Call for project ideas for the HUMpraxis interdisciplinary program

VELUX FONDEN wants to address major societal challenges by coming up with fruitful solutions arrived at by humanities researchers working in close partnership with the local councils, civil-society institutions and groups who are directly involved in the challenges,

The HUMpraxis programme makes grants to projects in which practitioners and university-affiliated researchers specialising in the humanities, in close, equal and interactive collaboration, come up with practical solutions and new basic-research insights that can lead to the development of scientific theory.

HUMpraxis grants 2019

The VELUX FONDEN HUMpraxis is currently funding five projects looking into topics such as: the social motivations and barriers to eating a climate-friendly diet, identity amongst people suffering from dementia and the use of artificial-intelligence enabled devices by the blind.

We now invite applicants to submit project ideas related to one of the following programme areas:


We welcome projects that focus on societal innovation for at-risk children, young adults, adults or the elderly. Proposals should relate to a specific context and result from the close collaboration of the researchers, civil-society institutions and public agencies involved. Successful applications will be innovative and include ideas, tools and methods that can be applied in other situations.


We welcome proposals for identifying specific and significant challenges that affect the quality of life of at-risk elderly. Such proposals include, but are not limited to: the relationship between care-giving, institutional practices and social, educational or ethical issues that can lead to the development of practices, or to ways that at-risk elderly can live more independently, such as through the use of rehabilitation. Successful applications will focus the research process on at-risk elderly, their relatives and, where relevant, their caregivers, and be able to present ways to make measurable improvements in the lives of at-risk elderly.


We welcome projects that contribute new knowledge and insights into the biggest threats facing wildlife, the climate and the environment. Such projects could take the form of studies of cultural norms, institutional practices and social or ethical issues that can lead to the development of new recommendations, policy proposals or changed practices that will have a positive environmental impact. Successful applications will focus on innovative methods and forms of collaboration.

Requirements for applicants for all three areas
  • The project must address a major societal issue.
  • The research element and the practical elements must be distinct and each must be closely integrated into the overall project in a way that makes them mutually dependent. Pure research projects or pure development projects will not be approved.
  • Practitioners and their organisations, as well as research institutions, can apply. The research element must be carried out by a university-affiliated researcher specialising in a humanities field, the most closely related social sciences (anthropology, psychology, politics and sociology) or a public-health field related to human sciences. Vocational institutions and other institutions where research activity takes place can be included in a project with university researchers.
  • Projects must contain a basic science element in the form of theory development or the like. They may not consist solely of follow-up research, data-collection or evaluation. Projects in which the research element is solely follow-up will not be considered.

Download templates

Templates for expressing interest and submitting a budget can be found in the application section.

  • Download the template for expressing interest and save the file before you begin to fill it out
  • You are not required to submit a budget. The template is in the format used by Danish universities


Application portal and templates

Timeline and funding framework
  • 3 March, 1pm: Deadline for submitting expressions of interest. Template must be used. In addition, CVs for the researcher and practitioner must be submitted. (CVs should be no more than two pages and preferably include active links)
  • Mid-April: All applicants receive answers
  • Mid-April: Selected applicants invited to submit full application and extended an offer to attend informational meetings in May. Projects will be eligible for maturation funding of up to DKK 100,000
  • 20 August: Deadline for submitting full applications
  • Mid-November: Applicants informed of final decision


DKK 30 million has been allocated for grants in 2020

Funds can be used towards:

  • Compensation / salary for practitioners, project staff and project management
  • PhD or postdoctoral fellowships or compensation for research staff
  • Practice-related activities
  • Project-specific costs, including but not limited to: operation, publications, meetings, conferences
  • Dissemination of results, methods and activities
  • Further guidelines are included with the VELUX FONDEN budget template
  • Projects may not directly promote specific commercial interests, purposes or parties

Read more about the purpose, framework and timeline for the HUMpraxis programme


Projects must involve the participation of university-affiliated researchers specialising in the humanities (as well as relevant researchers from other research institutions), and practitioners from the public sector and / or a civil-society institution working in closely integrated and collaborative relationships. The expression of interest will only be considered if the relationship is established at the time of submission. Statements of intent are not sufficient.

The overall project must make a decisive contribution to the realisation of the practical element’s purpose. Its outcome, to include the type and level of its results, must have been made possible solely by the research element.


We prefer that projects include co-financing, but there is no limit on the proportion of the grant that can be used to compensate researchers.


Budgets can be submitted if desired, but they are only required when submitting the full application. Budgets should be submitted using the VELUX FONDEN template.


General CVs (not more than two pages) for applicants and participants should be submitted in PDF format. Active links to individual / PURE profiles are helpful.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.



Henrik Tronier
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VELUX FONDEN
+ 45 29 41 79 07

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Vibeke Lybecker
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VELUX FONDEN
+45 23 80 69 80


Mikkel Klougart
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VELUX FONDEN
+ 45 23 28 36 74


Lise Bonnevie
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VELUX FONDEN
+45 23 81 56 54