[ Velux Stiftung | Research funding on daylight, healthy ageing and ophthalmology ]


Event details

Date 30.09.2022
Category Call for proposal

Velux Stiftung was founded in 1980 by Villum Kann Rasmussen, a Danish engineer. He developed a novel window construction that could be installed in sloping roofs, which he named “VELUX” (“Ve” for ventilation, and “Lux” for light).

The Velux Stiftung supports basic and applied research in the fields of:

  1. daylight
  2. healthy ageing
  3. ophthalmology
New thematic focus in the ophthalmology funding area (all details here):
  • Interdisciplinary biomedical research projects in ophthalmology aiming to develop and assess new diagnostic, prevention, or treatment methods for eye diseases adapted to the local context and environment of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
  • Institutional research capacity building projects: projects aiming at sustainably building, developing, or reinforcing institutional structures enabling biomedical ophthalmology research.

Projects should:
  • stem from innovative, out-of-the-box ideas,
  • be relevant beyond the borders of a single discipline,
  • accelerate research by removing bottlenecks,
  • enable implementation of research and
  • promote and/or implement their results inside and outside academia.
Excellent research projects outside the strategic funding areas above but within the foundation’s legal purpose are not funded or sent to peer-review. Please note that the Foundation does not fund research projects where the main focus lies in health systems / services research, implementation research / intervention science, health economics or community development. Project applications which have been previously rejected are not allowed for resubmission.
The foundation welcomes international and interdisciplinary collaborations.

The project application needs to establish a convincing argumentation why no sufficient alternative support can be obtained.

Who can apply
Duration: 1-4 years

Funding: approx. CHF 50-100’000 per year covering
  • Research staff costs (personnel costs, doctoral students, teaching replacement).
  • Associated research costs (e.g. consumables, conference, travel, publication).
  • Equipment costs may be included if duly justified.
  • Does NOT cover overheads nor social insurances.
  • For Ophthalmology projects: up to CHF 100’000 per year with at least 50% to be used in LMICs.

  • 30 April & 30 September 2022 for Daylight Research applications
  • 30 April & 30 September 2022 for Healthy Ageing applications
  • 30 May 2022 for Ophthalmology applications

Submission procedure
Start of the project: within 6 months from the decision.

For more information, please have a look at the call webpage, EPFL Toolkit (including a Budget Calculator), application guidelines, and granted projects in Daylight Research, Healthy Ageing Research and Ophthalmology Research.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


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