VILLUM FONDEN funds curiosity-driven research in science and technology, powered by the ideas that engage pioneering investigators.

The goal is to foster world-class research at Danish universities and research institutions. We want to support the most talented researchers. In so doing, we hope to achieve innovative research at the highest international level.

We wish to give individual researchers the best possible conditions for pursuing pioneering research, regardless of the current stage of their research career. We want to welcome researchers with trust, freedom and flexibility to enable them to establish creative research environments that allow new ideas to be conceived and nurtured. 

The research strategy is pursued in three main programmes:

VILLUM Investigator: For experienced and internationally recognised researchers seeking to immerse themselves in their research topic. The grant amount is up to DKK 40 million per Villum Investigator, it can be re-awarded, and the timeframe is six years. Application deadline is 5 September 2018

VILLUM Young Investigator: For junior researchers setting up their own research team for the first time. The grant amount is DKK 7-10 million, it can be awarded once only, and the timeframe is five years. Application deadline in 2018 has expired.  Next deadline in Summer 2019 - will be announced in April 2019.

VILLUM Experiment: For bold research ideas that have difficulty fitting into the conventional peer-review funding system. Is open to active researchers of any age, the grant amount is DKK 1-2 million, and the timeframe is up to two years. Application deadline in 2018 has expired. Next deadline in Spring 2019 - will be announced in the beginning of 2019.

The young, the experienced and the wildest idea

Article about our strategy in technical and scientific research.


THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS accept an amount of max. 5% of the total project budget for unforeseen expenses and general administrative expenses that are not directly attributable to the supported project´s increased strain on the Institute's resources.

The foundations also supports specified additional expenses for administration attributable to the supported project´s increased strain on the Institute's resources, including extra costs for secretarial assistance, rent, IT, heating, electricity, phone, copying etc. The amount may not exceed 20% of the project´s costs.

In regards to grants from VILLUM FONDEN for technical and scientific research, your project (overhead) will be covered by a uniform 15% flat-rate of your eligible direct costs.


What don’t we fund?

We do not make grants to health or veterinary research, or to commercially oriented research.

Villum Research Station, Station Nord

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Contact us


Thomas Bjørnholm
Executive Chief Scientific Officer, professor, VILLUM FONDEN
+45 28 75 18 35
Lars Arnskov Olsen
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VILLUM FONDEN
+ 45 26 17 08 39
Michel M.H. Kristensen
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VILLUM FONDEN
+ 45 29 41 78 89