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13 Sep 2018

Austria has already received more than € 1 billion of Horizon 2020 funding

from left: FFG Managing Director Klaus Pseiner, Commissioner Carlos Moedas, FFG Managing Director Henrietta Egerth, Minister Heinz Faßmann (by FFG Oreste Schaller)

Researchers working at higher education institutions, research institutions and enterprises in Austria have already received € 1.025 billion of funding from Horizon 2020 to date. This was announced by Federal Minister Heinz Faßmann on the day of the FFG FORUM 2018 which is taking place in Vienna under the motto "Best of Austria meets Europe" - a motto fitting in well with Austria's success in Horizon 2020.

Minister Faßmann emphasised that crossing this € 1 billion threshold is "a great success und underlines the strength and excellence of Austria as a research and innovation location in Europe". He added that Austria's ambitious goal of receiving € 1.5 billion from Horizon 2020 is now "within reach". Comprehensive support for applicants in the Research Framework Programme is provided by the FFG - Austrian Research Promotion Agency, which also acts as the National Contact Point for Horizon 2020.

EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation Carlos Moedas, who is currently on a two-day visit to Vienna, stated that "Austria is at the forefront in Horizon 2020. With regard to participation, Austria is among the ten leading EU countries. As far as the success rate of proposals is concerned, Austria is even in second place." He added that successful participation in Horizon 2020 "is good for Austria and good for the EU".

According to FFG managing directors Henrietta Egerth and Klaus Pseiner, the Austrian success rate in the Framework Programme is currently 17%, placing Austria second after Belgium, and ex aequo with France. The EU average success rate is 14.7%. Austrian researchers and enterprises are particularly successful in the ERC (European Research Council; € 193.7 million), in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies; € 147.5 million), Transport (€ 118 million) and Energy (€ 100.4 million).

With regard to the ongoing preparations for the next Framework Programme "Horizon Europe", Minister Faßmann said that Austria is taking up the challenge and is highly committed to its task: "Austria is called upon in particular to advance the negotiations during the Austrian EU Council Presidency". The Minister added: "It is our joint concern to embed research and innovation even more strongly in the European agenda. These future-oriented areas deserve and require our attention, if we want to keep up in global competition, and to contribute also in future in a targeted manner to find effective answers to urgent questions through funding research and innovation". “

Minister Faßmann is opening the FFG Forum this afternoon jointly with Commissioner for Research and Innovation Carlos Moedas. During his visit to Vienna, the Commissioner is participating in the Wittgenstein Award ceremony at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the FWF - Austrian Science Fund, the ICRI Conference and the FFG Forum.

For more information:

BMBWF - press release (in German)

(translations by ERA Portal Austria)

FFG - press release (in German)

FFG - press release (in English)

Examples of successful Horizon 2020 projects with Austrian participation

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