For projects less reliant on research, the Innovation Voucher encourages companies to embark on the innovation process by offering the support required to develop innovative services. In order to facilitate the entry into a continuous research and innovation activity and to improve the quality of the research projects, the BMK and BMDW bundle coordinated SME funding from the FFG.
The BRIDGE programme provides support for basic research, including research with a social or human science component.
Programmes which focus on helping society deal with the major challenges of an ageing population and mobility, such as Mobility, Energy and Environment, also have a large share of projects aimed at the development of services. The potential to develop innovative services is particularly evident in the production environment as a consequence of increased networking and digitisation. The Intelligent Production programme considers these aspects, as well as examining the impact on working life and searching for solutions.
Educational activities are supported by the FFG through the R&D Competences for Industry programme, including in the context of service innovations. The goal of the programme is to establish, deepen and broaden the skills of research and innovation staff.
International programmes for innovative services
Service innovations can be funded as "Services" within the framework of the EU's Research and Innovation Programme, Horizon 2020.