R&D Competences for Industry

This initiative of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) supports measures in companies for the systematic development and qualification of their research and innovation staff. The programme also aims to promote cooperation between companies and tertiary education and research institutions as well as to enhance the integration of industrially relevant research fields.


Program Owner / Sponsor BMDW - Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort
Aeronautics and Space, Environment and energy, Further research areas, Human Resources, Information technology, Life Sciences, Material and manufacturing, Mobility and Transport, Security and Defense, Service innovation
Funding instrument


Structural Programmes
What is being funded The systematic development and qualification of research and innovation staff in Austrian companies.

Focus and target groups
The focus of the initiative is placed on small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), which are independent of each other in research and technology development activities and located in Austria.

The programme “R&D Competences for Industry” has three programme lines,which are scaled according to their target groups, their R&D competences and duration:

  • Expertise increase: Qualification seminars
    short-term; customized training of employees in Austrian companies; focus on SME; enabling access to new technology fields
  • Expertise development: Qualification networks
    medium-term; networks providing customized training for Austrian companies with universities, universities of applied sciences and other educational and research institutions located in Austria; increase innovation skills of companies in future relevant technology
  • Expertise enhancement in applied research: Tertiary level courses
    long-term; customized training networks between companies and universities, universities of applied sciences and other educational and research institutions located in Austria; emphasize industry driven topics at a high scientific level


Description of the target group:
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)


Mag. Christiane Ingerle
Mag. Christiane Ingerle

T +43 5 7755 2302
Dr. Denise Schöfbeck
Dr. Denise Schöfbeck

T +43 5 7755 2308

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