Research Studios Austria – The Programme

Research close to the market

The Research Studios Austria (RSA) programme promotes the application and implementation of results from pre-industrial research, thus strengthening collaboration between Austrian science and industry.
Owner of programme / investor
Target group SME, Large enterprises, Universities, Universities of applied sciences, Research facilities, Start-up
Topic Service Innovations, Society, Information technology, Human resources, Life sciences, Materials and production, Mobility, Security, Environment and energy, Further issues, Space
Type of service Funding
Förderinstrument C9 ST Strukturaufbau - Studio
Geographic scope -
Partner Keine benötigt
Submission Submission with a proposal process
FFG Unit of organisation Structural programmes
Selection via Jury decision
Funding opportunities max. 70% of total costs
Min. / max. subsidies EUR 280,000 / approx. EUR 1,300,000
Eligible costs Only project-related eligible costs will be accepted. These are personnel costs, other direct costs just as use of R&D infrastructure, material costs, third-party costs and travel costs.
Min. / max. duration 48 / 48 months
Availabilty of 18.04.2016 - 30.09.2016
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Fast track to the market

Research Studios Austria are small and flexible research units that are usually affiliated to existing institutions. RSA may be established alone or in collaboration with a partner with the aim to translate research results into marketable products and services in a short period of time.

Bridging the gap

Optimal collaboration of companies, universities, research institutes and transfer institutions is the key to a successful innovation system and a competitive economy. The RSA programme forms part of the Cooperation and Innovation initiative of the FFG Structural Programmes. Research Studios support networking activities and help to overcome structural bottlenecks and weaknesses and adapt existing structures to new challenges on a continuous basis. This approach is designed to enhance the competitiveness and innovative strength of companies in the long term. 

The Research Studios address topics that 

  • can be converted into marketable products and services in a short period of time,
  • are or importance for the Austrian economy,
  • have the potential to find broad application and
  • enable transition from basic research to application if the companies alone do not have sufficient relevant research expertise and capacity.


The Research Studios may define different thematic areas in accordance with these conditions.

Research Studios Austria is a programme initiated by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMFWF) and managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).

Description of target group

The target groups include universities, universities of applied sciences and their transfer offices, cooperative and non-university research institutions, Research Studios as independent legal entities (spin-offs). Applications for the establishment of a Research Studio may be submitted by a studio operator alone or in cooperation with other potential studio operators or funded cooperation partners.