Already € 925 million of funding for Austria under Horizon 2020
A total of € 925 million of funding have been allocated to Austrian participants under Horizon 2020 so far. This was announced by Austrian Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research Heinz Faßmann, just before the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Competitiveness in its Research formation is due to take place in Vienna on 17 July 2018. Discussions at the Informal Meeting of Ministers will focus on “Horizon Europe” (2021 – 2027), the next EU Research Framework Programme, and on the European Research Area (ERA). Minister Faßmann highlighted the undisputed "tremendous added value from European research funding".
The minister emphasised that this added value can also be measured in terms of funds allocated under Horizon 2020, the current EU framework programme for research and innovation. A total of € 77.2 billion is available under Horizon 2020, of which around 32 billion have been allocated to researchers from EU and Associated Countries so far. “Around 925 million euros have already come to Austria and we have moved a good deal closer to our ambitious goal of 1.5 billion euros,” said Minister Faßmann. This makes Austria rank third among countries participating in Horizon 2020. Austria's success rate of 16.9 % is also well above the average for all states (14.9%).
According to latest figures, Austrian universities have received € 336.5 million, enterprises € 321.2 million, and non-university research institutions € 208.7 million since 2014. Austrian researchers and businesses are particularly successful in ERC (European Research Council; 193.7 million euros), ICT (information and communication technologies; 128.6 million euros) and Transport (105.5 million euros). FFG, the Austrian Research Promotion Agency, supports Austrian researchers to participate in Horizon 2020 as the National Contact Point.
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