Every year, VELUX FONDEN supports eye research with DKK 13m.

Our senses are challenged with age, and nearly all of us experience gradual vision impairment. We become far-sighted, develop night-blindness, cataract or glaucoma.

Since 1981, VELUX FONDEN has granted funds for a wide range of eye research projects, covering a spectrum from basic laboratory research and epidemiological studies to clinical trials. We still endeavour to ensure a wide funding practice and support eye research with grants of DKK 13m each year.

The objective is to support clinically relevant, high-quality eye research, which can thus benefit patients.

We prioritise applications that address major eye diseases which cause significant loss of vision or blindness. In particular, we encourage applications for multidisciplinary research projects that contribute to creation and support of mobility and synergy between research groups in Denmark or internationally.

We are currently not accepting applications within ophthalmology.

Scholarship for young eye researchers

VELUX FONDEN offers a number of scholarships for young eye researchers. The scholarships are targeted at medical students who can use it during a research year at one of the Danish universities’ faculties of medicine or at the hospitals’ ophthalmological departments.

The main theme of the scholar project must be promising eye research and projects driven by a high relevance to eye research. Both basic research and clinical projects can be considered under this theme, and interdisciplinary projects can also apply for funding.

The scholar project may be a continuation of the student’s Master’s thesis.

Read the current notice and application requirements

Large collaborative projects

VELUX FONDEN supports research projects on eye diseases that cause significant visual impairment or blindness.

The foundation wishes to promote projects that support the individual departments’ research strategies. If there are different applications from the same department, the research directors should choose which to prioritise.

The foundation focuses on multidisciplinary research projects that are based in or linked to one or more Danish ophthalmology departments. The projects must promote collaboration with other Danish or international research groups. They must contribute to creating and supporting excellence, mobility and synergy. Among other things, researchers can apply for funding for establishing a visiting professorship, hosting an international PhD school, or similar mobility-promoting initiatives.

VELUX FONDEN strives to ensure a funding practice based on diversity that prioritises epidemiological and clinical research as well as laboratory research. Basic scientific laboratory research should have a clear clinical objective. Applicants should account for how their projects will focus on citizen involvement.

The application deadline in 2022 is April 8.

Supported projects:

Through the years, VELUX FONDEN has made grants to a broad range of ophthalmology projects, including basic lab research, epidemiological studies and clinical studies.

Medical students try out their aptitude for basic research

Multi-centre projects to advance Danish ophtalmology

Contact us
Frank Ulmer Jørgensen
Senior Adviser, Head of Programme, VELUX FONDEN
+ 45 29 41 81 35