The Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria, established in 2012, is responsible for external quality assurance in public universities, universities of applied sciences, and private universities. It unites the competences and activities of three previously existing organisations, namely the Austrian Accreditation Council, the Council of Universities of Applied Sciences, and the Austrian Agency for Quality Assurance.
AWS is a state-owned business development bank designed for the funding of innovation projects in companies as well as for seed financing and supporting start-ups. It is 100% owned by the Republic of Austria. With respect to research, AWS hosts the secretariat of the National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development. Most public support by the AWS targets specific sectors, focusing on venture capital funds and subsidies for companies and start-ups in ICT, life sciences and, most lately, also creative industries.
The Austrian Academy of Sciences supports research institutions and research activities in the field of basic research. In this respect, it also acts as a policy advisory body. The OeAW also performs basic and applied research through its institutes, commissions, research units, and research associations. Besides this, the institutions of the OeAW issue reports and statements related to research policy and are closely interlinked with international research projects and scientific organisations.
The OeAD is in charge of international exchange of pupils, apprentices, students, lecturers and researchers, and carries out international educational projects. Among others, the organisation supports and advises the federal government in the conception and development of European and international initiatives, offers services for mobility in European and international cooperations, promotes Austria worldwide as an attractive location for education and research, and carries out programmes and measures of public and private providers of funds for an internationalisation of education.
The Austrian Cooperative Research (ACR) is an association of research institutes with a strong focus on SME support and technology transfer activities. ACR has 17 full members and 6 non-regular members as well as 2 associated members. The ACR institutes perform measurement and testing, contracted R&D, and technology and knowledge transfer mainly for small and medium-sized companies in Austria. ACR is supported by the Ministry of Science, Research and Economy through a dedicated funding programme.
The council advises the federal government, the ministers and the "Länder" in all matters related to research, technology and innovation and defines a long-term national RTD strategy.
As Austria's largest non-university research institution in the field of applied research, the Austrian Institute of Technology operates at the interface between basic research and companies, ensuring that Austrian industry benefits from its research.
The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) is the largest Austrian organisation for the promotion of applied research and innovation. FFG offers advice, support and funding for research and innovation projects. The main task of the FFG is the support of business R&D and cooperative research through a large variety of different public funding programmes which are mainly financed by the Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and the Ministry of Research, Science and Economy.
The Austrian Science Board has two main functions. It advises the Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economy as well as the universities, and it advises the Austrian National Parliament and the regional assemblies about matters concerning the universities and generally on special questions of scientific policy and the arts. Furthermore, the Board observes and analyses the Austrian university system and scientific system, and produces recommendations for their further development.
The FWF is Austria's central body for the promotion of basic research. Its main responsibilities are the promotion of high-quality scientific research, the promotion of education and training through research, the promotion of knowledge transfer and the establishment of a science-friendly culture, and public relations in the field of scientific research. It furthermore provides support for stand-alone projects, scientific stand-alone publications, Priority Research Programmes, international mobility, and career development of female scientists.