What is GTS?
GTS stands for “Godkendt Teknologisk Service” in Danish. It means “approved technological service provider”. “Approved” refers to the fact that the Minister of Higher Education and Science approves each institute for a period of 3 years. The approval is given on the basis of technological/professional performance, financial performance and organisational solidity.
The GTS institutes are independent not-for-profit organisations whose purpose is to spread technical know-how, new methods and knowledge to industry and society in order to create and increase development. The GTS institutes are independent from political or economic interests and profit is reinvested in research and development.
All services are marketed on a commercial and competitive basis in Denmark and abroad. The government does not financially support these services. In general the GTS network has two main functions:
- To develop and maintain the basic technological infrastructure in Denmark.
- To create technological innovation and development within Danish industry.
Research and development
The GTS institutes are involved in research and development projects in cooperation with companies, universities and research institutions in Denmark and abroad. Government-approved institutes have the opportunity to apply for government-financed performance contracts.
The purpose of performance contracts is to develop, transform and communicate new and existing knowledge and technology to companies and institutions. They can also focus on developing new technological infrastructure such as testing facilities and laboratories.
Technological service in the Danish research and innovation system
The core function of the GTS network is to deliver technological know-how to companies and public institutions to increase innovation and competitiveness of the Danish industry and society. This is done in close corporation with Danish and foreign universities. The GTS network develops competences, know-how, methods and technological services, which are not available in the private sector, but are strongly relevant for Danish industries. The GTS network thereby ensures that the newest knowledge and know-how is available to the Danish industries.
The GTS network reaches a broad part of the private sector. Due to the GTS network a large part of Danish companies, primarily small and medium-sized enterprises, are in contact with the Danish innovation system, ensuring that knowledge gets translated into value.
GTS in an international perspective
The GTS institutes are increasingly internationalising its commercial activities. In 2016 more than 48% of the commercial turnover was international. Some institutes are already represented in a range of countries. The large majority of foreign offices of the GTS-institutes are located in Sweden, Norway and Western European countries as well as some in North America, Russia and East Asia.
The GTS institutes play an important role in the Danish participation in global knowledge exchange and import. The network has a responsibility in adapting and transferring global knowledge to the local context through participation in international research and development projects, e.g. the European research programs and through formal and informal relations with universities and research institutions abroad.
GTS’ supreme body is the Board of Directors which is constituted by the directors of the GTS-institutes. The Board of Directors elects its chairman and vice-chairman every year and appoints the Managing Director of the organisation. The Managing Director ensures that GTS’ over-all objectives and political decisions are implemented in daily business.
GTS’ daily tasks are handled by an administrative office (secretariat) under the supervision of the Managing Director. Many tasks are solved in cooperation with administrative staff or professional experts from the GTS institutes.
The secretariat provides administrative assistance to working parties and is the contact point for all external approaches to the over-all organisation.
The GTS Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of the CEOs of each of the independent GTS institutes: