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Research and innovation

New Calls 

InnovationsFonden – Denmark

InnovationsFonden offer grants for activities within:
• Strategic research
• Advanced technology projects
• Societal partnerships on innovation

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EUopSTART offers grants for the preparatory work of Danish businesses and knowledge institutions with a view to participating in selected European research programmes.

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Horizon 2020

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

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Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF)

Centre of Excellence
The Center of Excellence (CoE) program is the primary funding mechanism and the foundation’s flagship. A center grant is large and flexible, and a center may have a lifetime of up to 10 years.

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Do you need support?

It can be a time and resource consuming process to work out a research application. Center for IT Innovation can help you to:

  • Develop ideas for research projects
  • Identify funding opportunities
  • Find relevant partners, such as the authorities, enterprises and organizations
  • Find relevant researchers from other academic environments for your team
  • Find international partners to participate in your team or in an advisory board
  • Coordinate the process of working out the application
  • Assist the writing work on the application
  • Review your application
  • Support you in the entire process, from idea to final application

Feel free to contact us, if you have an idea for an interdisciplinary IT research project or if you, for instance, need help writing a research application.

Public funding 

The Danish Council for Independent Research

The Danish Council for Independent Research funds specific research activities, within all scientific areas, that are based on the researchers' own initiatives and that improve the quality and internationalisation of Danish research.
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Private funding 


TrygFonden prioritizes research projects of high quality in ten focus-areas within the themes: safety, health and wellbeing.
Read more, in Danish, here.

The VILLUM Foundation

The Foundation supports technical and basic scientific research and dissemination activities. Grants are awarded for major social initiatives, cultural projects and projects on the environment and sustainability in Denmark and other European countries.
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The VELUX Foundation

The Foundation gives priority to supporting active older persons, gerontological research, ophthalmological research and humanities research projects. The Foundation also supports major projects with cultural, environmental, social or artistic purposes.
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The Lundbeck foundation

The majority of the Lundbeck Foundation's grants support concrete scientific projects with budgets of up to DKK 5 million. Applications within biomedicine are awarded three times a year, while applications within the natural sciences are awarded once a year.
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Nykredit's Foundation

Nykredit's Foundation primarily supports:

  • Initiatives within the Danish business community, especially related to construction
  • Initiatives of research-based or cultural character, primarily for projects in relation to the construction sector or the financial sector

  • Other purposes of public utility, primarily projects with relation to the construction sector or the financial sector.

The foundation award annually grants totalling about 4-8 million DKK. Applications are handled as they are sent in and funding is granted three times every year - in April, September and December.
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Realdania is working to create quality of life through the built environment. All projects are aimed at benefiting the common good. As a rule projects should be new, not initiated before Realdania's involvement. Realdania distinguish between focus projects and flagship projects, which are more prominent.
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International funding

Examples of interdisciplinary IT research projects

CITH - Co-constructing IT and Healthcare

The CITH project will design, develop and test IT applications and services to help healthcare professionals and patients with ICDs (advanced pacemakers) get an overview of the patient’s condition for timely and adequate intervention. CITH is a collaboration between the University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen Business School, the IT University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet.
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CIDEA - Citizen Driven Environmental Action

The CIDEA Project is a cross-disciplinary and cross-sectorial research project funded by the Danish Strategic Research Council with approximately 11 million DKK. It is a 4 year project (1 January 2010 – 30 April 2014) involving 5 senior researchers, 3 PhD. students, 1 Post Doc. Student, a number of MA students and 6 Danish municipalities.
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ESICT - Experience-oriented Sharing of Health Knowledge via Information and Communication Technology

The ESICT-consortium (Experience-oriented Sharing of health knowledge via Information and Communication Technology) received a grant of 10.7 million DKK from the Danish Strategic Research Council. The grant is for research in methods and development of technologies providing citizens with an innovative information system on health and disease based on information technology, language technology and formalized medical knowledge. The ESICT system allows users to ask questions in natural language, which will be, answered the same way.
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Bike-ability: cities for zero-emission travel and public health

The project will investigate, analyse and model cycling behaviour and -motivation.  A number of data collection- and analysis methods will be taken into use, ranging from GIS based modelling and agent based simulation, over national surveys, to case studies and qualitative approaches based on interviews and logbooks. Analyses will be applied on various scales from national over neighbourhoods to individual cyclists.  Partners are the Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning, University of Copenhagen, The Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics (ISSCB), University of Southern Denmark, Department of Architecture and Design (A&D), Aalborg University, the Traffic Research Group (TRG), Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, the Department of Transport & Planning, Delft University of Technology, the Danish Cancer Society and the Danish Cyclists Federation. The Danish Strategic Research Council supports the project by 13 million DKK.
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High Performance High Productivity Tools for Industrial Image Analysis

The purpose of the project is to develop a high speed and high productivity tool in connection with industrial processing of meat production. The means is computer based image analysis, the driver is a parallel connected supercomputer, that can speed up the calculation processes and the overall purpose with the project is to reduce time consuming feed-back processes in the industrial meat production. The project starts in 2010 and is supported by the Danish Strategic Research Council by 5,4 million DKK.
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Strategic Research – Principles and instruments, 2011

"Strategic Research – Principles and instruments” outlines overall values and general guidelines for allocation of funds for strategic research.
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RESEARCH2015 – A Basis for Prioritisation of strategic Research, 2008

The catalogue is a result of an extensive process during which several hundreds of people from universities; research councils, public institutions, businesses, ministries and interest groups etc. have been involved in the identification of the most significant strategic research needs.
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