Industrial Researcher

Are you a researcher with the courage to pursue a career in  business?

Or are you in a company or university and have the idea for a research project that can create commercial value for the  company?

Industrial Researcher invests in Industrial PhD & Industrial Postdoc projects. In both courses, the candidate is employed in a private company and enrolled in, or works with, a public research institution. The candidate is working on the same research project in both  locations.



    Innovation Fund Denmark invests in research projects in all disciplines, as long as it is a high-quality research project with commercial relevance to the company.

    Updated June 2020 Guidelines
    Pr. On June 26, 2020, we updated the guidelines for Industrial PhD and Industrial Postdoc with a number of small but important changes.

    With the changes, Innovation Fund Denmark has removed the requirement for a named candidate when applying for a public Industrial Researcher and allowed an Industrial Postdoc candidate to have been employed in the private sector for a maximum of 12 months, in the case of a re- application with the same candidate.


    You will find current guidelines on the individual search options (see list below)

    Early guidelines for business researcher projects

    Kick-off on new Industrial PhD projects

    Industrial Research Committee

    The Industrial Researcher Committee makes the professional assessment of all Industrial Researcher applications. The processing time is a maximum of two months, unless the committee requests additional information for the assessment.





    Chairman and Vice-Chairman


    Chairman, Ingrid Sofie Harboe

    Inprid is Vice President of Biometrics at Lundbeck. She has previously, among other things. has been employed as a statistician at Genmab and Novo Nordisk and has taught statistics and mathematics at both the University of Washington and the University of Copenhagen. Ingrid holds a Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of Copenhagen and a diploma in 'Managing Medical product Innovation' from CBD SIMI Executive in Copenhagen.



    Vice-President, René Chester Goduscheit

    René is a professor at the Department of Business Development and Technology at Aarhus University. He has previously been a professor at the Center for Integrative Innovation Management at the University of Southern Denmark. René has a PhD in network-based innovation from the Center for Industrial Production at Aalborg University





    Members of the Industrial Research Committee


    Adelina Rogowska-Wrzesinska
    University of Southern Denmark, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


    Professor and chief physician
    Andreas Kjær
    University of Copenhagen, Department of Biomedicine / Rigshospitalet


    Senior Innovation Manager
    Anita Friis Sommer
    LEGO Group


    Professor MSO
    Brian Vejrum Wæhrens
    Aalborg University, Center for Industrial Production


    Professor & amp; Academic Director
    Christer Karlsson
    Copenhagen Business School, Operations Management


    Professor / CEO
    Christian Kapel
    University of Copenhagen, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences / ParaTech A / S


    Connie Svabo
    Roskilde University, Department of Communication and Humanities Science


    Erik Lund
    Aalborg University, Department of Mechanics and Production


    Hanne Ingmer
    University of Copenhagen, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology


    Senior Director Formulation & amp; Delivery
    Hanne B. Rasmussen
    Novo Nordisk A / S


    Professor, Deputy Head of Department
    Henrik Callesen
    Aarhus University, Department of Animal Science


    VP Biometrics
    Ingrid Sofie Harbo (Chairman)
    H. Lundbeck A / S


    Ira Assent
    Aarhus University, Department of Computer Science


    Partner, Head of Sustainability Engineering
    Jakob Strømann-Andersen
    Hennning Larsen Architects


    Professor MSO
    Julie Borup Jensen
    Aalborg University, Department of Learning and Philosophy


    Lise Byskov Herslund
    University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Nature Management


    COO, sales and business development director
    Mogens Durup Nielsen
    Xtel Wireless


    Research Area Manager
    Niels Henrik Pontoppidan
    Oticon A / S


    Professor, Head of Department
    Peter Sestoft
    IT University, Software & amp; Systems


    Chief Specialist
    Philip C. Kjær
    Vestas Wind Systems A / S


    René C. Goduscheit (Vice-Chairman)
    University of Aarhus, Department of Business Development and Technology


    Susan Stipp
    Technical University of Denmark, Department of Physics


    Vice President Waste and Contaminated Sites
    Torben Kristiansen


    Vice President Discovery
    Torben V. Borchert


    Chief Data Scientist
    Tue Lehn-Schiøler
    Danske Bank / BrainCapture


    Head of Clinic, Professor
    Ulrik Niels Lassen
    Rigshospitalet, Department of Oncology / University of Copenhagen, Department of Clinical Medicine


    The Effect of the Industrial PhD Program on Employment and Income

    Publication date: July 10, 2013
    ISBN: 978-87-92776-68-6
    Publisher: Danish Agency for Research and Innovation
    Publication year: 2012
    Number of pages: 35
    A survey of employment for Industrial PhDs  and ordinary PhDs shows that employment for both groups is generally high. The study also shows that Industrial PhD candidates  are typically employed in the private sector in specialist positions with high salaries, while ordinary PhDs are typically employed in the public sector with relatively  lower salaries. The survey shows that employment among graduate Business PhD graduates  is high. The report is in English with a Danish summary.
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    Industrial PhD Scheme  - A Knowledge Collection

    Publication date: March 19, 2013
    Publisher: Danish Agency for Research and Innovation
    Publication year: 2013
    Number of pages: 40
    The Danish Agency for Research and Innovation has conducted a knowledge collection to learn more about how students and supervisors experience being included in the Industrial PhD scheme, and about how the projects are organized in practice.
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    Analysis of the Industrial PhD Program

    Publication date: February 23, 2011
    Internet ISBN: 978-87-92372-65-9
    Publisher: Danish Agency for Research and Innovation
    Publication year: 2011
    Number of pages: 43
    An impact measurement of the Industrial PhD scheme shows that companies that have Industrial PhDs have significantly higher growth in gross profit, patenting and employment than companies without. At the same time, completed Industrial PhDs earn more in salaries and are more often employed in management positions than ordinary PhDs, but are to a slightly lesser extent engaged in research and development.
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    Industrial PhD  - An Effective Tool for Innovation and Knowledge Dissemination

    Publication date: March 29, 2007
    ISBN: 978-87-920-8115-5
    Internet ISBN: 978-87-920-8116-2
    Publisher: Council for Technology and Innovation
    Publication year: 2007
    Number of pages: 116
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    Phone time and contact info

    Tel: 61 90 50 02

    Phone time: Tuesday at 9.00-12.00
    (Note that the phone is closed on Tuesday the 3rd of November)

    Mail: næ