Deadline for applications was 9 May 2018 at 09.00

VELUX FONDEN wishes to contribute to a Danish marine environment in balance.

Plastic pollution in the sea is a growing environmental problem, and there is a need for comprehensive knowledge about types of pollution, effects on the ecosystems of the sea, spreading of the pollution, sustainable alternatives, etc. in order to develop efficient and climate neutral transition strategies.

VELUX FONDEN wishes to support research in marine plastic pollution. Photo:  Plastic Change/Kimo

Interdisciplinary research environment

We therefore wish to support the establishment of an interdisciplinary research environment for marine plastic pollution in Denmark, either as an interdisciplinary centre for marine plastic pollution or as a Chair (professorship in marine plastic pollution).

A centre will gather relevant partners from various Danish institutions and professional competences and create broad, coordinated expertise within the area. Thus, it is desired to establish an interdisciplinary centre without walls.

A Chair will establish a unifying and coordinating platform among Danish and international institutions that will develop and utilise the overall expertise as best as possible. Thus, it is desired to establish an interdisciplinary research environment around the selected Chair.

It is of essential importance that the research environment relates to the international direction/development. 


DKK 20m has been allocated for a period of 4-5 years, in addition to possible co-financing from the participating research institutions.

It should be emphasised that the involved researchers must spend the majority of their time on research within the centre’s activities.


Applications will be evaluated on basis of the following criteria:

  • Interdisciplinary, original, innovative, action-oriented research at a high international level
  • An internationally acclaimed and outgoing director of centre / Chair
  • Potential environmental effect which proves that research reaches the decision-makers

The foundation’s evaluation process will be conducted in two stages.

  • Stage 1: Preliminary evaluation of the various applicants
  • Stage 2: Selected applications will be evaluated by external reviewers and the individual applicants will be invited to an interview with the foundation.

The application must be in English.

The application must be max. 10 pages (including relevant attachments) and must include the following:

  • A professionally motivated description of the proposed centre’s / selected Chair’s profile.
  • An overall research plan with suggested work packages.
  • A description of the centre’s / the selected Chair’s innovative and interdisciplinary elements.
  • A description/account of the research institution’s past work and research within the areas and how the director of the centre / the selected Chair will contribute to its future development.
  • A description of the participating researchers’ competences and roles in the centre /the chosen team attached to the selected Chair.
  • Letter of approval from the host institution and the participating researchers.
  • Budget and CV’s of the director of the centre / Chair including central researchers should be attached to the application. Please find budget guidelines in the online application portal (link below).

Deadline for applications was 9 May 2018 at 09.00

Focusing on Danish sea areas

VELUX FONDEN wishes to contribute to a sustainable balance between the use and the conservation of marine resources.

If you have any questions please contact:


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