Get your p2x idea to the market


Join the national VILLUM P2X Fellowship Program - and get your excellent P2X idea boosted. We offer an intense 2-year fellowship under the national VILLUM P2X Accelerator program. Great research ideas with the potential for breaking through on the energy market are taken out of the lab towards the market. Apply to become a Fellow.

About the national VILLUM P2X Accelerator Program

The national P2X program provides full scientific and entrepreneurial support to Fellows throughout the fellowship period.

Danish university students and researchers produce several P2X ideas at the technological concept level every year. These could potentially work commercially, but many of them fail crossing the "valley of death" between research projects and viable start-ups or transfers to existing industry.

The national VILLUM P2X Accelerator gives such projects an enormous benefit with its structured, time-limited acceleration program. An acceleration with access to the right guidance and hardware infrastructure. With these right boundary conditions the pool of talent, creativity and sheer drive among Danish students and researchers will be accelerated towards success.

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Call for P2X projects

The VILLUM P2X Accelerator aims to boost great research ideas that have the potential for breaking through on the energy market out of the lab towards the market. We offer an intense 2-year fellowship period under the national VILLUM P2X Accelerator program (VPX). The fellowship includes funding of up to a total of 5 Full-Time-Employee years of salary for the team, significant support for hardware scale-up and testing, and business development support. Fellows will be employed at one of the five partner universities.

To be eligible, project owners need to apply for a fellowship under the national VP2X program. Actions and activities that will ensure the best and fastest possible acceleration (ideally going from TRL level 3 to 6) should be described in the application. Applications are assessed according to three criteria: Excellence of idea, potential for growth, and feasibility.
For details about TRL levels, please visit Innovation Fund Denmark: TRL - Technology Readiness Level

PROJECT FOCUS: Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Technologies and/or digitalization aimed towards direct air-capture of CO2, direct reduction of CO2 to liquid products, direct reduction of N2 to ammonia, direct solar powered splitting of water via (solar) thermal looping, or photo catalysis.

PROJECT BUDGET: The maximum amount one can apply for is 4 mdkk for a 2-year fellowship period. This amount will include salary of potential team members required for the realization of the project. If you are unsure about the eligibility of certain cost categories for funding, please contact us in advance of the application submission.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications can only be submitted by university students, graduates, or researchers studying or working at either DTU, AU, AAU, KU, or SDU. Non-researchers and/or non-academic actors/organizations can naturally be part of a project proposal, but the main applicant needs to be a university student, a graduate, or a researcher. Each fellow will be employed at the university for the fellowship period. 

Applications must follow the template (use download link below), and should include:
Approximate budget, description of the project/activities - including estimated timeline; supposed need for co-workers during the project period and their costs; activity plan. You should also provide a 5 min (approx.) video of your technology and of your team if applicable.

Please submit your application via the submit-link below. In case you need further clarification or advice around your project idea, please contact Scientific Director Peter Vesborg, email:

If your project is selected, you will be invited for an interview, if the VP2X Steering Group finds this necessary (see details below).

Next deadline for applications: 15th September 2024.

Applicants shall be prepared for an online interview on 3rd October 2024 (at some point between 10:00 and 14:00). Details about the online interview (dail-in numbers, timeslots, etc.), will be communicated once application has been received by the VP2X Steering Group.

The VP2X Steering Committee will, no later than 2 weeks after the online interview, inform the applicants of the final decision.


Applications will be considered from:

  1. anyone currently employed at one of the partner universities (AU, AAU, DTU, KU, SDU). Although any application must be sent via their own university. See note below.
  2. those not currently an employee of one of the partner universities. However, their application must have an authorized signatory, from the partner university where they intend to execute their VPX project. See note below.

Please note that only a partner university can apply for VPX funding for your P2X project application. Therefore a partner university must approve and accept that it is a condition for a VPX grant, that you are employed at the partner university no later than per the start date of the project period, and that your employment at the university is maintained throughout the project period.

Yes, you can apply without a ph.d.! If your project is excellent, with potential for growth, and feasible, please apply. You can be a post.doc, a ph.d., a researcher – but it must be YOUR project, your dream.

No. VPX is not for research and VPX fellows (those getting salary from VPX) are expected to not be engaged in research. This means that VPX fellows should not spend time writing or reviewing scientific papers, teaching courses, writing scientific grant proposals or similar academic work.
This, however, does not mean that a VPX project cannot involve active researchers in an indirect capacity, e.g. in an advisory role, but VPX fellows should be 100% committed to getting their VPX project off the ground.

The typical time for accelerating your project in the VPX program is 2 years. We mentor each project during the full period to help acceleration. In some cases, the period can be extended with 6 months. This extension must be applied for at the end of the project period. Please note that in case you do not follow your proposed plan, the steering group can stop your project before finalization.

Please check the call text on the website. You may also call or write to Scientific Director Peter Vesborg, phone 4525 3276, mail:, to discuss your idea. The conversation is confidential between you and the Scientific Director.

Applications are assessed according to three criteria: Excellence of idea, potential for growth, and feasibility. All three are equally important, and each must be clearly illustrated in your application.

No, only the direct costs of your project should be added in the application budget. If your project is funded, overhead up to 15% will be added.

Please make sure you include:

  • Application template (send it as a PDF)
  • Include full CV of you and all your team members as part of the application (can be submitted as separate documents).
  • Record and share a 5 minute video where you present your technology and your team if applicable

You can furthermore include (optionally)

  • 10 extra A4 pages of relevant project information, this should include a detailed view of the scale-up of your technology (what will you have archived after 12 and 24 months), a detailed business plan, pictures of setup and deep technology description how does it work and its advantages)

Make sure you are available when VPX Steering Committee invite you for an interview. Please see above for more details

The Steering Committee will read and assess the applications and let you know their decision within approximately 30 days after the submission deadline. The Scientific Director as well as the Technical Director of the VPX will read the applications, but will have no vote in the assessment of the applications.

There will be call for proposals 4 times/year, and it is only possible to reapply if this is suggested in the rejection letter. In such case, you will also need to talk to the Scientific Director before resubmitting.

No. This is a national program and each applicant has identical chances. The Scientific Director will allocate the same amount of time (max 30 min) to each person asking for feedback on his/her idea.

All VPX fellows will be employed at a Danish University (not necessarily DTU) and IPR is handled according to the usual rules for university employees. This means that any foreground IPR generated by VPX fellows is handled as if they were PhD students, postdocs or faculty at their respective university where the university handles patenting and assumes rights to IPR. Upon graduation from the VPX program, any project reliant on IPR must negotiate licensing/purchase of IP with the relevant university on standard terms. The benefits of the above IPR arrangement are: 1) The legal framework is standardized, familiar to all universities. No resources are wasted on up-front legal negotiations before there is even a clear path to market (i.e. before a VPX project is initiated); 2) Patenting costs are paid by the universities.

Make a qualified guess and explain reasoning as needed. Some tech support and lab facilities and a mentor will be at your disposal during the Fellowship at no cost. We may have some suggestions for team members, but it is your own responsibility to onboard the right people. Please note your project should be at TRL 3 before applying.

Funded VPX projects

Below a list of the funded VPX projects under the VILLUM P2X Accelerator

Nitrofix Solutions

We have developed a method to produce ammonia locally and sustainably via the use of only air, water, and green electricity. Our aim is to decarbonized the nitrogen-based fertilizer production one farm at the time, cut the logistic costs of distributing fertilizer, and make the agricultural sector more resilient to external factors and political issues.


  • Suzanne Zamany Andersen
  • Mattia Saccoccio

Grant Period

  • 2022-2024

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GRAF2X: Carbon capture membranes enabled by graphene

We have developed a new graphene-enhanced, pressure-driven filtration membrane to remove CO2 from point-source emissions, which promises to dramatically reduce the cost of carbon capture. Our aim is to provide a low-cost, compact and modular CO2 filtration system that makes CCS economically viable for both SMEs and large industrial emitters.


  • Abhay Shivayogimath

Grant Period

  • 2023-2025

Sorption Booster for Ammonia Production

To unlock the potential of mild-condition ammonia synthesis, it is necessary to find an alternative to ammonia condensation, which, is used in the conventional energy intensive Haber-Bosch process. The promising solution is ammonia absorption by metal halides because these materials can efficiently and selectively remove ammonia down to ppm level at room temperature.

In this VPX project “Sorption Booster for Ammonia Production”, we focus on the design, construction and testing of sorption booster, a device based on sorption materials.


  • Anastasiia Karabanova

Grant Period

  • 2023-2025


We develop platinum alloy catalysts for fuel cells. The catalysts are manufactured by a patented technique through which platinum can be alloyed with almost any of the transition metals forming nano-particles. We look at alloys with rare earth metals as well as with other transition metals. The project is carried out at DTU Energy.


  • Benedikt Axel Brandes
  • Amado Andrés Velázquez-Palenzuela
  • Jens Oluf Jensen
  • Christian Stig Dalsgaard Nielsen

Grant Period

  • 2023-2025

Flue-to-Fuel – Biomediated Conversion of Flue gas CO2 to Biomethane

The Flue-to-Fuel technology (FtF) is a novel approach that combines carbon capture chemistry and biotechnology to tackle the gigatonne challenge of CO2 emission from flue gasses. Unlike conventional capture technologies that are limited by an energy penalty of heat to liberate and concentrate the CO2, the FtF technology alleviates this energy penalty by exploiting an innovative use of biotechnology, where microbes are used for integrated release and conversion of CO2 to produce sustainable methane. With this initiative, we aim to decarbonize the natural gas grid through robust and cost-effective carbon capture and utilization, to hereby transform CO2 from point source emissions into a valuable resource.


  • Michael Vedel Wegener Kofoed

Grant Period

  • 2023-2025


Flue to fuel

Management & Steering Committee

The secretariat is located at DTU, and takes care of the daily management and administration of the VILLUM P2X Accelerator.
We are hosted by DTU Physics, and you will find us at the DTU Physics premises on Fysikvej, building 307, rooms 154 to 160 (first floor)

The overall goals of the VILLUM P2X Accelerator are set by the Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee consists of nine members* and two observers.
*one representative from each of the partner universities, and four members representing the Danish P2X and start-up scene.

Jens Kehlet Nørskov, Professor, Technical University of Denmark

Vice Chairman
Bjerne S. Clausen, former CEO, Haldor Topsoe A/S

Alfred M. Spormann, Professor & Executive Director, Aarhus University
Anders Bøje Larsen, Chief Technology Officer, Greenlab Skive
Jan Rossmeisl, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Jens Ejbye Schmidt, Professor & Head of Department, University of Southern Denmark
Jørgen Tang-Jensen, Former CEO, VELUX A/S Denmark
Mads Pagh Nielsen, Head of the Electro Fuel Research Group, Aalborg University
Mette Dam Jensen, Chief Consultant, GreenTransition

Peter Vesborg, Professor & VPX Scientific Director, Technical University of Denmark
Jesper Klingsten Nielsen, VPX Technical Director, Technical University of Denmark


The center and the secretariat is located at DTU. As a national initiative it includes the following partners:


The VILLUM P2X Accelerator is funded by The Velux Foundations.