Startup - Funding, Guidelines


The FFG supports Startup companies substantially in their medium-term liquidity situation, as it is only 5 years after the project end that they have to repay them. Until then, they were able to lay the foundation for a successful market entry and achieve their first concrete sales. Supported is the innovative product and service development - starting with the idea to a near-series prototype. Up to 70 % of the relevant costs are funded. High tech startups also receive a 5 % bonus rating. Submission is possible on an ongoing basis.


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. 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 Funding is up to 70 % of total eligible project costs with a mix of non-repayable subsidies and low-interest loans (recent: 0,75 %).
Min. / max. funding General Programme Guidelines (German only) / look up Guidelines / € 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 01.01.1996 - constantly

The aim of Startup funding is to enable an improved type of project financing or funding, thereby further increasing the number of Start-up companies in the high-tech sector.

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:
Start-ups, small and medium-sized companies (companies with less than 250 employees)


Mag. Gerald Dlesk
Mag. Gerald Dlesk
Head of Programme
T +43 5 7755 1203
Karin Ruzak
Karin Ruzak
Advisory service
T +43 5 7755 1507