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Research in Austria


Austria plays an active part of the European Research Area. To further strengthen Austria´s position as a knowledge society and to foster innovation, investments in research and development have been increased in recent years, working towards the goal of becoming one of Europe’s most innovative countries.

To achieve this goal Austria also strives to provide favorable conditions and adequate support for researchers. With its active research landscape, a dynamic and innovative economy and a high quality of life, Austria is also an attractive destination for international researchers and their families.

About Austria

The Research Landscape

Vision of science in Austria is focused on achieving the best possible influence of research and development activities on the economy and society. Main facilitators for the fullfillment of this vision are research organisations, which are listed on this website.


Detailed information also can be found in the

Researcher's Guide to Austria (1.07 MB)




Numerous institutions and bodies are acting in R&D in Austria. The site gives a survey of the Austrian Research Landscape but NOTE: The following divisions and classifications of research institutions are neither authoritative nor exhaustive!

Universities & FH

Public Organisations

Industry/Private Sector



Research Cooperation

Forschungsatlas Niederösterreich (in German only)
Collection of research organisations in Lower Austria ordered by scientific areas

www.forschungsatlas.at (in German only)
Information on science and research in Austria is pooled in one place.

Austrian Polar Research Institute (APRI)
The Austrian Polar Research Institute (APRI) is a research consortium that promotes and coordinates research and education in the area of polar sciences at the participating organisations.

Austrian Technology in Space
Austrian space industry and space research are presented on this website with the aim of increasing their international visibility and to support networking of national and international players.

Complexity Science Hub Vienna (CSH)
Societies become more and more dependent on their ability of handling, interpreting, and making sense of complex systems. Understanding complex systems on a quantitative and predictive basis rests on the ability to combine complex systems science (mathematical concepts and methodology) with big and comprehensive datasets. The number of experts in this new scientific field is limited which poses a bottleneck to understand and eventually manage complex systems. The objective of the hub is to host, educate, and inspire complex systems scientists who are dedicated to collect, handle, aggregate, and make sense of big data in ways that are directly valuable for science and society. Focus areas include smart cities, innovation dynamics, medical, social, ecological, and economic systems. CSH is a joint initiative of AIT, IIASA, Medical University of Vienna, TU Graz, TU Wien, and Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Austria has put in place various measures to increase the rate of women in science and industry. This section is devoted to gender issues containing special information for female researchers. A systematic structure on gender issues in science, links to research funding especially for woman and to national projects supporting woman in research have been pooled.

Further information


In this section you can find a collection of documents about research policies.

National Level

European and International Level