Innovation Fund Denmark invests in mission-driven green research and innovation partnerships that will make a significant contribution to the green transformation of society and the development of sustainable climate technologies for the benefit of Denmark and the rest of the world.

Four missions in green research strategy

With the green research strategy from September 2020, the Danish government designates four specific green research and innovation missions that will contribute to the green transition nationally.

The four missions are:

  1. Collection and storage or use of CO2
  2. Green fuels for transport and industry (Power-to-X etc.)
  3. Climate- and environment-friendly agriculture and food production
  4. Circular economy with a focus on plastics and textiles

Based on a thorough evaluation process, the Innovation Fund's board has given commitments to four mission-driven, green research and innovation partnerships.

The four partnerships are:

Thus commitments have been made to one partnership within each of four green missions, which the government has designated with the green research strategy from 2020, and which all parties in the Folketinget have allocated funds to implement.

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Background and process

Green research and innovation partnerships

In the agreement on the research reserve 2021, the government together with the other parties in the Folketinget set aside a total of DKK 700,000,000 for the establishment of green research and innovation partnerships that fulfill the specific missions.

The aim of the partnerships is to contribute to:

  1. achieve the goal of a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in Denmark by 2030 and net-zero emissions in 2050 and to strengthen the environment and nature.
  2. increased competitiveness for Danish business and industry.

The investments in mission-driven partnerships will accelerate the development of ground-breaking green solutions through strategic and coherent green research, spanning all the way from strategic research to commercialization.

The success of the green transition is strongly dependent on a systemic development of technologies and solutions in close cooperation and coordination between relevant actors in the entire value chain with a long-term focus.

To achieve the ambitious goal, the missions must:

  • be based on a comprehensive assessment of the innovative solutions needed to achieve a transformative effect in one of the defined mission areas.
  • outline a group of synergistic, sequential innovation projects/efforts (the mission roadmap) to achieve a clearly defined transformative impact.
  • indicate how the Danish effort fits into/relates to/makes use of relevant efforts at a European and global level, based on current or potential Danish strengths.
  • and executed by one or more self-established agile partnerships per mission area that includes a diverse set of stakeholders, are multidisciplinary and may include international partners.

Two-phase posting process

The selection of green research and innovation partnerships is the result of a two-phase call-up process:

Phase 1: Development and decision on mission roadmaps
All relevant actors in the Danish research and innovation system are encouraged to develop a socio-technical back-track roadmap from 2050, which describes challenges and shortcomings within the mission, positions of strength and potential and outlines key activities and relevant workstream themes for future partnerships.

An international panel of experts helps the Innovation Foundation's board to select one or more roadmaps under each mission to form the backbone of the activities in future mission-driven partnerships.

Publication: Roadmaps for mission-driven green research and innovation partnerships (Innomission-roadmaps)

Published: March 17, 2021

Phase 2: Call for partnerships
The call for partnerships will be announced after the selection of timetables. The selection of partnerships will be based on a thorough evaluation and selection process, including international peer reviewers, on the actions within the framework of the selected roadmaps. There can be one or more partnerships within each mission. The upcoming green research and innovation partnerships, which will be selected in December, will be of decisive importance for the green transition in Denmark, the targets for emission reduction, and the partnerships must contribute to increasing the competitiveness and growth opportunities of Danish companies.

Publication: Mission-driven green research and innovation partnerships (Innomission partnerships)

Published: August 16, 2021

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