VELUX FONDEN makes grants to gerontology research projects that contribute to improving the quality of life for senior citizens.


Please note: Until 1 november 2021 we are closed for applications within gerontology, 

Aging research is one of the foundation’s priority areas. The foundation annually dedicates DKK 17m to the area.

We want to give researchers the best conditions to create novel research. Either through postdoctoral fellowships or grants to established research groups. 

User involment has been focal for the foundation since 2015

Read an interview with a leading researcher in the area; Professor Mogens Hørder.



It is important that our grants in gerontology create research that is useful to both senior citizens, the social and health care sectors and decision-makers.

We always welcome major national projects in gerontology research.  The projects must involve users in the research process

Until 2022, the focus areas have been:

Rehabilitation of the elderly

VELUX FONDEN wants to strengthen research in rehabilitation of the elderly significantly. This is done through grants to postdoctoral fellowships particularly in the areas of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

The projects must include issues of relevance to elderly patients and their relatives. It is thus a precondition that patients or their relatives are actively involved in the research process.

VELUX FONDEN gives priority to projects in which the rehabilitation intervention is interdisciplinary, e.g. projects may comprise sociological, biological and mental health aspects, as well as projects that takes place across the primary and secondary sectors.

Until now, five postdoctoral fellowships regarding rehabilitation of the elderly have been granted.

Please note: This call is currently not open for applications. 

Research in humanities and in aging

As people live longer and the birth rates fall, the number of elderly people become a still larger proportion of the population. This is a challenge to our healthcare system, and it will require new and innovative solutions.

To gain new perspectives on aging research, VELUX FONDEN will seek to promote collaboration on equal terms between researchers and stakeholders within gerontology and the humanities.

We, therefore, wish to benefit from our very diverse grant areas, which provides a special opportunity to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing between research in human science and in aging.

Read more about VELUX FONDEN's interdisciplinary programme here.

Senior citizens with cancer

VELUX FONDEN wants to strengthen research in quality of life, improved treatment and survival of senior citizens with cancer.

Cancer in the elderly is an area that requires greater focus since the risk of getting cancer increases with age. Today, cancer is the leading cause of death in Denmark.

Most studies and treatments on cancer have focused on young patients. There is a need for knowledge of how to treat senior citizens with cancer optimally.

Please note: This call is currently not open for applications. 

Senior citizens and medicine

VELUX FONDEN wants to strengthen research in dilemmas and inappropriate medication among senior citizens.

Please note: deadline for applications was 1 October. 

Aging research and VELUX FONDEN

Interview in Health Europa: Ane Hendriksen sets out our commitment to supporting aging research projects that contribute to improving the quality of life for elderly people.

Contact us


Frank Ulmer Jørgensen
Senior Adviser, Head of Programme, VELUX FONDEN
+ 45 29 41 81 35