applicant, please see 'Conditions'.
  • Letter of support. A letter must be supplied by the institute/department expected to host the VILLUM Young Investigator clearly demonstrating the department’s support and recognition of the application.  

The department must state that applicants who are not within a tenure-track programme has the scientific qualifications of a candidate eligible to enter a tenure-track programme at a Danish university.        

The department is encouraged to comment on the possibility for the applicant to enter a tenure-track programme at the host institution should the application be granted.                                                              

The letter of support is important to the foundation and may be used in the final ranking of two equally qualified candidates from the same institution.

The documents above must all be submitted as pdf files.

It is required 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 queries 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.

FAQ

My application was rejected in 2017. Can I apply in 2018?

You may apply in 2018, unless it was otherwise specified in the letter of rejection.

What is meant by research group?

A research group is a minimum of three researchers, i.e. one grant holder/PI and two other researchers, e.g. one PhD student and one postdoc.

What is meant by tenure-track?

Tenure-track is a classification that relates primarily to a position on assistant professor level (assistant professorship/postdoc/researcher) in the running for a more permanent position as associate professor/senior researcher; for more info se e.g.

If you are not within a tenure-track programme at the time of your application, your department must state you have the scientific qualifications of a candidate eligible to enter a tenure-track programme at a Danish university.                                                                                                                                                                                           

What is meant by two years’ standing?

If you have been employed as an associate professor for more than two years, i.e. prior to 1 July 2016 according to your contract, you cannot apply. Any leaves of absence such as working in industry and military/sick/parental/care leave will be taken into account.

Ready to apply?

Application deadline is 20 June 2018 at 10 am.

DKK 153m for 18 young research talents

In January 18 young and promising researchers from four Danish universities received a total of DKK 153 million from VILLUM FONDEN's Young Investigator Programme.

Contact us, if you need further information:

Michel M.H. Kristensen
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VILLUM FONDEN
Phone: 
+ 45 29 41 78 89
Thomas Bjørnholm
Executive Chief Scientific Officer, professor, VILLUM FONDEN
Phone: 
+45 28 75 18 35