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Austria as a country of research: willingness to invest, inventiveness and a dynamic research landscape benefit from direct research funding and a tax bonus for research.

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Austria as a country of research:
willingness to invest, inventiveness and a dynamic research landscape

Excellent qualification meets superb collaboration between research and companies: In 2020, more than a third of all Austrians had a qualification from an institution of tertiary education.

Why should you research in Austria? Because you will be successful here! That is due to not one but several factors. Together they make the country so attractive for innovation: A combination of direct research funding and a tax bonus for research of 14% is unique in Europe. 

Not yet convinced? Austria offers even more! Over the last two decades, the country has succeeded in driving research and development forward many times over. The research ratio that was still at 1.53% in 1994 increased to 3.26% in 2022 and thus positions Austria's development dynamics in research and development as one of the strongest in Europe.

The Austrian Science Fund FWF has just approved EUR 52 million for projects in basic research. And between 2022 and 2025, EUR 140 million will be given out each year with the "Fonds Zukunft Österreich" ("Future Austria Fund") – for future topics such as "Pandemic Preparedness", AI or radical innovation.


3.26 %
is the Austrian research ratio in 2022
excellent research facilities carry out non-university research
€ 14200000000
will be spent on research and development in 2022
€ 2220000000
will be invested by subsidiaries of foreign companies in research

At a glance: This is how
Austria facilitates top research

  1. 01

    Industry and academic work particularly closely and successfully with one another in Austria. The country thus offers ideal prerequisites for open innovation. External partners such as customers, universities, research institutes, suppliers and start-ups are involved in the best possible way in the development of new ideas, products and services.

  2. 02

    The education system in Austria is known for its high level and its practice-oriented training. There are also numerous funding programmes. They network scientists and companies, provide support in the onboarding of international staff and help with registration and tax issues.

  3. 03

    In Austria, companies benefit from the research bonus of 14 per cent: A research bonus of 14% of the research costs can be requested for costs of research and experimental development. Both own research by the company and contract research are eligible for the bonus. Researchers in Austria also benefit from a relocation allowance in the amount of 30 per cent of the income from research activities in Austria and abroad. 

  1. 04

    Productivity has always been high in Austria. Over the last few years, industry has achieved disproportionately high increases in productivity: When it comes to work productivity per employed person, Austria holds a top position in an EU comparison according to the EU Commission and with 116.6 per cent of the gross value added per employed person is ahead of other industrial nations such as France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. With that, the country once again demonstrates its high level of competitiveness.

  2. 05

    Austria, country of inventors: In 2021, 2,480 inventions were registered with the Austrian Patent Office. Austria thus ranks 5th in the EU.

Did you know...

As early as 1844, Jacob Christoph Rad developed the first sugar cube, in 1951 Carl Djerassi made the breakthrough to the birth control pill, and six years later Karl Kordesch and two other Austrians in his team invented the alkaline battery (alkaline manganese cell).

...that the sugar cube, the contraceptive pill and the alkaline battery were invented by Austrians?

Research in Austria:
A strong ecosystem

Excellent qualification meet superb collaboration between research and companies: In 2020, more than a third of all Austrians had a qualification from an institution of tertiary education.

However, companies do not only find superbly qualified staff here; they also find strong cooperation partners in the research sector: 22 public universities, 16 private universities and 21 universities of applied science offer a total of more than 2,500 courses. 388,000 students are currently enrolled. The non-university research is also of world renown.

And when it involves the collaboration of tertiary institutions and companies, Austria ranks among the leaders in a European comparison: Highly specialised and broadly networked clusters can be found in Austria, among others in the areas of automotive, green tech, life sciences, food, aviation and aerospace, design and wood. These efficient networks in technological and economic fields of strength enhance the national and international competitiveness of their participants through innovation and collaboration – irrespective of whether it involves small and medium-sized enterprises or large corporations.

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