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


Event details

Date 30.09.2021  
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 focus in the ophthalmology funding area: addressing biomedical knowledge gaps in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). All details here.

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.

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
  • Both individual researchers and research groups can apply.
  • The main applicant (e.g. professor, group leader) must be a permanent employee of a university or other permanent research entity anywhere in the world.
  • Non-permanent employees are welcome to apply as co-applicants.
  • For Ophthalmology projects: applicants are invited to apply in consortia of research groups with at least one partner based in a LMIC.

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.

  • 31 May 2021 for Ophthalmology applications (Decision in November 2021)
  • 30 September 2021 for Daylight Research applications (Decision in March 2022)
  • 30 September 2021 for Healthy Ageing applications (Decision in March 2022)

Submission procedure
  • Submit the application form, impact potential statement, research proposal, CVs (max.3pp. each) and list of publications (up to 10) in a single PDF through the online submission portal (link will be available here). Potential reviewers and Data Protection Policy consent of each co-PI must be submitted in separate PDF files.

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, standard agreement and granted projects in Daylight Research, Healthy Ageing Research and Ophthalmology Research

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free



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