Austria

Partner 1: (AT: Austria) FFG … Austrian Research Promotion Agency

The Austrian Research Promotion Agency is the main public body to support industrial research,
development and innovation in Austria. It operates a total budget worth more than 500 Mio. Euro.
Founded in 2004, FFG operates four main kinds of programmes: General Programmes support highquality
bottom up industrial projects open to all fields of technology and free of constraints through
tender submission deadlines. Structural Programmes optimise the structures of the Austrian innovation
system by developing new forms of co-operation, building know-how and improving competencies in
science and economy. Thematic Programmes set national thematic priorities and optimise and
standardise the processes of implementation. European and International Programmes are the centre of
competence and the “hub” as regards encouraging participation in international research and
development activities. FFG also incorporates an Aeronautics and Space Agency, which implements the
Austrian aeronautics and space policy and represents Austria in the main international bodies in this field.
Furthermore, FFG carries out expertises for individuals or legal entities claiming the research premium, a
tax benefit for R&D activities.