BRIDGE – Funding, Guidelines

Knowledge transfer between science and economy

BRIDGE 1 is funding calls with different submission dates under the FFG's BRIDGE Programme. Funding is made available for basic research projects conducted by consortia of partners involved in scientific research and industrial commercialisation. The projects fall into the category of industrial research according to the EU funding limits. Funding for science of up to 80 % is available if the project is carried out in cooperation with small and medium-sized enterprises. The programme is open to all research topics.


Program Owner / Sponsor BMK - Bundesministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Energie, Mobilität, Innovation und Technologie Nationalstiftung für Forschung, Technologie und Entwicklung
Aeronautics and Space, Bottom-up, Environment and energy, Further research areas, Human Resources, Information technology, Life Sciences, Material and manufacturing, Mobility and Transport, Security and Defense, Service innovation, Society
Funding instrument


Research institutes defining a consortium together with Startups, small and medium-sized companies, major companies or centers of expertise. A consortium is requestet of single application by areserach institution (non-university research institutions and universities) - at least two partners (1 from science, 1 from industry). Projects that have a predominant basic research portion and hold a realistic potential for commercial exploitation, so that one or more companies can befound to co-finance or otherwise participate in the project.

Submission with a proposal process
General Programmes
Selection by Evaluations are conducted by internal experts of the FFG and external evaluation processing.
What is being funded The funding quota is 80 % for small companies, 70 % for medium-sized and 60 % for large enterprises up to a maximum funding of € 360.000,-.- per project.
Min. / max. funding BRIDGE Guidelines (German only) / look up Guidelines / max. € 360,000,- /
Eligible costs Guidelines (German only)
Min. / max. running time 12 - 36 months
Availability from 01.09.2005 - constantly

BRIDGE provides funding for collaboration between scientific institutes and businesses. The projects should be designed as basic research projects but should also offer prospects for commercialisation. The participating companies must be effectively involved in the project work and make a financial contribution, if applicable.

The goals

  • Further development and transfer of basic research findings to industrial application
  • Extending research collaboration between science and industry
  • Facilitating access to scientific research for small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Promoting the transfer of researchers from universities to industrial research (PhD theses, Post Docs)
  • Intensifying research performance in high-level industrial research and experimental development as well as innovations in social and economic sciences and services
  • Promoting the commercialisation of high-tech innovations in order to enhance the innovative performance of the Austrian economy

Description of the target group:
The BRIDGE Programme is aimed at researchers and companies from all scientific disciplines and sectors in Austria. Both research institutes and companies are eligible to apply. The consortium must consist of at least two partners (one each from science and industry respectively).


Gabriele Küssler
Gabriele Küssler
Advisory service
T +43 5 7755 1504
Karin Ruzak
Karin Ruzak
Advisory service
T +43 5 7755 1507