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. We will announce the call at the beginning of 2020. Deadline will be in March and grant approvals in August/September.
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. A total of up to DKK 100 million has been allocated for the programme in 2019.
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.
Please note: Deadline for application 2019 has passed. We will announce the call at the beginning of 2020.
Application process - Villum Experiment:
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.
52 bold research ideas receive funding
In 2019, 52 original ideas receive a total of DKK 98.5 million.
The significance of an anonymous application
The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy will evaluate the Villum Experiment Programme.
Gain inspiration from previously granted projects
Can we predict sudden climate changes?
Applying for a Villum Experiment grant gave Peter Ditlevsen the chance to pursue a project without knowing where it was going to lead.
An aspect that was completely overlooked
In 2018 Tina Šantl-Temkiv received a Villum Experiment grant for her research in microorganisms in sea-ice.
I have challenged the norm
Tom Gilbert is one of the first researchers to recieve a Villum Experiment grant in 2017