The purpose of the VILLUM Young Investigator Programme is to fund especially talented up-and-coming researchers in science and technology with ambitions of creating their own, independent research identity. 

VILLUM Young Investigators:

  • 2018 – 18 researchers - DKK 153.4m
  • 2017 – 16 researchers - DKK 146.2m
  • 2016 – 20 researchers - DKK 119.1m
  • 2015 – 21 researchers - DKK 100.6m
  • 2014 – 20 researchers - DKK 95.4m
  • 2013 – 19 researchers - DKK 93m
  • 2012 – 15 researchers - DKK 75.4m

Since 2012, the VILLUM Young Investigator Programme has been a productive and vital initiative enabling no fewer than 129 early-stage researchers to set up their own first research team based on the ideas they are most passionate about, and thus allowing them to come out of the ‘shadow’ of well-established professors.

For many young investigators, this has led to acclaimed research and thereby improved their career prospects and capacity to attract even more research funding.

The grant amount is DKK 7-10 million, it can be awarded once only, and the timeframe is five years. A large proportion of the funding is spent on salaries for the Danish and foreign PhD and postdoctoral researchers recruited to the research team.

Complete list of VILLUM Young Investigators 2012-2018


Open call

VILLUM Young Investigator

For the talented early-career researchers within the technical and natural sciences.

Deadline in 2018 has expired, but feel free to read it 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

For questions please contact:

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