The objective of the programme is to promote youth interest in science and technology and safeguard the new generation's general, technical and natural science education.

The aim is to enable children and young people, through the scientific process, to engage critically and creatively in knowledge-building and development in Denmark.

The total grant amount in 2017 is up to DKK 12m and we expect to fund 3-6 projects with a timeframe of up to three years, i.e. up to approximately DKK 2-4m in total for each project.

The programme has two focus areas:

A: Funding of Outreach Projects.
We wish to support previously established outreach projects in science and technology which have already documented valuable impact and are now ready to be taken to the next level. Only in exceptional cases will VILLUM FONDEN consider funding new outreach projects.

The main applicant is a Danish non-profit organisation that already supports outreach projects in science and technology. The project may involve several partners, including academic institutions in Denmark or abroad.

B: Funding of Research Projects
Funding research that has the objective to develop evidence-based approaches in designing, implementing, integrating and evaluating outreach projects with the purpose of promoting youth interest in science and technology.

The main applicant is a higher-education or research institution. The project may involve several partners, including non-profit organisations or academic institutions in Denmark or abroad. 


The assessment and selection procedure is divided into three steps.

Step 1: VILLUM FONDEN’s working group for Research in Technical and Natural Sciences (TNF) evaluates the applications based on the Terms of Reference and selects about 12 applications to be evaluated by VILLUM FONDEN’s Outreach and Education Programme Committee. 

The selected projects must be endorsed by the board of VILLUM FONDEN.

Applicants not selected for further evaluation will be notified. Detailed feedback is not provided to unsuccessful applicants at this stage.

Step 2: The Outreach and Education Programme Committee evaluates the projects selected by TNF.

Step 3: Based on the recommendations TNF will present a list of recommended projects to the board of VILLUM FONDEN.

The Board of VILLUM FONDEN will make a final decision and grant about 3-6 projects with a timeframe of up to three years.

Applicants that are not selected for funding at this stage will be notified and may receive more detailed feedback by phone.

Important dates:

28 August 2017: Application deadline

30 October 2017: Rejection or further evaluation of projects

30 December 2017: Rejection or approval of grants.



Professor emeritus Nils O. Andersen, The Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen University, Denmark.

Professor Doris Jorde, Department of Teacher Education and School Research, University of Oslo, Norway.

Aff Hjarnø, teacher anc science coordinator, St. Heddinge School, St. Heddinge, Denmark

Additional members may be added following the deadline of the call. Updates can be found here.



Guidelines (download checklist below).

Your research publications (focus area B). Attach up to three research publications or other documented outputs that best describe your most important scientific achievements/discoveries.

CV, including a bibliography of research publications (if relevant) and a list of current research support.

Budget form (download template below). Applicants may apply for DKK 2-4m, including a 15% overhead. The grant period is up to three years.


The documents above must all be submitted as PDF files.

Photos from Experimentarium - Photo: David Trood

Ready to apply?

Application deadline is 28 August 2017 2 pm

Please contact us, if you have any questions about this programme:

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