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. FFG is wholly owned by the Republic of Austria, represented by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) and the Federal Ministry for Digital, Business and Enterprise (BMDW). As a provider of funding services, however, the FFG also works for other national and international institutions. 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.