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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 (1.05 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

Open Science Network Austria (OANA)
This website provides information on the activities of the network and its working groups as well as on events and various resources on Open Science in Austria.

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.

The Vienna BioCenter is one of Europe’s biggest life sciences hubs with over 1,800 employees from 70 different countries. Its research institutes and biotech companies are among the world leaders in their fields.

Zentrum für Wissens- und Technologietransfer in der Medizin (ZWT)
Lively networking between science and industry: The ZWT is directly connected to the Med Uni Graz campus (MED CAMPUS Graz) and the LKH University Hospital Graz. The close ties with industry are supported by SFG and Med Uni Graz as ZWT co-owners with their networks. Due to the dynamic development, the ZWT Accelerator is currently being implemented as an extension specifically for start-ups and spin-offs in the life science sector.

TU Austria
In 2010 the three Austrian Universities of Technology, the Vienna University of Technology, the Graz University of Technology, and the Montanuniversitaet Leoben founded "TU Austria".The TU Austria-Universities join forces and use synergy effects in order to accomplish more in research, teaching and higher-education policy and to be convincing as a strong partner in the industrial and economic sectors with their cumulative expertise.

BioTechMed-Graz is a research alliance of the University of Graz, the Graz University of Technology, and the Medical University of Graz that merges research activities at the interface of basic biomedical science, technological developments and medical/clinical applications with the aim of joint research for health.

ACR – Austrian Cooperative Research
ACR is a network of private research institutes offering applied R&D for companies. Our demand-oriented services are tailored to meet the needs of SMEs, in order to support their innovation efforts, to provide the necessary know-how and to strengthen their competitiveness.

IUFRO – International Union of Forest Research Organizations
IUFRO is a global, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation for the promotion of international cooperation in forest-related research, based in Vienna, Austria.

VSC – Vienna Scientific Cluster
The Vienna Scientific Cluster is a collaboration of several Austrian universities that provides supercomputer resources and corresponding services to their users.



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 further information and a collection of documents about research policies.

National Level

European and International Level




Austria’s position in international comparisons

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Second-highest research intensity in the EU


In recent years Austria has invested substantially in research and development, reaching the second-highest research intensity in the EU.

In 2019, expenditure on research and development (R&D) in Austria amounted to € 12.69 billion, 4.8% above the figure of 2018 (€ 12.11 billion).

Estimated research intensity (percentage of gross domestic expenditure on research and development relative to gross domestic product) was 3.18 % according to the revised global estimate for 2019, which constitutes a slight increase over 2018 (3.14 %).


Further information:

> Austrian Research and Technology Report 2022 | Factsheet (in German)

> Austrian Research and Technology Report 2021

> Austrian Research and Technology Report 2021 - Factsheet

> Booklet Wissenschaft in Österreich/Science in Austria 2020