VILLUM FONDEN funds younger talented researchers at Danish universities. Researchers with ambitions of creating their own, independent research identity.
The Villum Young Investigator Programme funds particularly talented younger researchers in the technical and natural sciences. The applicants must have a clearly defined goal for their research for a period of five years and the project must be of a scale that requires the establishment of a research team. For Danish universities and research institutions, this is also a recruitment tool to attract talented researchers outside Denmark.
The programme is announced once a year in open competition with a deadline in June.
You can apply for DKK 7-10 million, incl. 15% for indirect project costs. A large part of the funding typically cover the appointment of PhDs and postdocs recruited to the research team. A total of DKK 150 million has been allocated for the programme in 2018.
The grant is awarded once only, and the timeframe is five years.
Approval of grant
The duration will be approx. seven months from application to grant.
Application process - Villum Young Investigator:
Important dates 2018-2019
- 6 April 2018: Announcement of the call
- 20 June 2018: Deadline for applications
- 29 October 2018: Rejection or invitation for an interview
- 12, 13 and 14 November 2018: Interviews with the selected applicants
- 22 December 2018: Rejection or approval of grant
Rejected applicants will have the opportunity to call Head of Programme Michel M.H. Kristensen at +45 2941 7889 between 7 January and 18 January 2019 to have a brief conversation regarding their application and why it was not granted.
Join a community
Our Villum Young Investigator can join a community of like-minded and attend in 1-2 seminars each year on topics like e.g. recruitment, research management, etc.
Please find the latest call below:
Call: Villum Young Investigator
Deadline in 2018 has expired, but feel free to read the latest call here.
Evaluation of the programme
An evaluation of Villum Young Investigator Programme shows that the programme makes a difference and contributes to boosting the young researchers' careers
Villum Young Investigators 2018
DKK 153 million for 18 young research talents
Meet two VILLUM Young Investigators
Nina Lock, VILLUM Young Investigator 2014
Sune Lehmann, VILLUM Young Investigator 2012