Denmark takes green lead in EU research programme

By State of Green, January 11, 2019

The latest numbers from the EU's research and innovation framework programme "Horizon 2020" place Denmark at the top of the energy category. Denmark's strong position as a green research frontrunner that is pioneering sustainable and energy-friendly solutions is clearly shown in the data on allocated Horizon 2020 funding.

When looking at the amount of research subsidies Denmark gets from the EU in the energy field, it is clear to see that Denmark takes a strong leadership position. The latest statement shows that Denmark receives around EUR 20,000 per 1,000 citizens. This means that during Horizon 2020’s history, the Danish energy research and innovation players have received around EUR 100 million.

The Danish Minister of Higher Education and Science, Tommy Ahlers said:

“I am pleased that Denmark is at the forefront when it comes to developing future solutions for today’s energy challenges. I am very focused on finding solutions for the climate challenges, and here Denmark really has something to offer. The impressive share of the Horizon 2020 programme clearly shows that Denmark gains a lot from being part of the EU.”

Tommy Ahlers, Minister for Higher Education and Science

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One of the energy projects that has received funding is i4Offshore. The Danish division of Siemens coordinates the project together with Aalborg University and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The project is a large demonstration project, which involves the entire energy production value chain. The goal is to find a solution for streamlining and reducing the costs of processes and selected technologies within off-shore wind. The research project is budgeted to around EUR 27 million, with EUR 20 million coming from the EU. Read more about the project.

The overall Danish share of the Horizon 2020 funds

Danish research institutes and corporations have now received almost EUR 900 million from the EU’s research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. The money is distributed amongst 1,564 different projects, to the benefit of Danish citizens and corporations.

The total share of the Horizon 2020 budget that Denmark has received is now 2.53 per cent. Looking at how much funding the EU countries have received in relation to their population, Denmark is in second place.

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The Ministry for Higher Education and Science obtains status reports on Denmark’s participation in the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, twice a year. The statements are based on the European Commission’s statistics on participation in the framework program.

The actual statement shows Denmark’s gain from Horizon 2020, calculated 5 years into the programme’s start. Horizon 2020 runs from 2014 to 2020.

In November 2018, the Ministry for Higher Education and Science published a new plan of action, which will contribute to Denmark gaining even more from the EU’s research and innovation programme.


The Danish Ministry for Science and Higher Education (in Danish)

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