Austria

Background

Transport research in Austria is determined by a scope of national research and innovation policy and transport policy. R&D is one of the seven strategic areas of the National Reform Programme. The Government Programme for 2013–2018 sets the foundation and the objectives for the development of science, research, technology and innovation.

Transport policy is defined by strategic and programme documents at national and European level. The EU Action plan and Directive on Intelligent Transport Systems, for example, sets out a strategy for implementing an intelligent transport system consistent with guidelines for Austria, and defines priority areas of action. Other relevant policy documents are:

  • Austrian Road Safety Programme 2011–2020;
  • National Action Plan for Danube Navigation.

Institutional framework of transport research

At the highest political level, the two committees dealing with research are:

  • Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development, which advises on all matters relating to research, technology and innovation;
  • Austrian Science Board, which is the main advisory body on all university-related matters.

At federal level, two ministries have responsibility for research and technology policy:

  • Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW)
  • Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)

Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) is responsible for developing transport policy.

Transport research is funded through the general research funding, dedicated transport research programmes, and available European and international research funds. At national level, funding for research, technology and innovation is managed by three agencies on behalf of the ministries:

  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the main body promoting fundamental research;
  • Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the main funding body promoting applied research and development;
  • Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS), specialised in funding innovation projects in companies, and hosts the secretariat of the National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development.

Organisations responsible for the institutional framework and funding:

Funding Sources and Support Initiatives

There are several thematic programmes, which are funding research on transport related topics. For more detailed descriptions, please follow the links below.