Innovation Fund Denmark

Provides 0.7 - 4M € in subsidies for research and development within:

About Innovation Fund Denmark

In 2017, Innovation Fund Denmark will invest €75M in innovative initiatives to create growth and employment in Denmark.

Possibilities with Innovation Fund Denmark

Since the merger of the funds is still recent, the requirements for the individual programs may change as they develop. The information on this page will therefore be updated regularly as the calls are being published. 

Innovationsfonden works within the following 6 research areas:

  • Bioresources, Food and Lifestyle
  • Trade, Service and Society
  • Energy, Climate and Environment
  • Production, Materials, Digitisation and ICT
  • Infrastructure, Transport and Construction
  • Biotech, Medico and Health

Grand Solutions

Innovation Fund Denmark offers co-financing for projects focussing is on research, technology, experimental development and/or market development. The fund has the following requirements for the projects:

  • 2-5 years duration
  • Maximum co-financing of up to 50% (60% for SMEs). Upon successful application projects receive DKK 5-30M in co-funding
  • Participation from a minimum of one Danish company and one Danish public research institution
  • The funding from the Innovation Fund Denmark can account for a maximum of 75% of the total project costs

Industrial PhD

An Industrial PhD is an industrially focused research project which is conducted jointly by a private sector company, an Industrial PhD student and a university. The Industrial PhD student is employed by a company in Denmark and at the same time enrolled at a university. The programme offer the following financing opportunities: 

For the company

Innovation Fund Denmark will finance up to DKK 17,000 per month of the Industrial PhD student’s salary for three years, but no more than 50 pct. of the gross salary (gross salary equals salary plus pension contributions). The company will have DKK 100,000 at disposal for the Industrial PhD candidate’s traels and courses.

For the university

Innovation Fund Denmark provides a fixed amount to the university to cover expences for supervision, work facilities etc. The amount for Danish and non-Danish universities for the three-year period is, incl. overhead: DKK 360,000 for projects within the technical, fundamental, agricultural, veterinary and health sciences, and DKK 252,000 for projects within humanities and social sciences


The InnoBooster programme invests in promising ideas from SMEs, start-ups and scientists. The goal is to transform good ideas to value for society in terms of growth and jobs.  Upon succesfull application, projects get funding of up to DKK 5M. InnoBooster covers 33% of project expenses. 

Read more about InnoBooster. 

Upcoming deadlines

Below are the upcoming deadlines for Innovation Fund Denmark. Expect 1-2 months for the proposal writing process.


An Industrial PhD is a three-year industrially focused research project and PhD education which is carried out in a collaboration between a company, an Industrial PhD candidate and a university.



With Grand Solutions, companies and government actors can get support for innovation projects. The Innovation Fund has not yet published the announcements for 2018, but it is expected that thematic reports will be published within:

  • Strategic growth technologies, including: materials, digitization, production, drones and space
  • Bioresources, food and lifestyle
  • Health and clinical research
  • Welfare and education
  • Energy
  • Environmental Engineering

The calls are expected to be published in December. We recommend using last years calls and guidelines to start the preperation of your proposal. 


Through the ”open call”, Innovation Fund Denmark wishes to strengthen knowledge-based projects, which lead to increased growth and employment in Denmark and/or solves important societal challenges. 

This deadline is indicative. The call will be published in February. 

Can your project get funding from Innovation Fund Denmark?

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Can your project get funding?

We can tell you if your project is suited for public funding. Tell us a little bit about your project we can help you identify the funding potential.

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We help companies obtain public funding by converting good projects to well-prepared applications.

Our services cover the entire application process:

Identifying funding opportunities
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Planning and scoping your project
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Writing the successful application
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