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

In Denmark the sea is never far away. The Danish coastline covers more than 7,000 km, and much of Denmark's territory is under water.

Aquatic life and the ecosystems beneath the ocean surface and along the coasts represent important natural assets for the entire nation, but in many parts of Denmark, like elsewhere, the marine environment is under pressure. Climate change, overfishing, nutrient pollution and invasive species are just some of the factors Danish waters are reacting to.

We wish to contribute to a stable balance between the use and the conservation of ocean resources so that marine eco-systems provide a robust basis for a sound and sustainable marine environment – for everyone.

What do we fund?

We fund targeted initiatives to contribute to a sound marine environment – across challenges and stakeholder interests. We primarily focus on funding projects that:

  •  on a large scale demonstrate how the sea can be a part of the solution
  • create dialogue and involve new target groups
  • create coherence and added value between different research areas (synthesis)

We give preference to supporting partnerships of diverse multiple stakeholders who have influence on potential solutions to a given issue of concern, or who are impacted by it. 

We're curious – share your idea with us

Before drafting your application, we recommend that you get in touch with us to outline your project and discuss it with us.

How to apply?

You can submit your application under the 'Environment' grant area at any time.

Applications that are consistent with our focus on the Danish marine environment are welcomed and considered on an ongoing basis.

In addition, we regularly publish special thematic calls with a specific focus. All the calls have an application deadline. Visit this page regularly for updates.

Ready to apply?

All applications must be submitted via our digital application portal.

Gain inspiration from previously granted projects

New Danish centre for research in marine plastic pollution

A grant of DKK 20 million from VELUX FONDEN will enable the establishment of a the centre.

Local marine projects

With the grants from VELUX FONDEN local capacities in Svendborg, Voersaa, Hundested, Odder and on Fanoe have the opportunity to make a difference for the marine environment in local waters and fjord .

Photo: JyllandsAkvariet

Five synthesis projects

In 2017, we granted DKK 10.5m for five projects on the Danish marine environment which bring together data, researchers and stakeholders in an interdisciplinary cross-sectoral project focusing on the balance of the marine ecosystem.

Sea status and potentials

In 2015, Professor Bo Riemann of Aarhus University published a status report on Denmark's marine environment and its main pressure factors.

The Danish Nature Fund

VILLUM FONDEN has contributed to the creation of the Danish Nature Fund. It is the aim and purpose of the Fund to promote the protection of nature and water environment in Denmark.

KR Foundation

A philanthropic foundation established by VILLUM FONDEN and the descendants of Villum Kann Rasmussen. The purpose of the Foundation is to address the root causes of climate change and environmental degradation.

Contact us if you have an idea for a project

We will be pleased to discuss your prospective project in detail, so give us a call or mail us to outline your ideas.

Mikkel Klougart
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VELUX FONDEN
+ 45 23 28 36 74
Conni E. Cederholm
Programme Coordinator, VILLUM FONDEN and VELUX FONDEN
+45 23 82 75 62