European and International Programmes

The task of the FFG’s European and International Programmes is to strengthen Austria’s participation in programmes, initiatives and actions of European and international research and technology cooperation, especially in the EU Framework Programme. Companies, universities, research institutions and other organisations receive targeted information and advice on project types and collaboration opportunities with European partners and assistance in formulating project proposals, all free of charge.

The European and International Programmes regularly provide information to over 30,000 Austrian researchers, companies and institutions interested in the EU Framework Programme. About 40% of requests come from industry, 29% from universities, 11% from non-university research institutions and 20% from other organisations, including multipliers and administrative bodies.
Organisations in active contact with the FFG have a significantly higher success rate than organisations who have not requested advice from the FFG’s European and International Programmes.

Services of the FFG within the scope of the European and International Programmes include information and support for:

  • Horizon 2020: Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly 80 billion Euro of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.
  • European Research Area (ERA): ERA is more extensive than Horizon 2020 and includes several multilateral programmes such as Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI),  Art. 185 Initiatives, EUREKA, European Innovation Partnerships (EIP), the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), COSME (Programme for the Competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs 2014-202) as well as COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).
    ERA is a unified research area open to the world based on the internal market, in which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology circulate freely. Through ERA, the Union and its Member States will strengthen their scientific and technological bases, their competitiveness and their capacity to collectively address grand challenges.


The European and International Programmes are financed by the Republic of Austria and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.