Digital technologies are among the strongest drivers for growth and welfare in society and industry. It is therefore critical for Danish industry and the public sector to get access to highly qualified IT specialists and knowledge. The demand for increased digital research and education cannot be accomplished without huge societal investments.

The vision of DIREC is to become a worldwide recognised centre for research, innovation and education in computer science. The excellence
 of DIREC will equal the most renowned computer science universities in Europe and the US and provide an attractive collaborative meeting place for international researchers.

Main objective

The main objective of DIREC is to:

  1. Solve the capacity issue within computer science research and education for digital technologies across the Danish universities 
  2. Support the government’s vision of Denmark as a digital frontrunner 
  3. Target research and education activities towards societal challenges and value creation for both business and the public sector 
  4. Base DIREC on current core computer science research themes and international strongholds and to stimulate emerging research themes for digital technologies 
  5. Expand the research and education capacity in Denmark by means of education and recruitment of excellent researchers at the highest international level 
  6. Transform research into digital solutions and long-term digital transformations in cooperation with businesses and the public sector.


The principles of DIREC are to:

  1. be open-ended in its formation of projects, research and educational activities, hence, only part of funds will be distributed up front
  2. be national with respect to the geographic distribution of excellent research and education in computer science
  3. create a close alliance between the strongest computer science departments at the universities in Denmark and maximixe the use of the sparse resources
  4. gear the IFD funding with substantial funding from the participating universities
  5. be based on existing research, education and innovation infrastructure to guarantee max business and societal impact of the research
  6. increase societal impact by embracing and amplifying relevant centres and networks such as DABAI, DICYPS, MADE, Security HUB, HI2OT, Nordic IoT Hub, and Digital Hub Denmark.

Our goal is to make DIREC the epicentre of accelerated CS R&D within digital technologies in Denmark