The Danish research and innovation landscape

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International collaboration is essential to the quality of Danish research and innovation. With the ambition of being one of the leading knowledge societies in the world Denmark is dependent on international networks, providing the access to cutting edge knowledge regardless of national borders. And the Danish research and innovation landscape is indeed anchored in international partnerships.

This website focuses on the main institutions for research and innovation that are partially or entirely financed by public funds.

These institutions include:



There are eight universities of varying sizes in Denmark located all over the country. The universities are:

Aalborg University

Aarhus University

Copenhagen Business School

IT University of Copenhagen

Roskilde University

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

University of Copenhagen

University of Southern Denmark 


Governement Research Institutions

In addition to the research-based public sector services supplied by the Danish universities, there are three government research institutions that supply services to the state.

The three institutions are:

Statens Serum Institut (SSI)

The Danish National Centre for Social Research

The National Research Centre for the Working Environment

Where the two national centres supply traditional research-based services, SSI holds particular national responsibilities such as responsabilities for preventing epidemia/pandemia.


GTS – Advanced Technology Group

GTS – Advanced Technology Group is a network consisting of nine independent Danish research and technology organisations – the GTS institutes. The GTS institutes each have their individual profile, which varies according to size, turnover, research intensity, sector vs. technological focus (broad or deep) and historical origin.

The GTS institutes are not-for-profit organisations. They are private independent consulting firms, which develop and sell state-of-the-art technological services to private enterprises and public authorities.

The GTS institutes sell their services on commercial terms in Denmark and abroad. At the same time, the GTS institutes collaborate closely with the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science on technology-based promotion of trade and industry that increase Denmark’s international competitive strength.

The GTS institutes offer knowledge, technology and consultancy, co-operation on technological and market-related innovation, testing, optimisation, quality assurance, certifications and benchmarking – all of which contribute to enhancing the international competitiveness of the business sector and benefit society in general. The institutes develop and offer state-of-the-art technological services within respective specialist fields. Customers are private businesses as well as public authorities on national and international levels. The GTS institutes also constitute the core of the technological infrastructure in Denmark, e.g. testing facilities, certification and approval activities.

The nine GTS institutes are:


Alexandra Institute


DBI - Danishh Institute of Fire and Security Technology

DELTA - Danish Electronics, Lights & Acoustics

DFM - Danish Institute of Fundamental Metrology


Force Technology

Danish Technological Institute