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.
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(translations by ERA Portal Austria)