Frontrunner - Funding, Guidelines

Frontrunner (hidden champions)

The Frontrunner funding offers funding to companies with frontrunner-strategies within their fields of R&D to reach or enlarge leading market position (hidden champions). The funding modell is open to all branches of industry, research topics and size of companies or projects. The funding quota is max. 45 % of total eligible projects costs (non-repayable subsidies ) not dependent on the research topic, the branch of industry. Submission of an application is possible at any time.


Program Owner / Sponsor BMK - Bundesministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Energie, Mobilität, Innovation und Technologie FFG - Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft
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
Partner Not required
Submission possible anytime
General Programmes
Selection by Evaluations are conducted by experts of the FFG. The evaluation is carried out throughout the General Programme scoreboard and some additonal guidelines for Frontrunner funding.
What is being funded The funding quota is up to max. 25 % (major companies), max. 35 % (medium-sized companies), max. 45 % (small companies).
Min. / max. funding Frontrunner Guidelines (German only) / look up Guidelines / € 3 Mio. /
Eligible costs Guidelines (German only)
Min. / max. running time 24 - 36 Monate
Availability from 25.02.2013 - constantly

All projects are analysed and assessed in terms of the technical and economic aspacts for funding. Technical funding criteria include in particular the degree of innovation and the technical challenge of the planned project. Economic assessment focuses on the commerciali-sation potential and the applicant’s economic performance.

Description of the target group:
SME, Large enterprises, Startups


Gabriele Küssler
Gabriele Küssler
Advisory service
T +43 5 7755 1504

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