General Programme - Funding, Guidelines

Research and Development in the Austrian economy

The funding strategy of General Programme is fundamentally based on the bottom-up principle. It is open to all branches of industry and research topics and eligible to companies and projects of all sizes. General Programme aims to strengthen the competiveness of companies based in Austria by funding the development of new products, processes and services. Funding is up to 50 % (for Startups up to 70 %) of total eligible project costs. The FFG uses a combination of several financing instruments - such as grants as well as low-interest loans. Submission of an application is possible at any time.


Program Owner / Sponsor FFG - Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft BMK - Bundesministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Energie, Mobilität, Innovation und Technologie
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. Evaluations are conducted via swift approval processes and are based on the FFG-scoreboard. Throughout the whole funding time the project will be monitored to permit the most efficient progress.
What is being funded The funding quota is up to max. 50 % (startups up to max. 70 %) combining grants as well as low-interest loans (recent: 0,75 %).
Min. / max. funding 0 / max. € 3 mill.
Eligible costs Includes all expenses and charges which are incurred directly, in reality and additionally (to the usual operational expenses) for the duration of the funded research activities (i.e. no earlier than when the application is received by the FFG). Funding is provided for personnel costs, investments in research infrastructure and other costs (third party services, material costs, travel costs, patent application costs).
Min. / max. running time 12 - 12 months
Availability from 01.01.1968 - constantly

With its permanent open call and wide range of funding models for the development of new products, processes and services, the FFG General Programme is aming at strengthening the competitiveness of companies based in Austria.

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

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


Karin Ruzak
Karin Ruzak
Advisory Service
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Doris Schmidt
Doris Schmidt
Advisory Service
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