We wish to strengthen interdisciplinary research in Denmark with a new initiative focusing on the interdisciplinary field of data driven science.

Compelling evidence shows that interdisciplinary research is markedly more effective at leading to ground-breaking results than monodisciplinary research. Digitalisation, artificial intelligence and big data calls for new collaborations that combine expertise within computer science with other research areas.

Who can apply?
Projects should involve two PIs (Principal Investigators) that are both affiliated with a Danish research institution.

One should be a methodological expert from computer science, statistics or applied mathematics and the other a domain expert from a field of application that may be broadly chosen (not medicine and clinical research). Co-PIs providing additional required expertise may also be included in the project.

PIs must hold tenure. An applicant can only be PI on one application.

We announce the programme every year in open competition. This year’s call is announced in June with application deadline in October 2019 and grant approvals in March 2020.

Grant amount?
You can apply for initiation project grants on DKK 2-3 million intended for new collaborations or full project grants on DKK 10-20 million for established collaborations mature enough to benefit from a large grant.

All grant amounts include up to 15% for indirect costs. A total of DKK 50 million has been allocated for the programme in 2019/2020.

Time frame
The time frame is up to two years for initiation project grants and three to five years for full project grants.

Approval of grant
The duration will be approx. six months from application to grant.

The application process
Proposals are evaluated on the sole criterion of scientific excellence. The proposals will be assessed by a scientific committee and granted by the board. The process will include peer review and interview for the full project proposals which pass the scientific committee’s first assessment.

Open call

Villum Synergy Call

Deadline for application is 10 October 2019 at 14.00

For more information please contact:

Michel M.H. Kristensen
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VILLUM FONDEN
+ 45 29 41 78 89
Thomas Bjørnholm
Executive Chief Scientific Officer, professor, VILLUM FONDEN
+45 28 75 18 35


Professor Thomas Bjørnholm is responsible for the foundation’s research programmes in technical and natural sciences.
Previously Thomas Bjørnholm was Prorector for Research and Innovation and Deputy Rector at the University of Copenhagen with overall responsibility for research and innovation across all disciplines at the university.

He is a professor of Materials Chemistry and the founding director of the Nano-Science Center at the University of Copenhagen.

Thomas Bjørnholm is a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences and he has served on numerous boards and committees.

As a scientist, he has published more than 200 articles in scientific journals and books including contributions to the highly-recognized journals Nature and Science. He has given more than 150 invited talks at conferences and research institutes around the world and received research awards, including the Ole Rømer Foundation Award, the Ellen & Niels Bjerrum Award and gold medal, and the Director Ib Henriksen Award.

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