Austrian participants receive € 191 million from first year of H2020
A total of € 191 million have been approved to be granted to Austrian participants under Horizon 2020 since the start of the programme in 2014 (data include three quarters of all 2014 H2020 Calls). Austrian institutions participate in one out of 10 Horizon 2020 projects so far. The Austrian success rate (18.4%) is higher than the EU average (16.9%).
The higher education sector accounts for 32% of Austrian participations. 33% come from Austrian enterprises, a participation rate above the EU average of 29%. Austrian SMEs have been particularly successful in Horizon 2020 so far, with 17% of all approved Austrian participations (compared to an EU average SME participation of 14%).
Austrian Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economy Reinhold Mitterlehner welcomed these results, saying that Austria's higher education institutions, research organisations and enterprises are making good use of opportunities offered by the EU framework programme. With regard to the successful participation of Austrian enterprises and SMEs, Minister Mitterlehner said that "the development of new technologies and products is an important competitive criterion for small and medium enterprises in particular. We therefore support access to the Horizon 2020 programmes, for instance through expanding the advisory services offered by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency".
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