VILLUM FONDENs Young Investigator Programme
Applications are hereby invited for the third round of the VILLUM FOUNDATION's Young Investigator Programme.
The Programme is aimed at especially talented young researchers in science and technology and is intended to support them in establishing their own, independent research profiles. Funds may be applied for by individual researchers who are engaged in basic science and technology research. The Programme does not comprise health science, medical or biomedical research. Information about the two first rounds funding awards: Dk Eng
Applications may be made within the following two categories:
Associate professors who have gained permanent tenure within the last 3 years may apply for up to DKK 7 million for a period of up to 5 years with a view to funding postdoctoral researchers, PhD students, equipment, technician assistance, and other customary project expenses. Own salary costs are not eligible. Associate professors who do not hold permanent tenure must be able to document that they will hold their appointment for the duration of the project period. For applicants with the prospect of taking up an associate professorship within the near future, a conditional application may be submitted.
Researchers at postdoctoral or assistant professor level may apply for up to DKK 4 million for a period of up to 3 years with a view to financing own salary, junior postdoctoral researchers, equipment, technician assistance, and other customary project expenses. Financing of PhD students is not an eligible expense. Applicants in this category are required to have at least 1 year's postdoctoral research experience.
Importance will be attached to relevant international experience such as research stays abroad and proof of qualifications through previous research. Importance will also be attached to the future potential embodied by the projects in terms of the latest research in the field, and the capacity of the projects to turn out future researchers.
No age limit applies, but the ideal applicant is in his or her thirties. Allowance will be made for periods of leave, including maternity leave. The Foundation will give preference to candidates who have not previously been given a similar opportunity for boosting their research career.
The project must be conducted at a Danish research institution. Foreign researchers may apply, but must already be attached to a Danish research institution at the time of application.
The following five documents must be prepared and submitted as separate PDF files (if the spreadsheet template is used for the summary sheet this must be submitted as an xlsx-file):
1. Summary sheet
Download pdf-template in the column on the right (right click - Save Target As...). If you experience problems with the pdf-template the spreadsheet-template can be used as an alternative. Filename:"Summary_sheet"
The application must be no longer than five pages plus references. Minor deviation from this requirement may be allowed upon the inclusion of large figures. There are no requirements regarding the lay-out, however, the application is requested to include the following:
a. Abstract (0.5 pages)
b. Objectives (0.5 pages)
c. Background and hypotheses (1.5 pages)
d. Proposed research (2 pages)
e. Research plan, e.g. gantt chart (0.5 pages)
Read the guidelines for overheads and budget: Dk Eng. The costs for overhead and administration must be held within the budget framework of DKK 4 million and DKK 7 million, respectively.
There are no specific requirements regarding co-financing
You can download the budget template in the column on the right. Please send the final budget as pdf-file and make sure that the lay-out is appropriate.
4. CV and publication list
5. Supporting letter from host institution
The five separate documents must be sent by e-mail to Lars Arnskov Olsen: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: “YIP -application”. Letters of recommendation or other additional documents are not accepted.
Closing date: July 1, 2013 at 23:59
Processing of applications
Applications will initially be considered by a panel of experienced research managers (see list of panel members: Dk Eng). The best qualified applicants will be invited to attend interviews to be held in November. Applicants who are not invited to attend interviews should expect to receive a letter of rejection in late October. On the panel's recommendation, the board of the VILLUM FOUNDATION will make its final funding awards decisions on 21 December 2013. Applicants will be notified shortly thereafter. The funding awards will be conferred at an official event on 23 January 2014, after which the projects may be commenced.
Please note that detailed feedback is not provided for unsuccessful applications.
In case of any queries, please contact Scientific Adviser Lars Arnskov Olsen on tel. +45 3957 0923 or by e-mail at email@example.com