We aim to support early career researchers with ambitions of creating their own, independent research identity, and with the potential to significantly contribute to research in technical and natural sciences at a Danish research institution.


From 2021, the Villum Young Investigator programme has been supplemented with YIP extension grants aka. YIP + to secure a stable research career for the most talented Villum Young Investigators. A YIP+ grant is up to DKK 4 million and cannot cover the salary of the applicant. The YIP+ grant period is up to three years.

The fourth year of their five-year grant period, Villum Young Investigators will receive an invitation to apply for a new three-year project. It is expected that 10-15 YIPs can apply each year, of which up to about five may obtain a YIP+ grant.

VILLUM FONDEN supports internationalisation, and with the Villum Young Investigator Programme we encourage Danish universities to support and recruit Danish as well as international researcher talents.

A total of DKK 130 million is expected to be allocated to the programme in 2022.

Who can apply?
The ideal applicant is an exceptionally talented young researcher within technical and natural sciences. Applicants must have between two and eight years of research experience after completion of their PhD.

You may apply a total of two times for a Villum Young Investigator grant.

The programme is announced once a year in open competition, with an application deadline in June, and a final decision in December.

Grant amount
Researchers currently employed by a Danish university can apply for a maximum of DKK 6 million, including 15% for indirect costs.

Researchers currently employed by a university outside Denmark - and have been so for at least two of the past three years at the time of application - can apply for a maximum of DKK 8 million, including 15% for indirect costs.

Time frame
The duration of the grant is five years. 

Next call

  • The 2023 call will open in April 2023.

Join a community 
As a Villum Young Investigator, you will join a community of like-minded researchers and attend one or two seminars each year on relevant topics, such as recruitment or research management.

See the video Ten years with the Villum Young Investigator Programme.

Latest call: Villum Young Investigators 2022

Please note: Application deadline was: 8 June 2022, 12:00 noon.


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Michel M.H. Kristensen
Senior Adviser, Head of Programme, VILLUM FONDEN
+ 45 29 41 78 89