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Broad agreements on millions for research and innovation

November 04, 2013
Two broadly supported agreements have been reached on the allocation of DKK 859 million in 2014 to research activities and significant ventures in the large new Danish National Innovation Foundation.

On 31 October, the Danish government reached two broad agreements on a total of DKK 859 million from the research reserve.

The agreements entail support for research in selected areas, as well as implementing a number of large scale initiatives under the auspices of the new Danish National Innovation Foundation. Furthermore, independent research will be given a boost, including a targeted effort to ensure better gender equality in Danish research environments.

The Danish government, together with political parties Venstre (the Danish Liberal Party), Dansk Folkeparti (the Danish People’s Party), Enhedslisten (the Red-Green Alliance), and Det Konservative Folkeparti (the Conservative People’s Party) have reached agreement on the allocation of DKK 678 million from the research reserve in 2014 to cross-cutting research initiatives as well as the Danish National Innovation Foundation being charged with initiating five large societal partnerships.

The government and political parties Venstre, Det Konservative Folkeparti and Liberal Alliance – the parties behind the 2012 disability pension/flex job agreement – have also agreed to allocate DKK 181 million to research and development activities.

Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education Morten Østergaard is please that, to a great extent, broad agreement on the allocation has been achieved.

- With these agreements, we strengthen the foundation for independent research and take the first steps in the direction of making our ideas and ambitions about the Danish National Innovation Foundation a reality. Relatively speaking, we are among the top countries in the world that invest the most public funds in research and development, but we must improve how we translate our knowledge to solutions and growth. This Finance Act helps pave the way for finding answers to concrete societal challenges, which also present enormous opportunities for creating new jobs in Denmark to replace many of those that have been lost, says Morten Østergaard.

Research spokesperson Mette Reissmann (S):

- We have chosen to take an important step towards gender equality within Danish research. There are too few female professors and we have many talented women who need a little nudge forward. This agreement provides such a thing for them, says Mette Reissmann.

Research spokesperson Jonas Dahl (SF):

- The Socialistisk Folkeparti (the Socialist People’s Party) is particularly pleased that we will see increased psychiatric research and a boost for clinical research. But I also believe that it is worth highlighting that we have secured funds for research into how we can reduce the congestion and environmental impact in the transport sector, says Jonas Dahl.

Research spokesperson Pernille Skipper (EL):

- It has been important for Enhedslisten (the Red-Green Alliance) for the research funds to have a green imprint – for example by the extra-large focus on organic food research as well as the strengthening of independent research. A number of important steps have been taken within the research area with this agreement, says Pernille Skipper.

The agreements on the allocation of the research reserve in 2014 are broken down as follows:

Fordeling af forskningsreserven i 2014 til tværgående forskningsinitiativer
DKK million (2014 pl)2014

Implementation of research reserve 


1. Danish National Innovation Foundation - the foundation for strategic research, advanced technology and innovation


Research into organic food production 30
Research into health, quality f life and clinical research 60
Research into environment, water, domestic waste sorting, and resources for competitive technologies and solutions 65
Research into strategic growth technologies, including production and material technologies as well as ICT 36
Research into transport and logistics 27
Improved SMV effort 39

2. Development and demonstration programmes


The programme for promoting eco-innovation: Miljøteknologisk Udviklings- og Demonstrationsprogram (MUDP) 45

3. Entrepreneurship


Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Global Entrepreneurhip Week (GEW)


4. International research collaboration


International research collaboration 14
Sino-Danish Center for Edcuation and Research in Beijing 29

Increased Danish recipients of funding from EU programmes


5. Independent research with focus on talent development, etc.


The Danish Council for Independent Research 219
EliteForsk 10
The Grundtvig Center 10
The research portal 2
Knowledge base for research, innovation and education, Danish coastal tourism research as well as an assessment of drone technology 15

6. Research infrastructure


7. Terror research and cyber security



Allocation of the research reserve in 2014 with reference to the June 2012 agreement on the reform of disability pensions and flexjobs

DKK miliion, 2014-priser
For implementation, cf. Agreement on the reform of disability pensions and flexjobs June 2012 181
Research into bioresources, food and other biological products 116
The Innovation Network 35
Danish Council for Independent Research 30

For further information please contact:

Head of division Nils Korsby, tel. +45 7231 8050, e-mail: nrk@fivu.dk

Head of press Ingeborg Nielsen, tel. +45 2211 0200, e-mail: imen@fivu.dk

Research spokespeople for political parties:
Esben Lunde Larsen (V), tel. +45 6162 5175

Mette Reissmann (S), tel. +45 6162 5185

Jens Henrik Thulesen Dahl (DF), tel. +45 6162 5159

Lotte Rod (RV), tel. +45 3337 4706

Jonas Dahl (SF): tel. +45 6162 4615

Pernille Skipper (EL), tel. +45 6162 5100

Simon Emil Ammitzbøll (LA), tel.+45 3337 4903

Vivi Kier (KF), tel. +45 6162 5380

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