The object of the VILLUM Investigator Programme is to fund researchers with the potential to make a significant contribution to science and technology research at a Danish research institution.

The ideal applicant is an active investigator who for 10 years or more has demonstrated international, pioneering research of the highest scientific standard.

This programme is for researchers who have demonstrated considerable originality and outstanding research results, and calls for competitive applications are made every other year. The grant is for six years, after which period, grantees are permitted to reapply in competition with other applicants.

The grant total is DKK 20-40 million, including start-up costs, and a proportion of the grant must be used for hiring a secretary, assistant or the like to relieve the researcher of administrative burdens. The research must be conducted at a Danish research institution. If the researcher is already employed at a Danish educational institution, this may be selected as the basis, but there is also the option of moving institution if relevant for the research.

In 2017 we have awarded grants to  11 VILLUM Investigators, with research to commence in mid-2017. 

DKK 400 million for 11 top researchers

In march 2017 VILLUM FONDEN granted DKK 400 million for 11 experienced and highly acknowledged researchers within the technical and natural sciences.