VILLUM FONDEN wish to strengthen interdisciplinary research in Denmark with a 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). 

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

We announce the programme every year in open competition. 

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. 

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 to eight months from application to grant.

The application process
Proposals that meet the condition are evaluated on the basis of scientific excellence. The proposals are assessed by a scientific committee and approved by the board of  VILLUM FONDEN. For proposals for large grants that proceed from the committee's initial assessment, the process will include an external written peer review followed by and interview with the scientific committee.

Synergy grants 2022

In 2022 VILLUM FONDEN granted DKK 57 million under the Villum Synergy programme.

Latest Call: Villum Synergy 

Please note: Application deadline was: 2 March 2023, 2 PM.

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