Research Studios Austria – The Programme

Research close to the market

The Research Studios Austria (RSA) programme promotes the application and implementation of results from pre-industrial research, thus strengthening collaboration between Austrian science and industry.

Fast track to the market

Research Studios Austria are small and flexible research units that are usually affiliated to existing institutions. RSA may be established alone or in collaboration with a partner with the aim to translate research results into marketable products and services in a short period of time.

Bridging the gap

Optimal collaboration of companies, universities, research institutes and transfer institutions is the key to a successful innovation system and a competitive economy. The RSA programme forms part of the Cooperation and Innovation initiative of the FFG Structural Programmes. Research Studios support networking activities and help to overcome structural bottlenecks and weaknesses and adapt existing structures to new challenges on a continuous basis. This approach is designed to enhance the competitiveness and innovative strength of companies in the long term. 

The Research Studios address topics that 

  • can be converted into marketable products and services in a short period of time,
  • are or importance for the Austrian economy,
  • have the potential to find broad application and
  • enable transition from basic research to application if the companies alone do not have sufficient relevant research expertise and capacity.


The Research Studios may define different thematic areas in accordance with these conditions.

Research Studios Austria is a programme initiated by the Ministry of Labour and Economy (BMAW) and managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).


The essentials in brief

Program Owner / Sponsor BMAW - Federal Ministry for Labour and Economy
Project type
Submission with a proposal process
Target group The target groups include universities, universities of applied sciences and their transfer offices, cooperative and non-university research institutions, Research Studios as independent legal entities (spin-offs). Applications for the establishment of a Research Studio may be submitted by a studio operator alone or in cooperation with other potential studio operators or funded cooperation partners.
Selection by Jury decision
What is being funded max. 70% of total costs
Min. / max. funding EUR 280,000 / approx. EUR 1,300,000
Which costs are eligible for funding? Only project-related eligible costs will be accepted. These are personnel costs, other direct costs just as use of R&D infrastructure, material costs, third-party costs and travel costs.
Min. / max. running time 48 - 48 months
Availability from 17.06.2013 - 31.12.2022