The Christian Doppler Research Association (CDG), opens an external URL in a new window promotes the cooperation between science and business. Specifically, this takes place in specially established research units with fixed terms, in which application-orientated basic research is pursued: Christian Doppler Laboratories at universities and non-university research institutions, Josef Ressel Centres at universities of applied sciences. Under the direction of highly qualified scientists, research groups work in close contact with the commercial partners on innovative responses to business-related research issues. Public partners of the CDG are the Federal Ministry for Labour and Economy of the Republic of Austria, opens an external URL in a new window and the Austrian National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development, opens an external URL in a new window.