OLD EN: BRIDGE – the Programme

The FFG’s BRIDGE Programme aims to close the "funding gap” between basic and applied research. BRIDGE acts as an umbrella structure for projects which are predominantly of basis research character. BRIDGE is operated recent in one programme line – BRIDGE 1 and open to all fields of technology.

Fund recipients

Research institutes defining a consortium together with Start-ups, small and medium-sized companies, major companies or centers of expertise. A consortium is requestet of single application by areserach institution (non-university research institutions and universities) - at least two partners (1 from science, 1 from industry). Projects that have a predominant basic research portion and hold a realistic potential for commercial exploitation, so that one or more companies can befound to co-finance or otherwise participate in the project.

Type of funding / Funding level

non-repayable subsidies (both programme lines); funding level up to 80 % for small-sized companies, 70 % for medium-sized companies and up to 60 % for major companies (BRIDGE 1).

Application and decision process

invitations to spring tender (December to March), autumn tender (June to the start of September) - internal and external evaluation processing

Open for all research topics, scientists and companies of all specialist disciplines and sectors; research close to the foundation work, which will result in marketable results in the next 3-5 years.

Terms and duration of project funding

12-36 months

Eligible costs  BRIDGE 1

The majority of costs (at least 80 %) must be met by a research institute or the researcher. The participating companies, as the potential users of the research findings, contribute to the project by providing financial support as well as performance in kind and manpower (up to 20 %). Maximum funding volume (depends on the firm size): 60, 70 or max. up to 80 %.




Programmeigentümer/Geldgeber Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft FFG
Target group Kleine und mittlere Unternehmen (KMU), Große Unternehmen (GU), Fachhochschulen, Kompetenzzentren, Forschungseinrichtungen, Start-Up
Art des Angebots Förderung, Beratung
Förderinstrument Wissenschaftstransfer - BRIDGE 1
Service innovation
Information technology
Human Resources
Life Sciences
Material and manufacturing
Mobility and Transport
Environment and energy
Further research areas
Aeronautics and Space
General Programmes


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