We connect technology and businesses
We are the Danish Research and Technology Organisations
The seven Danish government-approved Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) – the GTS institutes – play a key role in the Danish innovation system as the link between technology and business. They seek to make new technological methods applicable to businesses and promote businesses’ uptake of new technology.
For many businesses, keeping up with accelerating technological development and implementing new technologies in products and processes can be a major challenge. Investing in new technologies can be both expensive and uncertain – an uncertainty that is particularly difficult for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to handle.
GTS have a key role to play particularly for SMEs in the Danish innovation system
The GTS institutes therefore have a key role to play particularly for SMEs in the Danish innovation system, because they can ensure better and more efficient use of new research and technology by Danish businesses. In so doing they increase and promote innovation, productivity, and growth in Danish society.
RTO in most European countries
Most European countries have similar systems in place to the GTS institutes. Counterparts include Fraunhofer in Germany, TNO in the Netherlands and RISE in Sweden. Thus the GTS institutes form part of a European tradition whereby technology institutes act as a bridge between research and business.
In the European context, these systems are designated research and technology organisations (RTOs). A large proportion of European RTOs are, like the Danish GTS institutes, members of EARTO (the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations).