The aim of the ROCKWOOL Foundation is to create new, independent knowledge that addresses the challenges facing welfare societies. This is achieved through research and through the development and trialling of innovative new solutions to specific problems in society – solutions that can ultimately be implemented nationwide in Denmark.
One of the great challenges to the welfare society in Denmark is to make it possible for all children and young people to pass into adulthood with an appropriate educational background and with the general skills needed to acquire a firm foothold in the labour market. If this can be achieved, it will help to secure not only the personal wellbeing of individuals but also the financial sustainability of the welfare society itself. However, it is calculated that up to eight percent of any given annual cohort begin their adult lives without a proper education or a stable relationship with the labour market. These young people are vulnerable. The ROCKWOOL Foundation provides support for projects that can increase the knowledge we have about vulnerable young people through an initiative that crosses the boundaries separating its four existing research areas and between its research and intervention activities. The objective of this initiative is to focus on risk behaviour among vulnerable young people. We will examine their time use, and will attempt to determine what factors, in terms of family background and ethnic origins, increase the risk of young people becoming vulnerable.
In this connection, individuals and organisations active in this field are welcome to seek 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 nearly 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 fine-tuning of the project idea before a donation is made.
Projects and activities that will not be supported by the Foundation
The ROCKWOOL Foundation does not support the following types of projects and activities:
- projects with party political, church or religious goals
- projects with goals directed towards entertainment, sports or leisure activities, including the activities of sports clubs
- camping trips, 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 that are written in Danish or English.