The objective of the Peer Review of Denmark’s Research and Innovation (R&I) System is to provide recommendations for how Denmark’s effort in knowledge-based innovation can rank among the global elite, and support stakeholders working effectively and in close cooperation towards common overall objectives. The expert panel will asses how Denmark can best organise its efforts on knowledge-based innovation, based on international best practices, and will provide concrete recommendations on how to further develop Danish public policy to this end.
Denmark is one of the few countries in the EU that have reached Europe’s 2020 target for R&D intensity of 3% of GDP, and the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) ranks Denmark as an Innovation Leader. But its innovation performance varies across different fields and parameters. The Danish Minister of Higher Education and Science has asked that the work of the PSF panel should focus "on how to build the most effective bridges between research-based knowledge building and the application of this knowledge in business and society".
An overview of the Peer Review of the Danish Research & Innovation System.
Expert panel of the Peer Review of the Danish Research & Innovation System.
This background report for the Peer Review of the Danish R&I system focuses on providing the key indicators on knowledge-based innovation in Denmark and sets these indicators in the context of the developments in innovation policy in the country. Appendices to this report (separate reports) entail a self-assessment of the Danish knowledge-based innovation system by the Danish Ministry of Education and Science and a literature review and assessment of the Danish knowledge-based innovation support system, commissioned by the Ministry.
This was the first opportunity for the expert panel carrying out the PSF Peer Review of Denmark’s Research and Innovation (R&I) System to meet and discuss the ambitions of the activity with the Danish representatives. The kick-off meeting began the process of gathering insights into the structure and functioning of the Danish R&I system and its strengths and weaknesses. Discussions also covered the scope and timeline of the review over the coming months – including country visits to interview and exchange views with multiple R&I stakeholders.
This was the first opportunity for the peer review panel to meet stakeholders from Denmark’s knowledge-based innovation system. The experts encountered companies, multiple operators in the R&I system, interest groups such as think tanks, and the key actors in the Danish R&I governance and funding system and discussed with them challenges and needs for change in the public R&I support system.
This second visit gave the peer review panel more insights into Denmark’s knowledge-based innovation system: from public procurement to universities’ technology transfer systems. The programme included meetings with the Minister and Deputy Permanent Secretaries of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Research, as well as with MPs from the parliament’s Higher Education and Research Committee. The expert panel members also visited an innovation cluster specialized in robotics, in Odense, and met representatives from universities, the Danish Trade Council, the National Board for Business Support and Invest in Denmark. Discussions covered the panel’s preliminary conclusions and recommendations and set the basis for their final report.