Small Scale Project - Funding, Guidelines

SME and startup funding for research and development

The funding supports "smaller" research and development projects of SMEs and startups, which are carried out alone or in cooperation and which as a result have commercially usable products, processes or services. Project costs up to max. 60 % (max. total costs € 150,000) can be funded in the form of grants. Submissions can be made on an ongoing basis, there are no restrictions on the topic.


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 for a small project consists of a non-repayable grant of up to max. 60 % of the recognized costs. For medium-sized companies 35 % and with cooperation up to max. 50 %. For small businesses that is 45 % and with cooperation up to max. 60 %,
Min. / max. funding 0 / look up the call documents (German only) / max. € 90.000,-
Eligible costs look up the call documents (German only)
Min. / max. running time 12 - 12 Monate
Availability from 01.01.1968 - constantly

The new funding instrument makes it easier to submit smaller research projects. With a reduced application form and shorter processing times. The Small Scale is the right funding instrument to carry out R&D projects in times of crisis. Feasibility studies as well as the development of the first functional prototypes can be funded. The funding is intended to enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs, startups) to carry out projects with smaller volumes efficiently and quickly.

Simplified eligibility criteria apply: These are essentially the innovation content, the technical difficulty of the project, the economic exploitation prospects (unique selling proposition, business model) and the perspective that the project will intensify the research activity of the applicant.

Cooperation with other companies and scientific partners (eg university institutes, universities of applied sciences etc.) is possible and can be rewarded.

Description of the target group:
SMEs, Startups


DI Dr. Christian Gessl
DI Dr. Christian Gessl
Head of Programme
T +43 5 7755 1303
Karin Ruzak
Karin Ruzak
Advisory Service
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