Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology is the largest individual Danish research award. It is given to a Danish researcher in recognition of a particularly valuable contribution to the technical and natural sciences.

The recipient of the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology is announced every year on 23 January - the birthday of Villum Kann Rasmussen (1909-93).

A total of 36 researchers have received the annual award since it was first given in 1987. The award includes a DKK 5 million award. Applications are not accepted.

VILLUM FONDEN’s board of directors selects the recipient of the annual award. The selection is made based on the recommendations of a panel that obtains statements about candidates from experts in the individual researcher’s field of specialisation.

Recipients of the annual award

The annual award medal

The annual award includes DKK 5 million and this medal with the silhouette of Villum Kann Rasmussen.

Astronomer Jens Hjorth receives Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award 2017

75th anniversary
In 2016, the VKR Group celebrated its 75th anniversary. On this occasion, the Board of VILLUM FONDEN decided to honor not just one, but two outstanding scientific researchers with Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology. Each scientist receives DKK 5 million.

Lone Gram – recipient of the 2016 Annual Award
Jens Stougaard – recipient of the 2016 Annual Award