OLD EN: Frontrunner - the Programm

The Frontrunner funding wihtin General Programme offers funding to companies with frontrunner-strategies within their fields of R&D to reach or enlarge leading market position (hidden champions). The funding modell is open to all branches of industry, research topics and size of companies or projects.

Fund recipients

Start-ups, small and medium-sized companies, major companies

Type of funding / Funding level

non-repayable subsidies, up to max. 25 % (major companies), max. 35 % (medium-sized companies), max. 45 % (small companies)

Application and decision process

Submission of an application is possible at any time and will be part of swift approval processes. The evaluation is carried out throughout a special scoreboard and connected to a project monitoring

Terms and duration of project funding

12-36 months

All projects are analysed and assessed in terms of the technical and economic aspacts for funding. Technical funding criteria include in particular the degree of innovation and the technical challenge of the planned project. Economic assessment focuses on the commerciali-sation potential and the applicant’s economic performance.

Fundable costs
Includes all expenses and charges which are incurred directly, in reality and additionally (to the usual operational expenses) for the duration of the funded research activities (i.e. no earlier than when the application is received by the FFG). Funding is provided for personnel costs, investments in research infrastructure and other costs (third party services, material costs, travel costs, patent application costs).

Special features
The evaluation is carried out throughout the General Programme scoreboard and some additonal guidelines for Frontrunner funding.

Guidelines (German)


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


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