Funding for the bold research idea that may have difficulty fitting into a classic peer-review funding system.


DKK 100 million for 53 bold research ideas.

In 2018, 53 original ideas receive a total of DKK 100 million.

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 the year with deadline in March and grant approvals in August. 

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. A total of up to DKK 100 million has been allocated for the programme in 2018.

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:

Bold research ideas executed in a Villum Experiment. In the photo: professor Tom Gilbert and his team on field work in Greenland. Photo: Martin Nielsen.

The application process:

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. 

Deadline for application was 21 March 2018 at 14.00. Please find latest call here.

DKK 71 million for 39 unorthodox research ideas

Grants for 39 Villum Experiment projects in 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact us:

Lars Arnskov Olsen
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VILLUM FONDEN
+ 45 26 17 08 39