The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs cooperates with research institutions and think tanks in Denmark and in our priority countries. Firstly, the purpose of this cooperation is to build research capacity in developing countries, and secondly to create new knowledge which may help overcome development problems in priority countries.
Denmark supports agricultural research as here where research is being carried out on rice at Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute in Vietnam.
Photo: Jørgen Schytte
Development research is an important tool for Denmark in order to deliver first class development assistance and for developing countries to fight poverty and create development.
The Danish support to development research takes place through a number of modalities.
Through the so-called FFU projects (FFU = The Consultative Research Committee on Development Research) the Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports research projects which build upon a cooperation between Danish research institutions and research institutions in our priority countries. FFU projects may partly be driven by Danish research institutions (North Driven) and partly by research institutions in priority countries (South driven). Projects are evaluated by The Consultative Research Committee on Development Research (FFU), which recommends selected projects for financing. FFU projects typically have a 5-year duration and a budget of up to 10 million DKK.
Through the Building Stronger Universities (BSU) programme the Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports the building of long-term and strategic partnerships between universities in Denmark and in research environments in our priority countries. The programme strengthens universities in Denmark’s priority countries and their capacity to perform high-quality research. The activities include i.a. support to development of research policies and strategies, Ph.D.-schools, development of research concepts, improved quality assurance of research, improvement of libraries and systematisation and upgrading of scientific publications.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also supports international research institutions, e.g. within agricultural and health research, as well as within social science. The support to international research institutions is phased out by the end of 2016.
More information on FFU projects, the BSU programme, support to international research institutions, and on FFU, is available here:
Danida Research Portal
Strategic Framework for Danish Support for Development Research, 2014-2018
The strategic frame for Danish support to development research, 2014-2018, was approved in April 2014 by the then Minister for Development Assistance. The purpose of the strategy is to guide the prioritisation and allocation of Danish support to development research. Besides guiding the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the strategy also supports dialogue with partners in priority countries as well as in Denmark.
The English version of the strategic frame may be downloaded in the menu on the right.