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1 FFG - The Austrian Research Promotion Agency Management of Innovation and Technology Policy Programmes in Austria Martin Reishofer, 4 May 2011, Seminar on Innovation Management in the EU Frameworkprogramme Ohrid / Macedonia

2 Seite 1) Overview on FFG and FFG Funding Schemes 2) The Programme COIN as a good practice example of a FFG Innovation Funding Scheme

3 Seite 3 GERD 2010: 2,76% of GDP, rank 3 on european level (leading: Schweden and Finnland) rank 7 in European Innovation Scoreboard (Innovation Follower) Germany Austria EU-25/27 Gross expenditures on R&D in % GDP; Source: Eurostat; chart: ABA Catching-up: Expanding R&D spending Ambition to join the club of innovation leaders

4 Seite 4 weaknessesstrengths EU 27 k. A. Tertiary education S&E and SSH graduates Venture Capital Techn. Balance of Payments flows Innovative SMEs collaborating Public private co-publications Community trademarks Community designs Business R&D-expenditures S&E and SSH doctorate graduates Life-long learning Youth education Public R&D expenditures Private credit Broadband access by firms IT expenditures No n-R&D innovation expenditures SMEs innovating in-house Firm renewal (SMEs entries + exits) EPO patents SMEs introducing product or process innovations SMEs introducing marketing or organisational innovations Resource efficiency innovators Reduced labour costs Reduced use of materials and energy Employment in medium-high & high-tech manufacturing Employment in knowledge-intensive services Medium-tech and high-tech manufacturing exports New-to -market sales New-to -firm sales ENABLERS FIRM ACITIVITES OUTPUTS Strengths and weaknesses of the Austrian innovation system according to CIS (2009) New to market sales

5 Seite Parliament Federal Government Committee for Research, Innovation & Technology BMWFJBMVITBMWF BMF Austrian Science Fund

6 Seite FFG – Austrian Research Promotion Agency Founded in September 2004 Merger of four organisations Austrian Industrial Research Promotion Fund Technologie Impulse Gesellschaft Austrian Space Agency Bureau for International Research and Technology Cooperation Legal structure: private limited company Owner: Federal Government, represented by Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology Federal Minister of Economy, Family and Youth Budget million budget (2009: 508 Mio ) 225 staff (full-time equivalents)

7 Seite Management Internal auditStrategy General Programmes (GP) Structural Programmes (SP) Thematic Programmes (TP) European and International Programmes (EIP) Internal services Aeronautics and Space Agency (ALR) Organisational Structure

8 Seite 8 Source: FFG Promotion Statistics 2009 FFG-Research Promotion Statistics Development from 2008 to 2009 Partners funding Agreed Cash value - 13 % Accepted projects % + 21 % % Payments 310Mio. 296Mio. 447Mio.- 9 % Mio Mio. 406Mio. 424Mio Mio. 548Mio Mio. 508Mio. 378Mio.

9 Seite FFG-Research Promotion Statistics II Allocation of cash values according to type of organisations in ,27; 1% 4,02; 1% 378,73; 75% 47,17; 9% 71,22; 14% Business Research Organisations Universities Intermediates others TOTAL PAYMENTS Source: FFG Promotion Statistics 2009

10 Seite 10 FFG-Research Promotion Statistics III New FFG-apllicants Antragsteller in genehmigten Projekten New Applicants Experienced Applicants 31% 46% 39%

11 Seite General Programmes (GP) Objective Strengthening the technological competitiveness of companies based in Austria Broadening of the innovation base (attracting newcomers) Funding model is based on In-house project assessment and selection Open call Bottom-up (no thematic focus)

12 Seite 12 target group:companies, individual researchers/ inventors, research institutes consortium:single applicant, co-operating working groups tailored instruments:up to 50 % (or 70 %) of the total project costs: grants, low interest loans, bank guarantees calls:submission at any time and regular decision board meetings any technology fields or firm sizes experimental research and development projects projects with a concrete chance of commercial exploitation funding: fulfilment of technical and economical criteria General Programme

13 Seite 13 Programmes and InitiativesSMEsLarge scale enterprise Innovation Voucherxx BRIDGE (Programme)xx General application-oriented research fundingxx (HighTech) Start up Fundingx Feasibility Studiesx Headquarter Strategyxx Young Experts (preperation for diplomas)x Collective Researchxx Service Innovationsxx International Projects (EFRE, EUREKA, EraNET, ….) x(x) General Programmes (bottom up)

14 Seite Thematic Programmes (TP) Programmes FIT-IT – Information technologies At:net – Austrian Electronic Network BENEFIT – New technologies for elderly people Intelligent transport systems and services (IV2S) Energy Research NANO Initiative – nano sciences and nano technologies KIRAS – Safety research TAKE OFF – the Austrian aeronautics programme GEN-AU – Genome research

