Knowledge for a better future

We support basic research

Since 1876, the Carlsberg Foundation has supported basic research within the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. The majority of our grants are awarded in free competition following open calls. Our instruments are aimed at researchers with connection to the Danish research environment at all career stages. We also distribute funds for science communication through open calls.

Read about our research instruments

Purpose and history

The Carlsberg Foundation is one of the world's oldest industrial foundations - founded in 1876 by brewer J.C. Jacobsen.

Since then, the Carlsberg Foundation's primary purpose has been to ensure the long-term, committed ownership of Carlsberg A/S and to distribute funds for philanthropic purposes, including especially for Danish basic research.

With the establishment of the Carlsberg Foundation, J.C. Jacobsen allowed a large part of the profits from his brewery Carlsberg to benefit the public. This was to be done through support for Danish basic research, which he was strongly fascinated by and convinced would provide long-term value to society.

Together with the foundations Ny Carlsbergfondet and Tuborgfondet, the two museums Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and Frederiksborg · Museum of National History as well as Carlsberg Laboratory and Carlsberg A/S, the Carlsberg Foundation today constitutes the Carlsberg family.

Grants 2023

In 2023, the Carlsberg Foundation granted funding totalling DKK 805 million. The funding was made up as follows:

The Carlsberg Research Laboratory (department A)

61

DKK million

Support for basic research (department B)

592

DKK million

Frederiksborg • Museum of National History (department C)

25

DKK million

The Tuborg Foundation (department D)

126

DKK million

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