The Villum Experiment Programme supports unorthodox ideas in their early phase.

Who can apply?
Villum Experiment is created for the special research projects that challenge the norm and have the potential to fundamentally change the way we approach important topics. The applicant is anonymous to the reviewers. For Danish universities and research institutions, this is also tool to attract talented researchers outside Denmark.

The programme is announced once a year in open competition. Deadline in March and grant approvals in August/September. See old call 2021.

Grant amount?
You can apply for DKK 1-2 million, incl. 15% for indirect costs. The grant can cover project-related costs such as wages, equipment, travel, current expenses, etc. 

Time frame
The time frame for the grant is up to 2 years. As a previous grantee It is possible to apply again in competition with other applicants when the grant has ended.

Approval of grant
The duration will be approx. five months from application to grant.

Application process - Villum Experiment:

Anonymous applicants
The applicants are anonymous to their reviewers to sharpen the focus on the research idea and to let the researchers think freely in relation to their past merits. 

The reviewers are asked to emphasise the ideas they perceive as real breakthroughs. They have the option of ‘flagging’ one idea each that they judge to be genuinely extraordinary – regardless of the board of director's rejection of the idea.

Join a community
Our Villum Experiment grant recepients can participate in different networking activities with other recipients. 

Latest Call: Villum Experiment 2021

The application deadline was 17 March 2021 at 14:00. 

The significance of an anonymous application

The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy will evaluate the Villum Experiment Programme.

51 extraordinary research experiments received funding in 2020

In 2020, 51 original ideas received a total of DKK 100 million.

Anders Smith
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VILLUM FONDEN
+45 29 66 70 86