Service Innovations - Funding, Guidelines

Service Innovations as a tremendous competitive factor

Service Innovations are a tremendous competitive factor. The goal of the "Smart and Digital Services initiative" in general is to make awareness for R&D in service industry and for services as added value for the traditional industries. Therefore the funding instrument „General Programme" is opened for non-technological innovations. Opening research funding to non-technological innovation is crucial for supporting research and development in services and for strengthening service innovations due to the heterogeneity and multidimensional characteristics of the innovations in this area. Submission is possible at any time.


Program Owner / Sponsor 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, 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 % (start-ups 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 Monate
Availability from 01.01.2014 - constantly

Service Innovations strengthen the competitiviness of companies based in Austria by funding the development of hybrid products, processes and services.

Description of the target group:
SME, Large enterprises, Start-up


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