The Danish government has the objective that Danish research should be of the highest international quality. The international cooperation is thus a central condition in achieving this objective. The Danish participation in EU's framework program on research and innovation is likewise a key element.

A mid-way report on the Danish participation in Horizon 2020 shows that Danish businesses’ participation is lower than countries we normally compare us with. That is even the case on areas where Danish businesses usually are noted as strong – such as energy, health, bio tech and bio-economy.

The Ministry of Education and Research has, on the basis of Oxford Research Denmark’s mapping and analysis on Danish participation in public-public partnerships, created a plan of action on Danish participation in the EU’s framework program for research and innovation.
The plan of action is to adjust and optimize the existing Horizon 2020 effort through a set of initiatives and recommendations for the relevant actors in Denmark. Oxford Research Denmark are thus to make an analysis that aims to:

  • Gather knowledge about which businesses that participate in Horizon 2020 and what characterizes the most successful ones.
  • Look into what businesses get from their participation and what barriers and challenges they have met on the way.
  • Learn from the most successful – what strategies do they have in relation to their participation in Horizon 2020? How do they organise the application processes and the implementation of the projects? How do they use the counseling service? And how do they usually overcome challenges and barriers?
  • Develop a series of business-related cases that illustrate what businesses get from their participation in Horizon 2020 and which can be used to motivate other businesses (that consider participating in Horizon 2020) and furthermore can be used in the counseling system in promotion of Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe.
  • Gather knowledge on foreign experiences with participation in Horizon 2020 and put the Danish counseling effort in relation to countries with a higher business participation rate.
  • Develop recommendation on how the Danish business participation in Horizon 2020 can be enhanced in relation to both businesses and the counseling service.

The goal with the analysis is to assess what parameters and causes that are applicable in order to ensure that businesses choose to invest and engage in projects under Horizon 2020. On that ground it is sought to develop recommendations to businesses that are considering participating and recommendation on how the counseling service can be improved.

The weight of the analysis lies in the Danish business analysis where we through method and source triangulation seek to create a thorough mapping of the Danish participation in Horizon 2020. The business analysis consists of three parts:

  1. Mapping of the participating businesses’ characteristics
  2. Analysis of barriers and challenges and how to overcome these
  3. Analysis of rewards, effects and value creation through participation

We seek to answer the analysis questions through a combination of several methods and sources – register based data analysis of the participating businesses’ profile, survey with the participating businesses and qualitative interviews with selected successful businesses and actors in the counseling system.