General Programme – Further information

The funding strategy of General Programme (experimental development) is fundamentally based on the bottom-up principle. It is open to all branches of industry and research topics and eligible to companies and projects of all sizes. General Programme aims to strengthen the competiveness of companies based in Austria by funding the development of new products, processes and services. Co-operation with scientific partners as well as involvement of young researchers is possible.

Fund recipients

Start-ups, small and medium-sized companies, major companies, centers of expertise, individual researchers, consortiums

Type of funding / Funding level

Funding is up to 50 % (for Start-ups up to 70 %) of total eligible project costs. The FFG uses a combination of several financing instruments:

• grants
• low-interest loans
• guarantees for bank loans plus interest subsidies.

Application and decision process

Submission of applications is possible at any time. Evaluations are conducted via swift approval processes and are based on the FFG-scoreboard. Throughout the whole funding time the project will be monitored to permit the most efficient progress.

Terms and duration of project funding

max. 12 months (follow-on applications for longer projects must be submitted)

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).

Guidelines (German)


Programmeigentümer/Geldgeber Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft FFG
Target group Kleine und mittlere Unternehmen (KMU), Große Unternehmen (GU), Universitäten, Fachhochschulen, Kompetenzzentren, Forschungseinrichtungen, Einzel-ForscherInnen, Start-Up, Multiplikatoren / Intermediäre
Art des Angebots Förderung, Beratung
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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