Denmark’s national research and innovation centre for advanced digital technologies is a unique collaboration between the eight Danish universities and the Alexandra Institute, supported by the Innovation Fund Denmark.

The aim of DIREC is to ensure that our society has access to highly qualified IT specialists and knowledge of digital technologies, so that Denmark can keep our competitive position and have actual influence on the technologies that affect our ways of living and working.


Digital dream teams

The latest knowledge forms the foundation for innovative solutions and new businesses. In Denmark, some of the most talented researchers specialise in various digital research areas.

DIREC facilitates cross-sector matchmaking, supports research and innovation projects, educates PhDs and PostDocs, and disseminates new knowledge to society through collaboration, education and dissemination.

A new model for business-university collaboration

DIREC is innovative in our collaboration models between universities, the business community and the public sector with focus on agility and with an approach to project management that profits by the strengths of different stakeholders.

Close integration of digital technology research and societal challenges

Digital solutions are part of the answer to some of today’s most critical societal challenges. DIREC has a mission-driven strategy and connects the latest research with expert knowledge.

  • 230+ top researchers are associated with DIREC.
  • 40+ projects have been initiated.
  • 55+ companies and organizations are involved in the projects.

Research partners

DIREC is a unique collaboration between eight Danish universities: DTU, Roskilde University, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School, IT University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark, Aarhus University, Aalborg University, and the Alexandra Institute.