Research and Transfer Support

Industry Relations

In the field of business co-operation we offer the following services for companies:

Possibilities for co-operation with TU Wien

We support co-operation between TU Wien and companies in the initiation and application phase by helping in the search for suitable co-operation partners and providing advice on relevant initiation financing. These activities are supported by the co-operation agreement with the Vienna Economic Chambers, opens an external URL in a new window.

The following possibilities for cooperation are available:

Research co-operation indicates a research project carried out jointly in a consortium (e.g. companies, public authorities, other universities, non-university research institutions) with the support of a public funding. The research project is open with regard to the results, the rights to the research results are reserved by all partners, and the exploitation and use of the results is regulated in the consortium agreement. The University has the right to publish.

Contract research is the implementation of scientific work on behalf of a (commercial) funding source. The objective and purpose of the commissioned investigations are predefined by the client. For a remuneration of the full costs of the commissioned research activity, the IPRs of the research results and their exploitation  remain with the client.

Co-operation in industry-based theses offers a special opportunity to combine science and business in practice to the benefit of both parties. Application-oriented research is enabled and current practical problems can be solved. Candidates writing such a thesis have an academic supervisor at the university and a contact partner in the enterprise involved, who make their resources available to answer specific questions. The topic is defined jointly, however, the actual approval lies in the university’s responsibility. Please note that the framework conditions for carrying out such work may vary between single faculties (e.g. guideline by the Faculty of Informatics).

Scientific services

At TU Wien, there are core facilities in which research infrastructures are pooled. Here, interdisciplinary co-operation at the university - and also between individual universities - is supported and strengthened. Companies can also buy scientific services offered at these centres, if resources are available.

The TU Wien X-ray Centre enables X-ray structure data collection, structure solutions and refinements of data sets in the single crystal domain. In addition, qualitative and quantitative phase analytics can be carried out for polycrystalline materials. Voltage measurements and texture measurements are offered for bulk samples, as well as for thin films., opens an external URL in a new window

The expertise and infrastructure of USTEM are available to research institutions and companies to carry out research and development work for quality control or damage analysis. With transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), confocal microscopy and focused ion beam (FIB), USTEM offers a wide range of services in the field of structural and chemical microanalysis., opens an external URL in a new window

The ZMNS offers state-of-the-art environment and equipment to enable the development of new semiconductor components in research and teaching. The main objective of the research and development activities is the transfer of innovative ideas from basic research into novel device concepts, which is also achieved through close co-operation with the industry and international research institutions., opens an external URL in a new window

Initiating R&D co-operation with TU Wien

"Business Co-operation" is your first contact point for initiating new co-operation between science and business with TU Wien. We pass on requests from companies, search for suitable co-operation partners and put you in contact with them. If required, we provide support throughout the entire acquisition process.

In the field of applied research, initiation funding can be obtained together with the corporate partner. In the funding programmes listed below, the applicant is always the company.

This initiation funding helps to develop R&D projects in detail, to define the framework conditions and possibly to clarify some points with regard to feasibility. In this way, quality and chances of approval of the actual application can be increased.

For this purpose, we can also recommend some initiation financing to you:

The funding programme "TU Wien consultancy services for Viennese companies"

As part of the co-operation agreement between TU Wien and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, the funding programme “TU Wien consultancy services for Viennese companies” is offered for Vienna-based businesses.

The funding programme supports cooperation between Vienna-based companies and TU Wien. Within the framework of this funding, Vienna-based businesses can make use of

  • a brief consultation (100% funding),
  • and/or a project consultation

These are processed via WIFI Wien. You can find all necessary details in the FAQ section, opens in new window. We accompany the initiation of the consulting project and handle the administrative processing of this funding source.

"F&E_Kooperationsanbahnung" offered by the Vienna Business Agency (WAW)

This funding programme supports the initiation of research and development cooperation in SMEs – entrepreneurial activities that lead to a specific R&D partnership and to the conclusion of a research cooperation agreement. In this connection, TU Wien can participate as a cooperation partner (for the preparation of an R&D project) or as a subcontractor (e.g. as an external consultant)., opens an external URL in a new window

The "KMU-Paket" offered by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

The aim of the “KMU-Paket” (SME bundle) offered by FFG is to facilitate entry into ongoing research and innovation activities and to increase the quality of the research projects. Several coordinated funding possibilities in the area of the ”Basisprogramm” are oriented towards all Austrian SMEs and provide financial support for the R&D initiation:, opens an external URL in a new window

Innovation voucher (Innovationsscheck) € 10,000 (with a 20% company contribution). Within the framework of the Innovationsscheck, TU Wien undertakes, for example, preparatory work for research, development and innovation projects. It supports the development of prototypes or carries out studies to implement innovative ideas. Please note that, according to the guideline, the research institution bears the financial risk in the event of a negative test result because in this case the payment of the Innovationsscheck does not take place. Please contact us in advance concerning this matter if you are planning a submission., opens an external URL in a new window

Funding for the preparation of feasibility studies. In this funding programme, TU Wien works on technical feasibility studies (proof of concept) as a third-party service provider., opens an external URL in a new window

