Danish Funding Programmes
Annually, Denmark invests almost DKK 20 billion in research and development. A part of this amount is invested via national funding programmes with different thematic focus and support for different phases in the innovation cycle.
InnoBooster boosts great innovation ideas with clear and ambitious goals such as new products, services or improvement of a process to increase competitiveness. Applying for InnoBooster is also relevant if your company needs new knowledge, e.g., through collaboration with knowledge institutions, a private development company or new staff with specific competences.
InnoBooster invests in knowledge-based innovative projects from SMEs, startups and scientists. Depending on your need and perspective, an InnoBooster grant can add up to DKK 5 mio.
Grand Solutions projects are often characterised by high risk profile. They focus on ambitious results with high value creation in Denmark in terms of new knowledge, growth, employment or solutions to societal challenges.
Most projects entail a collaboration among companies, universities and research institutions. Often they have a high degree of research and innovation activities – albeit projects can cover every stage from strategic research to implementation. Most projects get a grant of DKK 5-30 million and have a duration of 2-5 years.
EUopSTART aims to intensify the internationalisation of Danish research. Moreover, the programme wants to strengthen the interaction between research institutions and businesses within research and innovation.
Through EUopSTART, organisations can apply for small grants for the preparatory work of developing proposals to selected European research programmes. As such, EUopSTART is a pre-funding scheme that alleviates part of the risk and the resources needed for developing, e.g., a proposal for a Horizon 2020 funding scheme.
The Energy Technology and Development and Demonstration Programme supports the development and demonstration of energy technologies. Research activities can, to some extend, also be supported if they are part of development and demonstration projects.
Support is given to both companies and universities. Energy technologies are defined broadly and covers, e.g., renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency technologies, conversion technologies (fuel cells and hydrogen), integration of energy systems including storage, more efficient methods for recovery of oil and gas and storage of CO2, etc. There is no fixed grant size. EUDP has previously funded small as well as large projects adding up to DKK +50 million.