OLD EN: R&D Competences for Industry

This initiative of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) supports measures in companies for the systematic development and qualification of their research and innovation staff. The programme also aims to promote cooperation between companies and tertiary education and research institutions as well as to enhance the integration of industrially relevant research fields.

Focus and target groups
The focus of the initiative is placed on small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), which are independent of each other in research and technology development activities and located in Austria.

The programme “R&D Competences for Industry” has three programme lines,which are scaled according to their target groups, their R&D competences and duration:

  • Expertise increase: Qualification seminars
    short-term; customized training of employees in Austrian companies; focus on SME; enabling access to new technology fields
  • Expertise development: Qualification networks
    medium-term; networks providing customized training for Austrian companies with universities, universities of applied sciences and other educational and research institutions located in Austria; increase innovation skills of companies in future relevant technology
  • Expertise enhancement in applied research: Tertiary level courses
    long-term; customized training networks between companies and universities, universities of applied sciences and other educational and research institutions located in Austria; emphasize industry driven topics at a high scientific level


Programmeigentümer/Geldgeber Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort
Target group Kleine und mittlere Unternehmen (KMU), Große Unternehmen (GU), Universitäten, Fachhochschulen, Kompetenzzentren, Forschungseinrichtungen, Start-Up, (Gemeinnützige) Vereine, Gebietskörperschaften
Art des Angebots Förderung, Beratung, sonstige Dienstleistung, Training, Vernetzung
Förderinstrument Qualifizierungsnetzwerk/klein , Qualifizierungsnetzwerk/mittel , Qualifizierungsnetzwerk/groß
Aeronautics and Space, Environment and energy, Further research areas, Human Resources, Information technology, Life Sciences, Material and manufacturing, Mobility and Transport, Security, Service innovation
Structural Programmes


Mag. Christiane Ingerle
Mag. Christiane Ingerle

T +43 5 7755 2302
Mag. Doris Aufner
Mag. Doris Aufner

T +43 5 7755 3507