Application deadline is 18 June 2019 at 12.00 noon
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.
We do not support...
... health or veterinary research, i.e. research focused on the health of humans and animals, including nutrition, medicine, biomedicine, pharmacology and research within diagnostics and methods for examination and treatment.
We do not support research which has its main root at university hospitals or at health science faculties and departments, e.g. DTU Health Tech or UCPH Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
At the time of the application deadline candidates must have 2-8 years of research experience since completion of their PhD’s. Applicants are typically experienced postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors 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 for becoming 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.
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.
- 8 April 2019: Announcement of the call
- 18 June 2019 at 12:00 noon: Deadline for applications
- 31 October 2019: Rejection or invitation for an interview
- 13, 14 and 15 November 2019: Interviews with the selected applicants
- 22 December 2019: Rejection or approval of grant
This information is given for reasons of transparency. Under no circumstances should peer committee members be contacted by applicants, potential applicants or potential host institutions.
- Professor Dorte Juul Jensen, DTU Mechnical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (Chair)
- 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 Bo Elberling, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen
- Professor Duncan Sutherland, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Aarhus University
- Professor Hans Ågren, Department of Theoretical Chemistry and Biology, Royal Institute of Technology
- Professor Lars Samuelson, Solid State Physics, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University
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 his/her first own research group and allows the grant recipient to demonstrate the applicant’s independent leadership in science.
Applicants are not eligible if they have received an ERC Starting Grant, Sapere Aude Research Leader Grant, Novo Nordisk Hallas-Møller Investigator Grant, Carlsberg Foundation Distinguished Fellowships or similar grant targeting young promising research leaders for establishing their own research group and profile.
Applicants must have 2-8 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/maternity/paternity/care leave will be taken into account. The extended period is calculated as the actual number of months of leave, except for maternity/paternity leave: 1 week of leave = 2 weeks of deduction. 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 Young Investigator is transferred to another host institution within Denmark.
VILLUM FONDEN has focus on equal opportunities throughout the assessment process and funding period.
We do not support...
- health or veterinary research, i.e. research focused on the health of humans and animals, including nutrition, medicine, biomedicine, pharmacology and research within diagnostics and methods for examination and treatment.
- research which has its main root at university hospitals or at health science faculties and departments, e.g. DTU Health Tech or UCPH Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
- Application. Guidelines (download application guidelines below).
- 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 below). The Villum Young Investigator grant is flexible. Applicants may apply for DKK 7-10 million for a period of up to five years, including 15% indirect costs 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 have 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.
When a decision is made between two equally qualified applicants, the candidate with a tenure track faculty position or similar permanent affiliation will be preferred.
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.
My application was rejected in 2018. Can I apply in 2019?
You may apply in 2019 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 see 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 2017 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?
Deadline is 18 June 2019 at 12.00 noon
Villum Young Investigators 2019
In January 21 young and promising researchers from four Danish universities received a total of DKK 205 million from Villum Young Investigator Programme.