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Danish government sets out 2019 funding plans

The Danish government has started talks on how to distribute next year’s reserve research budget, spending of which must be agreed between the government and parliament and is worth 958 million Danish kroner (€128m).

The biggest item on the menu for the proposed research and innovation reserve budget is Innovation Fund Denmark, which is set to get kr400m under a proposal set out by the country’s government on 12 October. Of this, kr220m would be set aside under a ‘new technology options’ heading for funding risky innovations.

Meanwhile, Independent Research Fund Denmark, which pays for blue-sky research, would get kr228m. The government has also earmarked kr80m of that funding for research in digital technologies, for example artificial intelligence, while kr50m is set aside to fund excellent applicants to the European Research Council who missed out on one of those highly competitive grants.

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