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

Who can apply?
Villum Experiment is created for those research projects out of the ordinary that challenge the norm and have the potential to change fundamentally the way we approach important topics. The applicant is anonymous to the reviewers.

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

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

Time frame
The time frame for the grant is up to 2 years. 

Approval of grant
The duration will be approx. six 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 each have the option of awarding a single decisive vote for a proposal that they judge to be genuinely extraordinary. Proposals with a decisive vote will get the highest priority for granting by the board.

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

Latest call: Villum Experiment 2023

Please note: Application deadline was 15 March 2023, 2 PM.

Experiment grants 2022

VILLUM FONDEN granted 51 original ideas a total of DKK 100 million.

The significance of an anonymous application

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

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