09 January 2018

Elite Research

Danish research at the top of the class

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen can deservedly give themselves a pat on the back. In 2017, UCPH researches accumulated more than 1 billion DKK in EU funding from Horizon 2020. This makes UCPH research the fifth most supported in Europe.

Horizon 2020 grants funds for absolute frontier research in Europe among other things. The grant also considers particularly promising researches in any stage of their career, which allows immersion in any particularly original research idea.

The EU funds are distributed within three areas: Societal Challenges, Industrial Leadership and Excellent Science.  Especially support for excellent fundamental research and talent development forms the basis of UCPH's success. 86% of the funds granted to UCPH's researchers thus fall within the Excellent Science category.

“A large portion of the success is due to joint Danish investments over a number of years. The government's globalisation funds have played an important role, but also initiatives from private foundations and companies have been decisive. It is this partnership between public and private players that gives Denmark a unique opportunity to be at the highest international level," says Prorector Thomas Bjørnholm.

In 2017, researchers at the University of Copenhagen have signed 90 EUgrant agreements. Horizon 2020 has a total budget of EUR 75 billion of which just over EUR 40 billion still remain to be awarded. Made up on the basis of total wins up to 2017.

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