COMET Compentence Centers for Excellent Technologies - COMET Centres (K1)

The Austrian competence centre programme – COMET Centres (K1)

COMET Centres (K1) aim to develop and focus competences through excellent cooperative research with a medium to long term perspective. They conduct research at top international level and stimulate new research ideas in their fields. Continuous international benchmarking must be ensured. They contribute to initiating product, process and service innovations with a view to future relevant markets.


Program Owner / Sponsor BMDW - Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs BMK - Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology
Funding instrument


The consortium has to consist of at least one scientific and five company partners.

Submission with a proposal process
Structural Programmes
Selection by Jury
What is being funded A maximum of 55% of the eligible costs can be funded.
Min. / max. funding 0 / max. 1,7 million €/year federal funding plus max. 0.85 million €/year provincial funding
Eligible costs Fundable costs include personnel costs as well as other project-related direct costs (use of RDI-infrastructure, third-party costs, travel expenses, material and equipment costs). Details concerning the fundable costs can be found in the programme document and the COMET guideline.
Min. / max. running time 48 - 96 months
Availability from 01.01.2006 - constantly

Specifications COMET Centres (K1)

Consortium: At least one scientific partner and five company partners

Duration: 8 years (4+4)


  • 40% to max. 55% public funding
  • Min. 5% by scientific partners
  • Min. 40% by company partners
  • Max. federal funding: 1.7 million Euro/year
  • Max. federal funding: 0.85 million Euro/year


Description of the target group:
The COMET programme addresses both existing competence centres and COMET projects as well as new consortia of science and industry.


Dipl.-Ing. Otto Starzer
Dipl.-Ing. Otto Starzer

T +43 5 7755 2101
Mag. Ingrid Fleischhacker
Mag. Ingrid Fleischhacker

T +43 5 7755 2102