Funding guide

Austrian ESA participation

ESA (European Space Agency)
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Austria has contributed to the successful implementation of nearly all activities that constitute the foundation and backbone of today's European space programmes. After having been an Associated Member to the European Space Agency, ESA, Austria joined ESA as a full member in 1987. The Aeronautics and Space Agency serves as a focal point for the coordination of aerospace activities in Austria and is the Austrian link to international aerospace activities and other space agencies.

Austrian ESA participation 2

ESA (European Space Agency)
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Austria has contributed to the successful implementation of nearly all activities that constitute the foundation and backbone of today"s European space programmes. After having been an Associated Member to the European Space Agency, ESA, Austria joined ESA as a full member in 1987. The Aeronautics and Space Agency serves as a focal point for the coordination of aerospace activities in Austria and is the Austrian link to international aerospace activities and other space agencies.

Space technologies are a worldwide market with dynamic growth. Therefore they are very interesting and important for Austria. To support Austrian science and industry to increase their importance in this market, the Austrian Space Applications Programme was initiated, based on a recommendation of the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development.

Beyond Europe

Programme for Internationalisation of RTI Projects
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The "Beyond Europe" Programme supports Austrian companies, research and university institutes and other organisations in creating and extending collaborations.

BRIDGE – Funding, Guidelines

Knowledge transfer between science and economy
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BRIDGE 1 is funding calls with different submission dates under the FFG's BRIDGE Programme. Funding is made available for basic research projects conducted by consortia of partners involved in scientific research and industrial commercialisation. The projects fall into the category of industrial research according to the EU funding limits. Funding for science of up to 80 % is available if the project is carried out in cooperation with small and medium-sized enterprises. The programme is open to all research topics.

COIN contributes towards fostering Austria’s innovation performance by the better and broader transposition of knowledge into innovation.

Collective Research - Funding, Guidelines

Funding of cooperative research projects (sector projects)
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The funding of cooperative research projects (sector projects) in Collective Research supports pre-competitive research projects which do not include any directly exploitable product and process or service developments. The funding level is max. up to 65 % of total eligible projects costs. Submission is possible at any time and funding is carried out by non-repayable subsidies.

The national programme COMET (Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies) was launched in 2006. The competence centres programmes are internationally recognised as best-practice model and have been among the most successful technology policy initiatives in Austria.

COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology

Support for Research Initiatives in Europe and Beyond
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Alongside Horizon 2020 COST is one of the most important pillars promoting research cooperation across Europe. It thus forms an important cornerstone of the European Research Area. COST Actions support thematic networks of experts and facilitate the mutual exchange of ideas. It contributes to an improved coordination of research activities as well as the dissemination of relevant results. COST also provides a valuable opportunity to involve Early Stage Researchers in thematic networks and it contributes towards their training and education through tailored activities.

Early Stage - Funding, Guidelines

Strengthen your competitiveness in early stage of industrial research
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Early Stage supports research projects belonging to the category industrial research of companies with a high potential for growth in the relevant technology or business area. Funded projects shall provide a sound basis for a following phase for the development of innovative products, processes or services. The funding quota is max. 70 % of total eligible projects costs (non-repayable subsidies ) not dependent on the research topic, the branch of industry. Submission of an application is possible at any time.