Donations to research and learning in 2023


million DKK

The Foundation donated 68m DKK to research and learning in 2023.

27 %

27 % of the Foundation’s donations in 2023 went to research and learning within science and technology.


You can find more information about our work in the Annual Review.

Sediment removal technology with minimal disturbance of lake ecosystems

Traditionally, reduction of phosphorus in lakes has been achieved by either digging up the sediment or by adding aluminium, which binds the phosphorus. Both are radical interventions that can have a negative effect on a lake’s ecosystem.

Open seminar on Circular Phosphorus Recovery

Join the open seminar on Circular Phosphorus Recovery at the Technical University of Denmark or online on 22 and 23 May.

Sustainable lake restoration: From the bottom to the crop

The 2023 Grundfos Prize keynote was delivered by Ass. Professor Kasper Retzel, University if Southern Denmark. He is part of a wider consortium of universities that we have put together to figure out how we can save our lakes from the deadly nutrients that wash out of Denmark's over-cultivated soil. And maybe even build technologies to recycle valuable natural resources.

Examining the dilemma between responsible and value-creating AI

The artificial intelligence (AI) market is seeing explosive growth. This is cause for both excitement and concern. The dilemmas are piling up – for what is the significance of AI technologies for the individual and society? In a groundbreaking project supported by the Grundfos Foundation, a research group will investigate the tension between technology, ethics, regulation and value creation in the new world of AI.

Mobilising youth for global water action

For the second year in a row, Next Generation Water Action brings together 100+ selected international young academics and entrepreneurs to tackle the most pressing global water challenges by developing bold, sustainable solutions with industry, academic and public partners.

tTEM research paper published

Results from tTEM surveys conducted in two refugee camps and several host communities in western Tanzania demonstrate the capability of the method to characterize shallow aquifer systems with high lateral and vertical resolution, with data collection typically exceeding 15 to 20 line-kilometers (km) per day.

Next Generation Water Action finals

Tuesday 18 May was the grand finale of the accelerator programme Next Generation Water Action with exciting prizes for a number of young entrepreneurs and academics. For Grundfos and the Foundation it was also an opportunity to collaborate more deeply and each contribute toward a shared goal.

Meet the researchers | Water Dowsing with Science

Together, the Grundfos Foundation and Aarhus University GeoScience present three sessions under the umbrella of this year's World Water Week. The sessions are a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the people behind a new powerful tool for underground water resource mapping and management.

Smart Water Infrastructure Lab to rethink automation

Aalborg University (AAU)'s Smart Water Infrastructure Lab (Swift) has received a new grant from the Foundation to support research leading to robust design and optimized water infrastructure solutions, including development of new technologies to secure infrastructures.
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