The Foundation

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

The ROCKWOOL Foundation is an impartial, self-financing foundation which exists to generate knowledge that can contribute to strengthening the social and economic sustainability of the welfare state.

History

The ROCKWOOL Foundation was established in December 1981, when six members of the Kähler family made over to it the equivalent of 25 percent of the shares in ROCKWOOL International. From the outset, the declared aim of the Foundation was to contribute to the broad public good by carrying out independent, reliable research; this aim has subsequently been expanded to include the development of practical interventions.

Fundamental principles

The ROCKWOOL Foundation supports independent research and the development of innovative solutions through practical interventions to challenges faced by society.

The overarching objective of both research and interventions is to contribute to strengthening the social and financial sustainability of the welfare state through the generation of new, independent knowledge about the challenges faced by society and through the development of solutions to these challenges. A precondition for answering the challenges of financing and maintaining the cohesion of the welfare state is the provision of reliable information concerning the problems faced by society. The independent generation of relevant knowledge and facts is crucial to enabling actors in society to engage in meaningful and significant democratic discussions, and represents an important contribution to enabling political decision-makers to establish priorities and to organise the institutions of the welfare state.

The Board of the Foundation decides which projects will be supported, on the basis of recommendations from expert committees.

Research

The ROCKWOOL Foundation supports impartial research related to the social and economic challenges that threaten the sustainability of the welfare state. The goal of this research support is to raise the level of information and improve the quality of knowledge available to key decision-makers in society.
MORE ABOUT RESEARCH

Interventions

The ROCKWOOL Foundation supports the identification, development and trialling of innovative solutions to specific and significant problems faced by society – solutions that achieve their effects through practical interventions. The goal of this support is to generate knowledge about how practical interventions can be used to develop innovative and effective solutions to challenges faced by society.
MORE ABOUT INTERVENTIONS

Vacancies

Currently no open positions.

How we provide support for projects

The aim of the ROCKWOOL Foundation is to generate new, independent knowledge that addresses the challenges facing the welfare society. This is achieved through research and through the development and trialling of innovative solutions to specific problems in society – solutions that can ultimately be implemented nationwide in Denmark.

In this connection, individuals and organisations active in this field are welcome to apply for financial support for research or for the development and trialling of new ideas for interventions. However, it is rare for an application to be approved and a project implemented solely on the basis of the original application. In practice, support from the Foundation almost always involves discussion of the project and work with personnel from the Foundation’s Interventions Unit or Research Unit after the initial application, with a view to focusing and refining the project proposal before it is presented to the relevant expert committees and the Board. It is the Board of the Foundation which makes the final decisions on which projects will be supported, on the basis of recommendations from the expert committees.

Projects and activities that the Foundation will not support

The ROCKWOOL Foundation does not support the following types of projects and activities:

  • projects with  party political, church-related or religious goals
  • projects with goals directed towards entertainment, sports or leisure activities, including the activities of sports clubs
  • stays in camps, and travel in general
  • study visits, stipends, or Masters/PhD degree projects, including periods of study abroad
  • the establishment of, or investment in, capital equipment, plant and machinery
  • projects and activities that fall outside the Foundation’s research areas
  • the publication of books that are not linked to activities organised or supported by the ROCKWOOL Foundation.

Applications for support

The Foundation will only consider applications that are submitted electronically and written in Danish or English.

Research

Anyone wishing to collaborate with the ROCKWOOL Foundation on a research project should first make sure that the project falls within one or more of the Foundation’s focus areas. Next, it is important to ensure that the project accords with the characteristics of the Foundation’s research activities, as described here. Finally, applicants should understand that the Foundation primarily supports research that is based to a significant extent on quantitative methods.

Potential research partners who believe that their proposed project is relevant for the Foundation are requested to contact Bodil Wullum Nielsen of the ROCKWOOL Foundation Research Unit (email bon@rff.dk) for further information.

Interventions

  • Check that the project falls within one or more of the Foundation’s focus areas and make sure that it fulfils our requirements for practical interventions, as described above.
  • Download our application form and budget form. Applications must be written in Danish or English.
  • Complete the forms, and email them to kontakt@rfintervention.dk to receive further information.
  • Remember to write “Application for financial support” in the subject line of the email.
  • Applications will be processed as they are received.

The ROCKWOOL Foundation does not give reasons for the rejection of applications.

 

Management

Finance Manager and Chief of Staff
M: +45 25 26 57 02 kk@rockwoolfonden.dk 
Chief of Research
M: +45 29 24 64 19 jrs@rff.dk 
Chief of Interventions
M: +45 51 51 29 20 hbl@rfintervention.dk 

Administration

Finance Manager and Chief of Staff
M: +45 25 26 57 02 kk@rockwoolfonden.dk 
Special Consultant
M: +45 60 57 54 75 bon@rockwoolfonden.dk 
Visual Designer
M: +45 61 65 62 31 sl@rockwoolfonden.dk 
Book-keeper
+45 33 34 47 00 sh@rockwoolfonden.dk 
Secretary
+45 33 34 48 00 ggr@rff.dk 
Service Assistant
Custodian
M: +45 31 40 06 68 hd@rockwoolfonden.dk 

The Board

Working together with the management, the members of the Board bring their extensive knowledge and experience of international business and politics to bear on the strategic development of the Foundation.
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The Research Programme Committee

In order to ensure that high academic standards are maintained and to avoid unnecessary expenditure of resources on areas that have already been researched or are in process of being researched elsewhere, the Board has set up a Research Programme Committee. The committee is made up of leading professors from Denmark and other countries working within the fields of research prioritised by the Foundation.
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The Interventions Programme Committee

In order to ensure that high standards are maintained and that the Foundation’s projects have the potential to be scaled up to national level, the Board has established an Interventions Programme Committee. The committee is made up of people with experience in the design, implementation and deployment of practical interventions, as well as people with academic skills in analysing the results of randomised controlled trials.
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Personnel

Researcher
M: +45 50 48 22 45 abj@rff.dk 
Senior Social Innovator – interaction designer
M: +45 28 70 49 52 ae@rfintervention.dk 
Researcher
M: +45 23 30 23 80 aht@rff.dk 
Research Leader and Professor
M: +45 40 93 56 98 aho@rff.dk 
Social Innovator - Project Lead
M: +45 24 23 44 43 asm@rfintervention.dk 
Senior Social Innovator - chief psychologist
+45 51 90 40 90 af@rfintervention.dk 
Senior Research Economist
M: +45 61 66 11 59 afl@rfintervention.dk 
PhD Student
M: +45 42 72 68 78 asa@rff.dk 
Head of Programme - Employment - maternity leave
M: +45 31 72 94 37 amk@rfintervention.dk 
Senior Research Economist - maternity leave
M: +45 30 24 42 26 bb@rfintervention.dk 
Special Consultant
M: +45 60 57 54 75 bon@rockwoolfonden.dk 
Researcher
M: +45 61 99 70 34 ch@rff.dk 
Student Research Assistant
Professor
M: +1 609-462-6797 cw@rff.dk 
Data manager, Researcher
M: +45 30 12 74 75 cl@rff.dk 
Student Research Assistant
Service Assistant
Research Assistant
Student Research Assistant
M: +45 60 73 69 89 ede@rfintervention.dk 
Student Research Assistant
Research Leader
M: +45 23 29 27 11 esh@rff.dk 
Secretary
+45 33 34 48 00 ggr@rff.dk 
Chief of Interventions
M: +45 51 51 29 20 hbl@rfintervention.dk 
Research Economist - maternity leave
M: +45 28 18 96 03 hwf@rfintervention.dk 
Senior Social Innovator – Service designer
M: +45 28 90 58 30 hra@rfintervention.dk 
Custodian
M: +45 31 40 06 68 hd@rockwoolfonden.dk 
Project Assistant
M: + 45 25 30 59 28 isg@rfintervention.dk 
Senior Researcher
M: +45 42 49 36 10 jla@rff.dk 
Research Leader, professor
M: +45 61 16 33 73 jar@rff.dk 
Chief of Research
M: +45 29 24 64 19 jrs@rff.dk 
Director of Social Innovation
Social Innovator - Project Lead
M: +45 31 71 06 70 jbe@rfintervention.dk 
PhD Student
M: +45 28 40 81 87 jem@rff.dk 
Social Innovator – Project Lead
M: +45 31 23 64 31 jlb@rfintervention.dk 
Research Assistant
M: +45 30 27 09 05 jfl@rff.dk 
Finance Manager and Chief of Staff
M: +45 25 26 57 02 kk@rockwoolfonden.dk 
PhD Student
M: +45 61 65 01 83 khb@rff.dk 
Research Leader
M: +45 61 66 63 78 lha@rff.dk 
Research Assistant
M: +45 60 95 86 37 llh@rff.dk 
Senior Social Innovator - strategy
Project Assistant
M: 41433132 lrg@rfintervention.dk 
Research Assistant
M: +45 28 12 60 26 mlc@rff.dk 
Student Research Assistant
Director of Scaling – System innovation for social impact
M: +45 31 66 36 84 mg@rfintervention.dk 
Senior Researcher and Chief of Projects
M: +45 41 56 26 76 mls@rff.dk 
Student Research Assistant
M: +45 20 95 15 76 mlt@rff.dk 
Student Research Assistant
Student Research Assistant
PhD Student
M: +45 31 26 24 96 mlh@rff.dk 
PhD Student
M: +45 23 40 83 44 mme@rff.dk 
Research coordinator
M: +45 31 22 53 87 mis@rfintervention.dk 
Research Assistant
Senior Research Economist - maternity cover
Head of Programme - Education
Research Leader
M: +45 61 33 31 84 pf@rff.dk 
Research Leader
M: +45 20 70 44 29 rl@rff.dk 
Student Research Assistant
Social Innovator – anthropologist – maternity leave
M: + 45 41 10 92 84 rbp@rfintervention.dk 
PhD Student
Visual Designer
M: +45 61 65 62 31 sl@rockwoolfonden.dk 
Student Research Assistant
M: +45 42 22 52 43 shp@rfintervention.dk 
Research Leader and Deputy Chief of Research
M: +45 20 69 82 82 sha@rff.dk 
Research assistant
M: +45 61 39 02 92 snv@rff.dk 
Book-keeper
+45 33 34 47 00 sh@rockwoolfonden.dk 
Head of Programme - Schooling
M: +45 53 60 48 01 tsn@rfintervention.dk 
Research Assistant
M: +45 25 11 26 07 tbc@rff.dk 
Student Research Assistant