Europe’s Position in the field of international Cutting-Edge Research.

Research and innovation are one of the main priorities at the heart of the EU’s strategy to create growth and jobs. EU countries are encouraged to jointly invest 3% of their GDP in Research and Development and therefore they are expected to create 3,7 million additional jobs and an increase the EU’s annual GDP by nearly 800 billion Euros. To achieve these goals the European Commission has established a variety of funding programmes, starting with Horizon 2020 for European top level research, the programmes of the European Territorial Cooperation (cross-border, transnational and interregional) as well as the national funding programmes in each EU member country, which in the framework of project calls are accepting applications for targeted project implementation areas.

The experts from our network are specialized on the pre-screening, preparation and application development for funding programmes on European level. We are helping in the assembly of European and international project consortia and – teams, prepare together with our customers an optimized project framework to foster a successful project application and support the partners of the project application with coordinative and content-related activities to ensure the best possible evaluation result.

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

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Transnational cooperation, know as Interreg B, involves regions from several countries of the EU forming bigger areas. It aims to promote better cooperation and regional development within the Union by a joint approach to tackle common issues. Interreg B supports a wide range of project investment related to innovation, environment, accessibility, telecommunications, urban development etc. The transnational programmes add an important extra European dimension to regional development, developed from analysis at a European level, leading to agreed priorities and a coordinated strategic response.

We have our main expertise the following transnational programmes:

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European Cross-Border cooperation, known as Interreg A, supports cooperation between NUTS III regions from at least two different Member States lying directly on the borders or adjacent to them. It aims to tackle common challenges identified jointly in the border regions and to exploit the untapped growth potential in border areas, while enhancing the cooperation process for the purposes of the overall harmonious development of the Union.

For the cross-border programmes with Austrian contribution we have in-house experties, for all other cross-border programmes we can provide support through our network partners. Our main cross-border programmes are:

  • Interreg V-A Austria-Czech Republic
  • Interreg V-A Austria-Hungary
  • Interreg V-A Austria-Germany/Bayern
  • Interreg V-A Italy-Austria
  • Interreg V-A Slovakia-Austria
  • Interreg V-A Slovenia-Austria
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Interregional cooperation, known as Interreg C, works at pan-European level, covering all EU Member States, and more. It builds networks to develop good practice and facilitate the exchange and transfer of experience by successful regions. It showcases what regions do well, to the benefit of those still investing.

The 4 main interregional cooperation programmes are:

  • ESPON 2020
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The Republic of Austria has always scored well in international quality of life, environment and culture rankings. Since the start of this century, Austria has sustainably invested in research, technology & innovation (RTI), putting it at the cutting-edge of EU research in many fields.

Austria’s foundations as a research location are based on:

  • Customized funding & financing, both in applied R&D and basic research.
  • Tax incentives for companies intensively involved in research.
  • A broad-based tertiary education sector which provides the brainpower necessary to succeed in sunrise industries.
  • Effective networking between science and business within competence centres and clusters.
  • Excellent living and working conditions in a cosmopolitan environment.
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