Support in the preparatory work for a specific research project.
In this programme TU Wien can be commissioned as a third-party service provider to assess the state-of-the-art and the technical risks and to define solutions or to undertake similar preparatory work for an R&D project.., opens an external URL in a new window

Project funding in the Basisprogramm (General programme - experimental development) is open for all technology fields, companies and project sizes. Co-operation with research institutions enables larger grants from this funding source. The ”Einzelprojekt” is processed as a single project of experimental development. In this case TU Wien is involved as a genuine co-operation partner in research co-operation. TU Wien therefore has the right to publish the results of the work and to use them further, provided that this is carried out by the research institution., opens an external URL in a new window

Austrian start-ups (small enterprises) are supported in the market transition of a product that builds on a successfully completed research project in the basic programme or experimental development. The financing limitation of technology-oriented small enterprises does not apply with Market.Start, in order to drive forward the corporate growth in the areas of organisation, marketing and sales, in particular, with a loan of up to € 1 million., opens an external URL in a new window

"Wirtschaftsimpulse durch Forschung"

As part of the co-operation between the Austrian Economic Chambers, opens an external URL in a new window and TU Wien, we offer the "Wirtschaftsimpulse durch Forschung" ("economic impulses through research") event series: Here, we present the know-how of TU Wien on current R&D developments and demonstrate the possibilities for co-operation between companies and TU Wien institutes.

Information events for companies

The “Wirtschaftsimpulse durch Forschung” event series includes large-scale, inter-faculty information events with the objective of stimulating co-operation between businesses and universities. These network events offer an overview of the business-relevant research at TU Wien and promote the TU Wien internal networking between various research fields for the purpose of interdisciplinary activities. National funding agencies (e.g. FFG, WAW) also present their relevant funding programmes according to the given topics.

We also offer small-scale events, such as company workshops or expert discussions, where researchers and companies work together on specific questions, or a topic is discussed in an application-oriented way.

Current events 

List of the formats and topics used previously

Technologies for the future  

The brochure "Wirtschaftsimpulse durch Forschung – Technologies for the Future", opens an external URL in a new window (in German only) offers an overview of technologies, innovative research projects and current trends in the topics of ICT, the construction industry and urban technologies. In short summaries, TU Wien experts describe the state-of-the-art and associated challenges for the future.


Best-practice cooperations

Research and development projects are often a challenging task for companies. One of the hurdles is finding suitable experts for a particular innovation project.

Using examples of best practice, we would like to demonstrate how co-operation between companies and TU Wien researchers has been established and developed further to the benefit of all parties.



Any project that constitutes the initiation of cooperation between business and science can be funded e.g.:

  • Preparation of innovation projects (new processes or products)
  • Technical expertise to safeguard new business ideas or new business areas
  • Advice on processing novel customer orders
  • Neutral technical expertise before investment decisions or for the settlement of disputes
  • Solving technical production problems
  • Technical support in quality assurance
  • Implementing the first scientific services (such as special measurements, analyses)
  • Feasibility studies in the specified working framework

Any Vienna company with an active business licence in the Vienna Economic Chamber.

Consultation services 

Brief consultation
Initial discussion with TU Vienna expert; project definition and delimitation, in-depth analysis and recommendation for implementation measures and further procedure. Wirtschaftskammer Wien covers the entire cost share of € 800,- (flat rate).

Focus consultation
Further or more in-depth consultation, e.g. support in the conception of a joint application for funding; carrying out initial measurements, analyses, etc. at TU Vienna hourly rate for external consulting services of € 150,-/h .
Wirtschaftskammer Wien assumes a cost subsidy of € 40,-/h for a maximum of 40 hours. Young companies (younger than 3 years) are subsidised with € 60,-/h.

You can find an overview of the expertise in research focus areas of TU Wien and the associated topics at:, opens an external URL in a new window 

We are also very happy to support you in finding the right expert for your research issues. Please feel free to contact us! or +43-1-58801-415249

As soon as the appropriate TUW experts have been found, please send an e-mail to  with your contact details and relevant information about the project:

  • Topic and short description of the consulting content in a few sentences
  • Name of the researcher
  • Approximate scope and hourly rate: "As agreed with TU Vienna (150 EUR/h)".

After positive approval of funding by the Vienna Chamber of Commerce, the company concludes a consulting agreement with the experts. After completion of the consulting, the company receives all project documents (consulting report, invoice).
The company is obliged to pay the full amount of the consulting fee in advance. The promised subsidy amount will be refunded by WK Wien after submission of the settlement documents.

The brief consultation (first interview) is 100% subsidised (max. € 800,-).
For the focus consultation, the company receives a subsidy of € 40,-/h for up to 40h, young companies receive € 60,-/h.
The hourly rate of the TU Vienna for these consulting services is € 150,-/h.

This kind of funding (initial discussion, brief consultation, project consultation) may be used by Vienna-based companies once per year.

All employees of TU Wien and of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce are obliged to maintain confidentiality.
On request, we can additionally set up a non-disclosure agreement.