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Danish businesses successful at securing EU innovation support

April 29, 2016
Denmark received the second greatest amount of funding per capita from the EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are particularly successfully at securing programme support for innovative businesses.

Denmark is second only to the Netherlands at securing the most financial support from the EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. Danish project participants have received total funding that corresponds to almost DKK 470 per capita, according to a new report from the European Commission.

- I am pleased that Danish researchers and companies are successfully securing EU support for research and innovation projects. It is a testament to the high quality of Danish research, says Minister for Higher Education and Science Ulla Tørnæs.

SME success

Danish small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are positioned particularly well in the competitive arena of attracting EU funding. In the special programme for innovative companies, Danish SMEs rank fourth per capita out of the top twenty countries that secure funding.

- Research and innovation create value for society – it makes us smarter, provides growth and new jobs, and develops our society. I therefore encourage applicants across the country to continue availing of opportunities to apply for EU funding, says the minister.

Support for international researcher education, researcher mobility and career development

The report also shows that Denmark performs admirably in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie researcher education and mobility programme. Of the 591 Horizon projects with Danish participation, a total of 179 projects have been launched within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme which supports international researcher education, researcher mobilty and career development.

Since the Horizon 2020 programme began in January 2014, Danish researchers and businesses have secured more than DKK 2.7 billion in funding, which corresponds to 2.5 per cent of the Horizon 2020 grants allocated to date.

The next report and overview of Denmark's participation in Horizon 2020 is expected in November 2016.

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About Horizon 2020

  • Horizon 2020 is the EU framework programme for research and innovation for 2014-2020 and has a budget of ca. EUR 75 billion.
  • The programme offers project financing for researchers, companies, entrepreneurs, organisations and regions.

For further information please contact:

Head of division Katrine Nissen, Danish Agency for Science, Tehcnology and Innovation, tel: +45 7231 8240, e-mail: katn@fi.dk

Press and communication adviser Steen Bruun Jensen, tel: +45 7231 8216, e-mail: sbj@fi.dk

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