How we provide support

The Deed of Trust of the ROCKWOOL Foundation states the following:

“The objective of the Foundation is, at the discretion of the Foundation Board, to support scientific, humanitarian, artistic or social purposes, and to contribute to improving environmental conditions and development of society.”

In accordance with the objective stated in the Deed of Trust, the Board of the ROCKWOOL Foundation has decided to prioritise support for projects whose purpose is to generate new, independent knowledge with the potential to reinforce the economic and social sustainability of the welfare society.

The Foundation receives a great many applications for support, and the Board prioritises allocating the majority of the Foundation’s unrestricted funds to supporting research and the generation of knowledge about solutions to tangible societal challenges. These projects may be designed completely independently or in consultation with the Foundation’s Research and Interventions Units. Whichever approach is chosen, all projects are subjected to a thorough process of evaluation in expert committees before they are presented to the Board for approval.

Apply for subsidy for research projects

For research projects that are independently designed and intended to unearth new, unbiased knowledge, we regularly invite applications that focus on specific themes of relevance to the sustainability of the welfare society.

During the current application period, we are seeking applications under the following theme: The healthcare system in Denmark – from the perspectives of patients, system and finances.

The Danish healthcare system is under pressure. Because the population is ageing, because new (and often more costly) technologies are constantly being developed, and because there is a general expectation that the quality of the public healthcare services should improve. This translates into pressure on healthcare personnel, and challenges the sustainability of the healthcare system itself – both now and in the future. During the current application period, we are interested in supporting one or more projects with the potential to enhance understanding of the sustainability of our healthcare system.

Research applications will be assessed according to usual scientific standards. The relevance of the research within a broader societal perspective will also be weighted heavily in the assessment of applications.

It is possible to apply for subsidy for research projects with a budget of up to DKK 5 million.

Research applications can be submitted via the Foundation’s application system – use the link below – and will be assessed by professional experts subsequent to the expiry of the deadline for applications stated in the system. Applicants will then be informed as to whether their application has been proposed for approval at the next meeting of the Board of Directors.

Applicants should not expect rejections to be justified. Additional information about the application process can be found in the application system. Applicants requiring additional information are requested to email

An illustrative template is available here.