In achieving the time horizons laid down in the Strategy 2010, the council saw the necessity of formulating long-term research, technology and innovation policy strategy with a time horizon until 2020. On 24 August 2009, the council presented Strategy 2020 with proposals and recommendations for the future development of the Austrian FTI system.
Alongside innovation, access to R&D is essential for businesses to develop and stay competitive.
Intellectual property must be protected to encourage innovation.
The Subsidy Compass (Förderkompass) is a service offered by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). It provides free support for access to subsidies for research and technology.
Useful information for people living and working in Austria is available from the Business Service Portal USP.
The Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development offers a comprehensive list of links to sources of information on subsidies.
The innovation support programme run by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) provides targeted support for small and medium-sized enterprises that require access to research and innovation and helps them to realise their potential. The use of current research for business is supported by the ‘innovation cheque’. Companies can apply annually for this assistance which entitles them to use the services of research institutions free of charge.
The COIN research programme is aimed at mediators of knowledge (e.g. technical colleges, non-university research institutions and centres of innovation) and companies. The core methods employed are the promotion of cooperation and network-building in the areas of research, development and innovation.
The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) is the national funding institution for applied industrial research in Austria. It supports Austrian businesses, research institutions and researchers with a comprehensive range of services, from the management of public funding programmes to consulting services in all phases of technology development and innovation.
Subsidy recipients can only be individual persons, corporate bodies or associations that are not part of the Austrian Federal Administration. The executive board of the FFG decides whether a subsidy is to be awarded. This decision is based on the subsidy recommendation or decision made by the evaluation body including any requirements and/or conditions.