15 Seite 15 European and International Programmes (EIP) Objectives Support of Austrian researchers in industry and science with a view to promoting participation in the European Research Framework Programme, EUREKA,CIP, etc. Tasks National competence and service centre for European and international R&D programmes and initiatives Professional information and counselling on all programmes by competent national contact points Establishment of contacts with international R&D networks Monitoring of Austrian participation in EU Framework Programme

16 Seite Aeronautics and Space Agency (ALR) Objectives International positioning and networking of Austrian industry, economy, science Securing Austrias competitiveness at the international level Implementation of Austrian aeronautics and space policy Tasks Central contact point for coordination of activities Representing Austria in EU bodies, ESA, EUMETSAT Management of participation in bilateral and international aerospace programmes, management of the Austrian space programme Sustainable development and strengthening of the Austrian aeronautics and space cluster

17 Seite Structural Programmes Science Industry

18 Seite 18 Structural Programmes - Mission To support sustainable networks and partnerships between science and industry To improve and accelerate the transformation of knowledge into innovation To strengthen human potential in Austria as a location for research and innovation

19 Seite 19 COIN – Funding the transfer of knowledge into innovation (focused on SMEs) Initiated by two Austrian ministries (programme owner cooperation) Thematically open calls Target groups: companies (especially SMEs), Intermediaries, RTOs Consortia type projects Open Calls with cut off dates twice a year COIN – a good practise example of a FFG Innovation Funding Programme

20 Seite 20 COIN - Basic Requirements and Regulations FTE-Richtlinien (Basic Guidelines by Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and Federal Ministry of Economy), based on the European Framework Programme Programme Document COIN (owned by the ministries) (guidelines for the implementation of the programme) Guidelines for calls (detailed regulations for proposers, tips and hints for submission) Reporting Guidelines (for project processing, resp. monitoring)

21 Seite 21 is focused on cooperation projects strengthening the innovation level especially of SMEs by technology and knowhow transfer Consortia type projects: min. cooperation of 3 companies (2 of them SMEs) Additional (optional) partners: universities, universities of Applied Sciences (UAS), research institutes, higher education institutes, other intermediaries (e.g. Technology Centers, Clusters, …) COIN – Cooperation and Networks COIN – Competence Building aims at building competences and strengthening those agents, that are core partners for enterprises in terms of R&D an innovation partners are not mandatory; only RTO partners are allowed to receive funding; company partners have to be orderer of R&D in Phase 2 of the project running time COIN Calls in 2 Programme Lines

22 Seite 22 COIN Cooperation and Networks Funding Scheme two basic requirements Knowledge- and Technology- transfer to SMEs Practical Application in Form of Consortia minimum 3 companies (SMEs), additional RTOs, Intermediaries, further companies - innovative products - Innovative procedures - innovative services -Build-up of sustainable innovation oriented cooperation -Implementation of innovation projects based on existing networks between SMEs and RTOs Innovation Co-operation

23 Seite 23 Funding Conditions in Detail Minimum project configuration is 3 companies (thereof 2 SMEs) Funding by grants funding rate is limited to 60% of the total project costs (40% own resources can be brought in by cash or in Form of in kind, e.g. by working hours) Maximum funding: Mio EUR At least 60% of the project costs must be costs of the consortia partners, i.e. max. 40% external costs Duration: projects can be funded for maximum 3 years running time

24 Seite 24 COIN – Call Management FFG Check on Eligibility & Technical Expertise Jury of Experts Ex ante Evaluation of Proposals, Explicit Funding-Recommendation P1 Minister Announcement of Decision Proposals (submitted by e-call) P2P3P4P5Pn Call Deadline m a x. 2, 5 m o n t h Communication of Results

25 Seite 25 Best Practise Example of Consortia Project Structure

26 Seite proposals (Ø 60 proposals p.a.) 74 selected and funded projects -> Ø quota of success: 30% Total funding amount: approx. 25,5 Mio EUR More than 450 funded Consortia Partners - Ø Volumen per project: approx EUR - Ø Funding per project: approx EUR Mainly 2 years running time Facts and Figures (based on 4 COIN Calls Cooperation & Networks)

27 Seite 27 Split of Consortia Partners On average 5 to 6 Partners per project

28 Seite 28 COIN Special Transnational Funding within a national programme by COIN Cooperation & Networks International Partner Countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia (inkl. UNMIK/Kosovo) Ukraine, Turkey, Moldova Russia, Belarus Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan Funding Criteria and Procedure related to COIN Cooperation & Networks, but … - Funding up to 70% (RTDI-Institutes 75%) - min. 4 companies/SMEs (thereof 2 from Austria) - min. 15 % and max. 50% funding to non Austrian Partners

29 Seite 29 FORSCHUNG WIRKT. R&D makes an Impact >> Thank You

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