There is a need for new solutions that can help secure nature, society and human conditions of life. Therefore, we support research projects that create new knowledge, competences and solutions within sustainability, digitalization and technology. We emphasise sustainable solutions resting on a solid knowledge base, which is why we have a comprehensive PhD programme for research in technical and natural sciences. This shall in time contribute to an improved basis for driving and supporting a sustainable development, both for Ramboll and for society. 

Please be aware that the special Ramboll PhD programme requires that you are a Ramboll employee (read further on Ramboll’s internal site Rambla), while others may still apply for a PhD grant by using the electronic application form for Research.


The Ramboll Foundation's donation policy is based on the charter:

Within research and education, the Foundation in particular focus on the technical and natural science areas as well as sociologically orientated research given Ramboll’s brand as sustainable society consultants and focus on the interface between technological progress on societies.

A few of the annual donations are described in more detail below. A full list of donations can be found in the right hand menu. 

2021: E-fuel and carbon capture in Greenland

The overall objective of the study is to provide knowledge about a future technology which potentially could provide a substantial contribution towards ensuring CO2 neutrality and improving the energy self-sufficiency in Greenland. Specifically, the study will investigate under which framework conditions producing an e-fuel in the form of methanol may be attractive. As a starting point it is envisaged that the carbon captured from the waste-to-energy facility in Buksefjorden could be used to produce 11 million litres of e-fuel, constituting enough energy to supply two major towns with heat and power. This project alone could reduce CO2 emissions from Nuuk by more than 10%. Greenland has a strategy to reduce its CO2 emissions and is aiming at carbon neutrality in its public energy supply by 2020.

2021: Prolonging the lifetime of old composite steel-concrete bridges

With tens of thousands of old European steel/composite bridges there is a large need for rational methods for strengthening these, and the economic potential is very large. The project contributes with new knowledge for keeping old bridges, saving both taxpayers’ money and the environment. The Ramboll Foundation will partly finance this PhD project at Luleå University of Technology. The illustration shows the launching of a Finnish bridge with a ‘K-truss’ between the bottom flanges.

2021: Happy Home

The Covid-19 pandemic is giving cause to new requirements in building design, as future homes will increasingly be the frame of work, childcare and leisure combined. The research project “Happy Home” will investigate how the physical environment in our home impacts our quality of life – and our happiness. Certifications such as WELL makes it possible to qualify buildings as “healthy”. Still, a tool is missing that makes it possible for the architect to transform the ambitions of builders into buildable solutions and at the same time quantify their value to end users and to society. Based on user data and international case studies, the Happy Home research project, created in a collaboration between Henning Larsen, The Happiness Research Institute, Ramboll UK and Ramboll Management, shall offer solutions to architects on how quality of life can be strengthened in the future through physical parameters and functions.

2020: Pandemic Acute Response

Covid-19 is forcing healthcare systems globally to prepare for a second wave of the virus while re-establishing a range of normal operations. An international working group consisting of the European Health Property network, walkerproject, White Arkitekter and Ramboll has identified strategies for resilient healthcare systems based on 30+ case studies. Besides being presented in a series of four webinars, the results are published in a field guide on how to bolster resilience by preparing staff, systems, space and supply chains for the challenges that a pandemic poses.

2020: PhD: Design and analysis of Modifiable Structural Systems for Circular Use of Buildings made of Precast Concrete elements

The purpose of the project is to enable circular use of buildings made of precast concrete elements. The PhD establishes a theoretical and computer-based calculation basis for designing modifiable wall structures, that not only fulfills the functional requirement of today, but can be modified for other use of the building in the future. The material design is optimized to minimize the CO2 footprint of the structure.

2020: Bridging the Gender Data Gap to Create Better Mobility for All

Transport and mobility are not gender-neutral, but even so there’s a lack of focus and data about women’s trips, needs, and concerns in transport. The transport sector is male dominated which, combined with the lack of awareness and data, creates an unconscious bias in transport planning. Ramboll Smart Mobility collects data, insights and knowledge about differences between the travel patterns and mobility needs of women and men in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, India and Singapore. The purpose is to help bridge the data gap to both educate ourselves and our clients in order to create better and more sustainable mobility for everybody.

2020: Next Generation Water Action

Combining forces of 100+ selected students and entrepreneurs from Denmark, Kenya, Korea, Ghana, India and Mexico to tackle the most pressing global water challenges by developing bold, sustainable solutions with industry, academic and public partners. Virtual innovation program powered by DTU Skylab, DTU Environment and IWA Young Water professionals with partners such as Rambøll Water.

