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. Please note that application deadline  for 2020 has passed. Deadline was 18 March 2020, 2 PM.

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. 

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

For further information, please contact:
Anders Smith
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VILLUM FONDEN
+45 29 66 70 86