Danish-Chinese research centers

In collaboration with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the DNRF has established a joint program that funds Danish-Chinese research centers. This cooperative effort was established in 2005 and, since 2008, has given rise to 10 Danish-Chinese research centers.

The centers are established within four research areas: two centers in cancer research, established in 2008 and 2009; three centers in nanotechnology in 2009; two centers in renewable energy in 2010; and three centers in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) in 2011.

The idea behind the program is to establish new contact between leading researchers from China and Denmark. The program aims to launch initiatives that support cooperative efforts that result in excellent Danish-Chinese research.

See the list of active Danish-Chinese research centers here

See list of all Danish-Chinese research centers

Visit the NSFC website

See the latest call within this funding mechanism (ICT)

Contact research adviser Johanne Juhl for more information about the collaboration with NSFC


The DNRF offers 10-15 mil. DKK to the Danish research center over a period of three years. The Chinese counterparts are supported by the NSFC. The centers have the possibility of extension into a second funding period.

The foundation expects to spend a total of 140 mil. DKK to establish Danish-Chinese research centers.

Find the funding for each center on the list of Danish-Chinese research centers in the menu to the left.

Annual reports

In order to systematically collect information on the progress of each center – and the CoE funding mechanism — the DNRF asks the centers to submit information annually on a number of key indicators, including, among others, publications, dissemination of research, outreach activities, educational activities, external relations, and organizational development.

The DNRF board will also consider the importance of the added value of the joint Danish-Chinese collaboration and the degree of complementarity between the involved research groups. Also important is the degree to which both the Chinese and the Danish partners of the centers have satisfactorily engaged in an exchange of scientists as well as visiting researchers and Ph.D. students.

The annual reports help the DNRF board to follow the centers’ development and their research results. Moreover, the centers can use the annual reports as an internal instrument to take stock of the past year as well as to set goals for the coming year.