2019: The SDG11 Dashboard, Denmark

The Danish Parliament’s transpolitical network is promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its “2030 panel” and implemented by a project group consisting of Danish Architecture Center, Ramboll Management and Statistics Denmark. This project will develop a baseline of indicators for sustainable development in Denmark, making the goals operational and practical via tools for visual dialogue and strategic management. Focus is on SDG #11 – sustainable cities and societies, but the aim is to create a model that can be used for all SDGs.

2019: Improving reinforced concrete

Despite many years of research in shear capacity of concrete beams, the models that are available today do not always reflect the shear failure mechanism or the load carrying capacity observed in experiments. In this project, an increased experimental evidence on the shear capacity and failure mechanism of concrete beams with and without shear reinforcement is established. The different parts of the shear failure mechanism will be studied, using new measuring techniques. The experimental programmes will be conducted as part of a PhD project at the University of Southern Denmark, in Odense. The aim of the PhD is to establish a more reliable mechanical model for calculating the shear capacity of concrete beams in practice.

2019: Gender diversity engineering

The Foundation supports unconscious bias training for student counselors, student ambassadors and university staff at the Faculty of Engineering at University of Southern Denmark, thus contributing to a more inclusive environment that will increase and qualify the talent pool in engineering. Specifically, it will help attract more female applicants and strengthen the diversity in recruitment to the engineering degree programmes. The purpose is to meet the labor demand and put all talents into play to ensure (e)quality, innovation power and welfare in education, industry and society.

2019: Virtual Acoustics

This PhD researches into new wave-based virtual acoustic methods and their applicability for Virtual Reality (VR) in holistic evaluations of buildings design. Since the acoustics can hereby be evaluated throughout a given buildings project, the work flow and communication between acoustic experts and other stakeholders will be significantly improved. The methods of reduced basis and machine learning are the key ideas that make VR systems capable of being real-time, interactive and physical, and perceptually correct.

2018: Measuring progress and impact of urban climate adaption

Cities face a significant challenge in determining the success or failure of their adaptation actions as climate change adaptation (CCA) actions are difficult to track and monitor and there is a lack of sufficient adaptation monitoring tools. C40 Cities and Ramboll with support from the Ramboll Foundation have therefore produced a framework that supports cities in measuring the progress and impact of urban climate adaptation. The guidance material and process has been piloted in three C40 cities – Quito in Ecuador, Johannesburg in South Africa, and Austin in the US.

2018: Next generation smart city at internet week, Denmark

City of Aarhus together with Aarhus University and Ramboll will host a conference around the next generation of Liveable Smart Cities where technology is used with a human centric approach to create more livable and sustainable cities. The conference is also open to the public and will gain new insights and exchanges on smart city development and create new connections between Danish, Nordic and European Smart City professionals.

2018: Generative approaches to digital terrain modelling (industrian PhD), Germany

Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl will with this PhD explore novel approaches to digital terrain modelling, which will lead to more sustainable design solutions and increased planning accuracy in the fields of civil engineering and landscape architecture. The research will take advantage of emerging innovative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Parametric Design. Overall this approach will result in increased design accuracy, better site performance, lower construction costs and higher customer satisfaction.

2018: UNLEASH, supporting sustainability

UNLEASH aims to build networks around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDG’s. These are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and company policies over the next 15 years. For this year’s event from May 30 to June 6 in Singapore, UNLEASH again handpicked 1,000 talents from more than 100 countries, who worked on challenges related to the SDGs. Supported by the Ramboll Foundation, Ramboll sent a total of 9 talents to Singapore.

2018: Sustainable solutions in clothing production, Denmark

The donation to The Global Fashion Agenda (previously Danish Fashion Institute) will help facilitate partnerships that will lead to more environmentally friendly ways of producing clothing items. The main objectives and expected results are to gather the global clothing industry in Copenhagen to have them commit to changing their production and implement plans for circular economy while partnering them with innovative, environmentally friendly technical ways of production.

2018: Prolife, European bridge research project

It has been with great pleasure that the Ramboll Foundation, together with its partners, has supported the European R&D project “ProLife”, with three donations to composite bridge researchers from Luleå University of Technology, 2012-2018. Not only has this brought new knowledge with a sustainable perspective on how to save substantial financial resources when maintaining society infrastructure, also – several engineers and technicians have been educated in the new structural life-extending method and practice, either as students or researchers at the University or as employees of the infrastructure owners or consulting companies like Ramboll. “ProLife” is for us a model-project for our donations.