The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded DKK 5 million over 5 years to the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences for an ambitious project that will contribute to laying the foundations for making Denmark one of the five leading science and engineering regions in the world.
The project will produce reports, set the agenda, mobilize decision-makers and initiate new specific initiatives within science and engineering.
Science and engineering involve developing new technologies and creating imaginative solutions for using the technologies. Technological development plays a very important role in key areas of our everyday lives such as health, production and managing and stewarding global resources. For example, digitization offers many new opportunities if companies can incorporate digital aspects into their business models.
Key objectives of the project include building knowledge and understanding what is required to develop and become one of the leading global science and engineering regions. The first step is to produce knowledge and facts, and the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences will therefore regularly publish reports as part of the project. The other part of the project comprises specific initiatives, with the Academy acting as a midwife based on the findings of the reports.
“This project will give the Danes the opportunity to become part of a leading science and engineering region with the consequent opportunities for growth and jobs,” says Per Falholt, Chairman of the Science and Engineering Committee of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences.
Dagnia Looms, Head of Strategic Awards of the Novo Nordisk Foundation, says:
“Denmark already has a prominent position within science and engineering, but the international competition is fierce. In awarding the grant to the Academy, we want to contribute to creating knowledge so that decision-makers can make informed decisions and set priorities based on a solid scientific foundation, thereby strengthening Denmark’s position in this field.”
Five foundations and seven universities are contributing to the project, which has a budget of DKK 30 million.