Austrian Life Sciences Programme
Austria is an active life sciences location with internationally visible, excellent research and development and a growing corporate landscape. Compared to other innovative sectors, the life sciences sector is by far the most innovative, has the highest research rate and contributes significantly to national value creation.
The Austrian Life Sciences Programme supports innovative research and development projects and thus strengthens long-term competitiveness. They contribute significantly to the implementation of national and European strategies in the field of life sciences. The focus addresses the specifics of the industry and offers tailored funding for the entire development cycle. The programme aims to cushion problem areas in the industry (eg long development times, high development risk, strict regulatory requirements, low production capacities, high investment requirements) by providing research funding.
Based on these objectives, two main goals were defined:
Goal 1: Leverage digitization potential in the healthcare sector.
The promotion of research and development projects for the digitization of health aspects (diagnostics, telemedicine, medical devices, etc.) will be an important lever.
Goal 2: Strengthen research and production location.
In order to prevent know-how from migrating and to increase the attractiveness of Austria as a location for research and production, other funding opportunities are to be examined in addition to funding offers for early development phases. The attractiveness of Austria as a research location in Europe is to be sustainably increased.
In 2022, the budget for the Austrian Life Sciences Programme totals 31 million Euros.
Until the submission deadline of 29.12.2022 (for lead projects 1.9.2022), the funding instruments "company projects industrial research" and "company projects experimental development" (budget - total: € 15 million) as well as "clinical trials - infectious diseases" (budget: € 12 million) and "lead project" (budget: € 4 million) will be offered in a first call.
Description of the target group:
The Austrian Life Sciences Programme is aimed at all companies as well as actors from university and non-university research, universities of applied sciences, higher technical educational institutions based in Austria. The participation of foreign partners is possible (depending on the funding instrument). The participation of actors along the entire value chain is required. Further information and any restrictions can be found in the respective instrument guides and in the call for proposals guide.