Das Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) contracted inspire research and KMU Forschung Austria to evaluate the BRIDGE funding programme
. BRIDGE funds basic science research projects at universities and other public research organisations that demonstrate realistic application prospects. Companies participate in these projects either financially, or non-financially by giving advice and guidance. BRIDGE project funding aims to facilitate the transfer of basic science results into industrial applications.
Research at Universities of Applied Sciences
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) inspire research gives advice and supports the BMBF funding action „Strong Universities of Applied Sciences – Stimulus for the Region“ (FH-Impuls)
. The funding action provides financial support to research-active Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) that aim to strengthen their research priorities in collaboration with regional industry partners. The funding action supports projects with a high potential for (economic) exploitation and transfer in the region and a high potential to contribute to a focused UAS research profile.
Evaluation of BMVIT‘s ICT R&D programme funding
The Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) has been funding ambitious collaborative R&D and innovation projects through several thematic programme lines in the field of information and communication technology (ICT)
. One particular characteristic of BMVIT’s ICT R&D programme funding is the linkages to related European funding activities, in key technology areas such as microelectronics and embedded systems but also in response to societal challenges such as demographic change. BMVIT commissioned inspire research to evaluate its ICT R&D programme funding beginning in the year 2002. The evaluation shall discuss recommendations for further strenghening the programmes’ implementation and provide evidence on the structural impact of BMVIT funding on the Austrian ICT R&D landscape..