Clinical eye care needs researchers in the short and long term

Our senses become less acute with age, and most of us will find that our eyesight is impaired to some degree. We become long-sighted, night-blind, develop cataracts or glaucoma. VELUX FONDEN is actively committed to sustaining research in ophthalmology in Denmark.

In 2019 VELUX FONDEN is planning to support ophtalmology with DKK 13m

Prority area

We support promising high-quality research and projects that seek to address existing issues and have supported this area for many years. The foundation particularly invites researchers and practitioners who work closely together to carry out and publicise research and practise-based results for the benefit of patients, the healthcare sector and decisionmakers.

The aim of the scholarships is to give medical students the opportunity to try out research while still in medical school.

The foundation is always interested in applications regarding major national and multidisciplinary projects.

Read more about our three focus areas here.

Postdoctoral ophthalmology research fellowships

In 2018, VELUX FONDEN once again offers a number of postdoctoral ophthalmology research fellowships. The aim of the fellowships is to attract, develop and retain promising researchers at the beginning of their independent research careers.

The main theme of the postdoctoral project must be promising ophthalmological research and address issues of high importance to the ophthalmological research field. Under this theme, both basic research and clinical research with an interdisciplinary approach are eligible as well as epidemiological research.

The call is open to applicants from Danish research institutions who hold a PhD degree earned no more than 5 years ago. 

Application deadline was 13 March 2019.

Please find call here

Scholarships for young ophthalmologists

VELUX FONDEN awards a number of stipends to young ophthalmologists. Medical students can use the scholarships in connection with year-long research projects at a Danish medical school.

The project’s main theme should be promising ophthalmology and should seek to address existing issues. This category includes basic research, clinical projects and multi-disciplinary projects.

Deadline for application 2019 is:

  • 14 May 2019
  • 18 September 2019

Read more about the latest call and requirements for the application

Major national ophthalmology projects

VELUX FONDEN makes grants to national projects that involve the participation of multiple fields of study at more than one Danish research institute. By giving support to major projects, the foundation seeks to promote strategic projects that include individual research projects in order to address an overarching issue.

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

Supported projects:

New postdoc funding for younger ophthalmology researchers

In May 2018, VELUX FONDEN funded three eye research projects with a total of DKK 6,2 million.

Medical students try out their aptitude for basic research

Doctors can split their time between practice and research.

Multi-centre projects to advance Danish ophtalmology

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