Other European and international research programmes and agreements

For around 10 years, Austria has been engaged in joint scientific and education initiatives with its three neighbouring countries, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic and Hungary, with the aim of initiating collaborative bilateral projects. Funding is given to projects across all scientific disciplines, as well as courses, conferences and workshops. Universities, technical universities, university courses, research and educational institutions, as well as the institutes and individuals within those institutions, are eligible to apply. Project proposals are evaluated by a committee comprising five representatives each from Austria, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic and Hungary. In addition to project funding, grants are also awarded to students, doctoral students and young academics. Project proposals must be submitted on the appropriate forms to the representatives responsible for the initiative in question. 

ICM Zentrum für Internationale Kooperation & Mobilität
Mag. Michael Schedl
Ebendorferstraße 7, A-1010 Wien
01-53408-454 (Tel.); -499 (Fax)

COST, (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), is a European research initiative.

COST actions fund pre-competitive research in scientific and technological collaborative projects. Projects last an average of 4 years. COST has close links to the scientific community and, as such, is able to pursue promising new initiatives with particular emphasis on multi and interdisciplinary areas of research. COST focuses on scientific fields such as chemistry, nanotechnology and interdisciplinary research.

COST is Europe’s largest research and development network, incorporating 36 countries (including the 28 EU member states). It also facilitates cooperation with research institutions from some third-country partners.

COST provides European researchers with an infrastructure, enabling them to exchange their expertise and to work together. Member countries participate in national projects. Austria participates in COST through national funding for contract research, research promotion funding, private financing from companies and/or other sources of financing.

COST Programmbetreuung Österreich

ETIP Bioenergy - European Technology & Innovation Platform 
FCH - Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
Photovoltaic - European Photovoltaic Technology & Innovation Plattform 
RHC - Renewable Heating & Cooling European Technology & Innovation Platform 
SNET - European Technology & Innovation Platform Smart Networks for Energy Transition 
EUROPEAN Wind Plattform 
ZEP - Zero Emissions Platform

ECTP - Innovative Built Environment 
ETP SMR - European Technology Platform on Sustainable Minerals Resources
FTP - Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform 
SusChem - European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry
WssTP - The European Water Platform

Industrial technologies:
ESTEP - European Steel Technology Platform
ETP FTC - European Technology Platform for Fibres Textiles Clothing 
ETPIS European Technology Platform Industrial Safety 
http://www.manufuture.org/manufacturing/EuMaT - European Technology Platform for Advanced Engineering Materials & Technologies
MANUFUTURE Technology Platform

Transport and space flight:
ACARE - Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe 
Alice - Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe 
ERRAC - European Rail Advisory Council
ERTRAC - European Road Transport Research Advisory Council

Information and communication technology:
ECSEL Joint Undertaking Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership
EPoSS - European Technology Platform on Smart System Integration 
ETP4HPC - European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing
EUrobotics AISBL (Association International sans but lucratif) 
NEM - New European Media 
NESSI- TheNetworked Software & Services Initative
Networld2020 ETP
Photonics 21 -The Photonics Technology Platform

Biosciences and technologies:
FABRE TP - Farm Animal Breeding and Reproduction Technology Platform 
Food for Life 
IMI - Innovative Medicines Initiatives 
Nanomedicine Technology Platform 

More information: FFG

EUREKA is a European initiative promoting application-driven research and development (R&D) in Europe and providing opportunities for companies, research institutions and universities to get involved in cross-border collaboration, with the aim of boosting European industry’s global competitiveness.

Market-driven R&D projects have been receiving EUREKA’s seal of approval since 1985. Thirty-eight countries and the European Commission are full members of EUREKA. Each EUREKA project must include partners from at least two member-countries and aims to develop cutting-edge products, processes or services for the global market. There are no thematic restrictions or call dates.

Project proposals can be made at any time. They may cover any technological area and be traditionally structured or focus on a specific area and follow the structure set out below. EUREKA status is awarded to R&D projects at EUREKA conferences, which are held four times a year. Awards are made on the basis of recommendations from the national project coordinators. 

ICT technologies

  • CATRENE* - for micro and nanotechnology
  • CELTIC-PLUS* - for telecommunications research
  • EURIPIDES - for intelligent systems
  • ITEA2* - for embedded systems and software

Energy and environment



  • LOGCHAIN+ - for goods transport and logistics developement

*) EUREKA cluster

**) EUREKA Umbrella with Austrian Support



The  Eurostars funding programme provides financial support to a range of organisations including SMEs, universities and research institutions.


EUREKA (European Research Coordination Agency)
EUREKA Österreich

The European Cohesion Policy aims to strengthen economic and societal cohesion. The structural fund redresses major regional imbalances by supporting the development and structural adaptation of regional economies. The European Cohesion Policy supports the European Commission’s priorities, with particular emphasis on enhancing competitiveness and innovation.

The fundamental differences between the cohesion policy financed through structural funds and the RP7, H2020 and CIP initiatives are its decentralised design and programme management. The European Commission does not handle the implementation and budget allocation, which is instead delegated to national and regional authorities.

The three most important structural funds supporting research and innovation are:

  1. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which aims to boost competitiveness by helping regions to pre-empt and promote economic change, through innovation, promoting the knowledge-based society, entrepreneurship, environmental protection and the necessary improvements to access. Funding is also awarded to cross-border collaboration through joint local and regional initiatives, transnational collaboration aimed at integrated territorial development, and interregional collaboration and exchange of experience and knowledge.

  2. The Cohesion Fund (CF) for less well developed member states and regions supports measures in the areas of trans-European transport network and the environment within the framework of the Community’s environment policy (including energy, rail freight, sea transport and aviation). Member states can benefit from this financing if their gross national income is less than 90% of the EU average.

  3. The European Social Fund (ESF) enhances competitiveness and employment. Member states and regions are supported to help their workforce, enterprises and entrepreneurs adapt, with a view to improving their approach to economic transformation and managing it proactively. There should be particular emphasis on funding lifelong learning and increased investments in human resources, developing qualifications and skills, disseminating information and communications technologies, e-learning, environmentally friendly technologies, as well as encouraging innovation and business start-ups.


Managing authorities in Austria

Federal Chancellery

In Austria, the EU Structural Funds represent instruments of regional development which directly support people in the Austrian regions by safeguarding and improving their quality of life. In Austria, the Structural Funds programme is administered jointly by various federal and regional agencies, depending on existing professional responsibilities.


City of Vienna & the Vienna Regional Parliament

The EU Strategy and Economic Development department (municipal department 27) manages strategically important EU funding programmes for the city of Vienna and provides the services needed to do so.


Other Austrian regional parliaments

Information about the managing authorities in other Austrian states can be found  here.


Austrian Conference on Spatial Planning

This conference provides important information and services relating to EU Structural Funds

TU Wien has numerous collaborative bilateral agreements on research and teaching with universities around the world. TU researchers and their guests can claim their travel and accommodation costs from TU Wien’s International Office as part of these agreements.

The external ICM office manages bilateral agreements on scientific and technical cooperation with China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, India, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, the Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Ukraine. These agreements aim to improve scientific cooperation by funding researcher mobility within bilateral, scientific projects (funding will only be awarded to cover accommodation in the host country and travel costs). Researchers at universities, technical universities and other public science and research institutions which come under the authority of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF).

ICM Zentrum für Internationale Koperation & Mobilität
Programme Officer WTZ
Mag. Monika Staltner
Ebendorferstraße 7, A-1010 Wien
01-53408-445 (Tel.);