SMK is home to two research centres: the Centre for Advanced Studies in Master Drawings (CASMD) and the Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation (CATS).
CASMD was set up in 2002 by Senior Researcher Chris Fischer. The main objective of the centre is to study and identify SMK's vast stock of older drawings by non-Danish artists, which has hitherto received only sporadic attention. The centre was established thanks to grants from funds and private sponsors.
CATS is a research centre that specialises in technical art history. The centre was established in 2011 by SMK, the National Museum of Denmark, and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art’s School of Conservation. This inter-institutional collaboration was made possible thanks to private sponsorship funds.