R&D Competences for Industry

The programme to strengthen the research- and development competence of the Austrian 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.
Owner of programme / investor
Target group SME, Large enterprises, Universities, Universities of applied sciences, Competence centres, Research facilities, Start-up, Non-profit organisations, Regional administrative bodies
Topic Service Innovations, Information technology, Human resources, Life sciences, Materials and production, Mobility, Security, Environment and energy, Further issues, Space
Type of service Funding, Advice, other service, Trainings, Networking
Förderinstrument C15 S Qualifizierungsnetzwerk/klein, C15 M Qualifizierungsnetzwerk/mittel, C15 L Qualifizierungsnetzwerk/groß
FFG Unit of organisation Structural programmes
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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