The aim is to strengthen and further develop the internationalisation of Danish research and thus ensure that the best Danish researchers and research groups get an opportunity to coordinate and develop their research cooperation across national borders.
Nordic research cooperation
The most important Nordic research forums for The Danish Council for Independent Research are the Joint Committees for Nordic Research and NordForsk.
The national research funding agencies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway collaborate in joint committees for research in the fields of humanities and social sciences (NOS-HS), medicine (NOS-M) and natural sciences (NOS-N). The aim is to enhance and stimulate Nordic research cooperation, e.g. through coordinating activities among the Nordic research councils and financing joint Nordic research projects.
NordForsk is an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers which provides funding for Nordic research cooperation as well as advice and input on Nordic research policy.
European research cooperation
The Danish Council for Independent Research supports the ambition of establishment of a common European research area where European researchers cooperate across academic and national borders. Free movement of knowledge, researchers and technology and better coordination of research activities and research policies are decisive.
Besides EU's 7th framework programme (FP7), the Council’s focus is primarily on the research cooperation under EU, Science Europe and European Science Foundation.
The Council took active part in the establishment of Science Europe with its primary task to influence research policy in Europe and EU in particular.
Science Europe is an association of European research funding organisations and research performing organisations, based in Brussels. Science Europe promotes the collective interests of the research funding and performing organisations of Europe and supports its member organisations in their efforts to foster European research.
The Council is also a member of the European Science Foundation which is a confederation of research councils and similar organisations in Europe working to promote free, independent research. ESF is a forum for change of knowledge information and discussions regarding science. The Council’s membership has given Danish researchers access to the many activities launched by the Foundation.
Global research cooperation
The Danish Council for Independent Research seeks to further cooperation of Danish research with strong research environments in growth markets in and outside Europe. Especially through bilateral agreements. Examples of this are the cooperation with the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the US and the establishment of innovation centres in growth markets. Moreover, the Council has actively participated in the establishment of the Global Research Council.
The Danish Council for Independent Research and NSF both wish to increase the international mobility of Danish and American postdocs. As such, the two research councils have agreed to inform postdocs of the possibility to seek grants for a research stay in Denmark and the US respectively.
Innovation Centres Denmark
The Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education has established a number of Innovation centres in international research environments and growth markets. The task of the innovation centres is to locally support access for Danish companies and research institutions to foreign knowledge, network, technology, capital and markets. The Danish Council for Independent Research supports these initiatives and wishes to contribute to the establishment of new innovation centres where it is estimated to be beneficial for Danish research.