COMET Compentence Centers for Excellent Technologies – COMET Centres (K2)

The Austrian competence centre programme – COMET Centres (K2)

COMET Centres (K2) aim to focus existing competences and develop new competences by collaborating with international researchers of renown, scientific partners and companies in a joint strategically oriented research programme at the highest level.


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. 4 million €/year federal funding (as of 3rd Call; previously 5 million €/year) plus max. 2 million €/year provincial funding (as of 3rd Call; previously: 2.5 million Euro/year)
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 - 31.12.2028

Specifications COMET Centres (K2)

Consortium: At least one scientific partner and five company partners

Duration: 8 years (as of 3rd Call; previously: 10 years)


  • 40% to max. 55% public funding
  • Min. 5% by scientific partners
  • Min. 40% by company partners
  • Max. federal funding: 4 million Euro/year (since the 3rd Call), before: 5 million Euro/year
  • Max. provincial funding: 2 million Euro/year (since the 3rd Call), before: 2.5 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