We aim to fund the experienced and internationally recognised researcher with the potential to make a significant contribution to research in the technical and natural sciences at a Danish research institution.
Who can apply?
The ideal applicant is an active researcher who has demonstrated international, groundbreaking research of the highest scientific quality for 10 years or longer.
We announce the programme every two years (recently in 2018) in open competition. The call will be announced in the spring with application deadline in September and grant approvals in March of the following year.
You can apply for up to DKK 40 million, incl. 15% for indirect costs. Part of the funding can be used to hire e.g. a secretary or an assistant who can relieve the researcher of administrative tasks. A total of DKK 400 million has been allocated for the programme in 2018/2019.
The time frame is six years. After a period, it is possible to apply again in competition with other applicants.
Approval of grant
The duration will be approx. seven months from application to grant.
Application process - Villum Investigator:
Application deadline 2018 has expired.
Villum Investigators 2017
DKK 400 million for 11 top researchers
In march 2017 VILLUM FONDEN granted DKK 400 million for 11 experienced and highly acknowledged researchers within the technical and natural sciences.