Innovation Voucher

The Innovation Voucher is a funding instrument designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises in Austria to start ongoing research and innovation activities.
The Innovation Voucher enables enterprises to enlist the services of research institutions and to pay for these services to a maximum value of € 10,000. The Innovation Voucher is designed to encourage SME to co-operate with research institutes. It should make it easier for small and medium-sized companies to overcome inhibition thresholds regarding cooperations with research institutions.
Owner of programme / investor
Target group SME, Universities, Universities of applied sciences, Competence centres, Research facilities, Start-up
Topic Service Innovations, Society, Information technology, Human resources, Life sciences, Materials and production, Mobility, Security, Environment and energy, Further issues, Space
Type of service Funding, Advice
Förderinstrument C2 S Innovationsscheck
FFG Unit of organisation General programmes
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Fund recipients

Start-ups, small and medium-sized companies (companies with less than 250 employees). A consortium is requestet of single applicant plus reserach institution (non-university research institutions and universities).

Type of funding / Funding level

non-repayable subsidies; these vouchers are earmarked up to € 12,500 (can be made after payment of  20 % retention of max. € 10,000.). The funding intensity is therefore 80 %.

Application and decision process

submission of an application is possible at any time - swift approval processes

Terms and duration of project and funding

once a year - simplified completion (after final FFG audit - closing and transfer of the instalment)

Fundable plans include e.g.
Idea studies (such as concept developments, thematic and technologically open studies and studies which are not technological preliminary studies or accompanying studies, preparation for technological problem-solving), preparation work for a research, development and innovation project, support during the development of prototypes, analysis of technology transfer potential, analyses of the innovation potential of the company (process, product, technology), concepts for technical innovation management (in particular those associated with analyses regarding the innovation potential of the company)

Guidelines (German)