Over time, we have contributed to a range of programmes, all of which have furthered our goal of fostering world-class research. 

Scaling of technology

Grants for initiatives that support the journey from research to technology. For example, the following projects:

  • Spin-outs Denmark to create more research-based companies and strengthen Danish universities' tech trans.
  • GreenLabSkive that strengthens collaboration with the Danish university to develop and demonstrate the energy systems of the future.
  • ATV - The Academy of Technical Sciences which with a focus on Science & Engineering as an engine for growth and welfare in Denmark helps to strengthen and make visible the Danish innovation ecosystem.
Villum Kann Rasmussen Chair

In 2012, VILLUM FONDEN endowed a permanent chair at the Niels Bohr Institute.

Former Harvard professor Charles Marcus is head of the Center for Quantum Devices and currently holds the Villum Kann Rasmussen Chair.

Questions concerning this programme should be directed to research director Thomas Bjørnholm. 


In 2011, VILLUM FONDEN took the initiative for strengthening the physical framework conditions for science and technology research in Denmark.
The Danish universities and research institutions were invited to submit proposals for prospective large-scale research infrastructures. 

Following evaluation of proposals, dialogue with applicants and the assistance of international peer reviewers, at the end of 2012 and start of 2013, the VILLUM FONDEN Board reached the decision to make three grants of DKK 60-75 million each. More information about these grants is provided here.

There are no specific plans for a new application round for large-scale research infrastructures, and applications may be submitted by invitation only.

Research projects

We have formerly funded stand-alone, specific research projects. The funds cover salaries for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers together with running costs, travel and major equipment procurements, and may be applied for by tenured researchers at Danish universities and research institutions. 

The Programme expired in January 2016

Centres of Excellence

VILLUM FONDEN seeks to strengthen the best science and technology research environments in Denmark by means of large framework grants. Over time, these grants have been awarded for Centres of Excellence; interdisciplinary institutions without walls.

The Programme expired in 2016 and the aim is for the new VILLUM Investigators programme to replace the Centres of Excellence programme. For this reason, we urge prospective new applicants for Centres of Excellence to await notice of the application deadline for VILLUM Investigators.