Evaluation of 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 provides recommendations for further strengthening the programmes’ implementation and presents evidence on the structural impact of BMVIT funding on the Austrian ICT R&D landscape.

Process support for the development of action areas in Horizon Europe

On behalf of the Division EIP European and International Programmes of FFG Austrian Research Promotion Agency, inspire research provided support to EIP in developing a proposal for priority actions regarding the support measures for the European framework programme "Horizon Europe" 2021 to 2027. inspire research assisted the EIP team in preparing and conducting a series of internal workshops. The results of the workshops were summarised in a proposal on the action areas for support services for Austrian actors in Horizon Europe.

R&D Benchmarking of University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

The University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (FH Upper Austria) commissioned inspire research to conduct a benchmarking study of R&D input and R&D output indicators comparing FH Upper Austria with other leading universities of applied sciences in Austria and Germany and with selected Austrian research universities. Among the input indicators considered are funds for R&D and R&D personnel; among the output indicators scientific publications and R&D collaborations with national and international partners in academia and industry. The benchmarking mainly drew on a comparative bibliometric analysis of the institutions‘ research output, which allowed, for example, conclusions regarding the development of certain publication patterns over time.

FFG- Multi-Annual Work Programme 2018-2020

The FFG Austrian Research Promotion Agency develops its activities to promote research, technology, development and innovation in line with its Multi-Annual Programmes. In order to identify thematic contributions for the upcoming Multi-Annual Programme period 2018 – 2020 FFG organised focus groups with external experts. inspire research provided support to the design and the analysis of the focus group results.

Action plan for embedding gender mainstreaming and diversity management at Austria’s universities of applied sciences

Commissioned by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, convelop and inspire research developed an action plan to better embed gender mainstreaming and diversity management at Austria’s universities of applied sciences. To develop a realistic action plan, convelop and inspire research worked closely with the universities of applied sciences, the Association of Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences’ Working Group on Gender Mainstreaming and Diversity Management and the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy’s Staff Unit for Gender and Diversity Management.

BRIDGE Evaluation

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.


Hannover Messe is the world’s leading industrial technology show, and for many companies among the most important fairs to present innovative manufacturing and production technology. In particular, Hannover Messe is among the worldwide leading industrial digitalisation exhibition venues. Aim of this feasibility study on behalf of the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) was to collect information on the requirements and strategies of companies and regional governments concerning their participation in the Hannover Messe, to assess options for a joint Austrian Industry 4.0 stand at Hannover Messe 2018 and to define specification requirements for further planning.

Digitalisation and Services

The FFG Austrian Research Promotion Agency commissioned inspire research to design and document a workshop on “Digitalisation and Services” in the framework of the Smart & Digital Services Initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW). The workshop participants discussed approaches to future funding priorities and support actions to fully exploit the potential of digitalisation-driven services in the economy and in society.
Documentation of the workshop

Support for Clinical Trials by SMEs

Since 2012 the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) supports with the funding priority KLIPHA clinical trials (phase I and phase II) that are carried out by SMEs in collaboration with clinical centres in Austria. FFG contracted inspire research to assess the results and impacts of KLIPHA funding so far. The assessment draws conclusions with regard to the effectiveness of the KLIPHA funding concept.
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Applied R&D Funding in Switzerland

inspire research supported the Swiss Federal Audit Office EFK Swiss Federal Audit Office EFK in evaluating the long-term impacts of R&D project funding by the Swiss Innovation Agency KTI (since 2018 innosuisse). Based on case studies and questionnaire survey results, the evaluation informed the EFK on the key facilitating and impeding factors for achieving the goals and objective of KTI’s R&D project funding activities.

Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

In collaboration with Technopolis Austria and the University of Vienna, inspire research evaluated the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship programme. With prize money amounting to up to five million euro, the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship is the most highly-endowed research award in Germany and draws top international researchers to German universities. The evaluation provides evidence on the structural impacts of the Humboldt Professorship programme on the nominating universities and research institutions.
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Active and Assisted Living Programme

The European Commission invited Anton Geyer to join the expert panel for the interim evaluation of the Active and Assisted Living Programme – ICT for Aging Well (AAL Programme). The AAL Programme is the trans-governmental funding activity of more than 20 countries to create better conditions of life for the elderly and to strengthen the industrial opportunities in Europe through the use of information and communication technology (ICT).
Final Report