Project name:

Mapping of water technology research in Denmark

๐——๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ด๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป – ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด

The Grundfos Foundation has granted a mapping of water technology research and research infrastructure in Denmark.

The purpose of the mapping is to give water-related companies a better overview of research environments and R&D infrastructure aiming toโ€ฏstrengthen their innovation work, and thereby strengthening their international competitiveness and exports.

The mapping analysis identifies international strength positions and improvement opportunities, which give decision-makers a better basis for strengthening the framework conditions for research-based water innovation in Denmark. This includes uncovering in which areas the research and the research infrastructure can be suitably strengthened in the light of the current and future market opportunities, which are immensely linked to the climate and environmental challenges.

Key findings:

  • From a research standpoint, Denmark stands strong internationally, but several other countries are advancing and challenging Denmark’s strong position.
  • Danish water technology research environments are generally small and fragmented, which makes them vulnerable.

Danish research environments are characterized by a unique and open collaboration between research environments and the supply sector. However, relationships between industry and universities are few.

The mapping analysis is based on several elements:

  • In-depth interviews with research leaders from all relevant research environments, as well as companies and utilities.
  • A tailored bibliometric analysis of the scope and quality of the research.
  • Analysis of the development in the governmental research and innovation grants targeting the water technology area.
  • Analysis of research environments and research infrastructure for innovation collaboration between companies and researchers.

In the analysis, water technology is limited to the piped water cycle, as well as technologies for stormwater management in cities.

The analysis compares Danish water technology research with some of the strongest research environments in water technology internationally.

The analysis also contains a comparison of funding to the water technology area in Denmark with the robotics and wind turbine industry.

Click below for the entire report.


September 2023 - January 2024


Grundfos Foundation

Partners & Participants


Grundfos Foundation


IRIS Group

Project lead

Water Valley Denmark

Contact: Jesper Borg Christensen

Head of Research & Education

+45 2332 8580

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