Copenhagen EU Office thematic focus areas

​CPHEU's focus areas include healthcare technologies, medicine and health promotion, climate change and smart cities, mobility and infrastructure, ICT and digitalisation as well as innovation in SME’s and EU research policy. 

​The Capital Region of Denmark - smart specialisation

The CPHEU's focus areas are selected based on a match between the regional smart specialisation strategy and priorities at EU level. The smart specialisation strategy of the Capital Region Denmark focuses on health care technologies, cleantech and smart cities, smart mobility and smart growth through digitalisation. The EU also offers interesting opportunities for research and development as well as funding for innovation in SME’s. 

Medicine, health care technologies and health promotion

The Capital Region offers excellent basic, clinical and industrial research and the region is host to numerous companies in pharmaceutical, biotech and medtech sectors. A number of clusters and initiatives are active in this field including Copenhagen Health Tech Cluster, Medicon Valley Alliance, Copenhagen Health Innovation and Copenhagen Centre for Health Technology. 

We cooperate with university based research groups, clinical groups in our hospitals and the municipalities to internationalise projects and initiatives. We are active in the ERRIN health working group, the industry-driven initiative on health care technologies ESTHER and the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. 

Cleantech and smart cities

CPHEU engages regional stakeholders in developing, testing and implementing green, sustainable solutions through public - private partnerships with partners from all over Europe in order to meet these challenges. 

The Capital Region is home to public authorities with ambitious climate strategies, leading knowledge institutions and Research and Technology organisations, a high number of cleantech companies as well as experienced green clusters such as CLEAN and Gate 21. Our stakeholders have a long tradition of developing and implementing innovative solutions to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate adaptation, ICT solutions etc. 

In Brussels the CPHEU works closely together with other regional offices to facilitate transnational European projects, for example through ERRIN working groups on energy and climate change, smart city, water and bio-economy as well as through the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities & Communities.   

Smart mobility and infrastructure

Several times, the City of Copenhagen has been rated as the world’s most liveable city. Some of the ´metrics´ that contribute to Copenhagen’s high ranking include public transport, the city’s international airport and well-developed bicycle network. 

The Capital Region is a frontrunner within urban mobility planning and more than 60 % of the people who live and work in Copenhagen commute by bike every day. The companies and municipalities in the Capital Region have excellent conditions for testing and developing state of the art bicycle infrastructure solutions. Other strongholds include integrated and intelligent transport systems, smart mobility with car sharing and electric vehicles.

We cooperate with public and private transport authorities and operators, companies developing innovative mobility solutions and university based research groups with a view to create solutions to the societal challenges facing Europe and the rest of the world. We are active in the ERRIN working group on Transport, the collaborative platform of EV4SCC and the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities. 

Smart growth through digital excellence & technologies

New technologies and digitalisation penetrates all areas of our society and lives. Citizens and companies alike must adapt and take part in this continued technological transformation, to be at the international cutting edge and ensure their part in future growth. Specific technological areas mentioned under other focus areas apart, we follow the development of new ICT and digitalisation as such. Acutely aware of both potential challenges and benefits, the EU has placed the envisaged Digital Single Market high on its agenda.

CPHEU aims to create synergies between research institutions, companies, municipalities and the Capital Region. And we encourage these to engage in all sides of the digital transformation of our society. The Capital Region offers excellent capacities in research, spin-outs and businesses in such areas as cyber security, big data, IoT, quantum computing and artificial intelligence. We therefore wish to encourage our partners to build on their strengths and engage in developing next generation solutions. 

We cooperate with university based research groups and support their participation in the cPPPs on both big data (BDVA) and cybersecurity (ECSO) to internationalise projects and initiatives. We follow the development of LEIT projects and FET flagships in the context of the European Commission and are active in the ERRIN working group on ICT.

Innovation in SMEs and CopenVirk

Innovation in companies creates new knowledge and jobs in the Capital Region and the municipalities. 

CopenVirk is the CPHEU instrument for businesses and offers free advice on EU funding opportunities, assistance in identifying international project partners and advice on EU proposals to programmes such the Horizon 2020 SME instrument and Eurostars.

To be eligible for EU funding companies must work with innovative technologies or processes, which are new to the world. The product must be scalable and targeted the international market.

Typical projects are about developing a prototype or completing a prototype for the international market. However, EU funding also supports business PhD’s and public-private cooperation, with a view to develop solutions to tackle the challenges facing the public sector.  

EU research policy

Stakeholders located in the Capital Region Denmark are responsible for 64 % of Danish performance in Horizon 2020. The research groups in the universities and hospitals alone are responsible for around 40% of Danish performance. The framework programme for research and innovation therefore plays a vital role in supporting excellent and international research in the region. We engage in research policy development at EU level to bring back intelligence concerning implementation of Horizon 2020 as well as the preparation of the coming framework programme (FP9). 

We seek to influence and engage relevant stakeholders in key policy areas underpinning the framework programme. We are active in the ERRIN working group on Open Science, the informal Ambiorix network, IGLO extended and other Brussels-based platforms for university representations. We also work closely with other Danish universities represented in Brussels as well as Universities Denmark which is the umbrella for all universities in Denmark. Developing and expanding our network with the EU institutions, research performing institutions and research stakeholders in Brussels are among our core activities.