Partnership in Research (PiR) Special Funding Programme

Special programme to mark the 20-year anniversary of the Christian Doppler Research Association (CDG)

In celebration of its 20-year anniversary, the CDG has launched a special programme to promote networking between the science and research community and the business world. In this one-off programme, the CDG will make a total of EUR 1 million in funding available for research. The Partnership in Research (PiR) programme is designed to encourage new partnerships between science/research and the business world. Given the extensive experience of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) in funding stand-alone projects in basic research, this special programme will be carried out in cooperation with the FWF.

Target Group

Scientists and researchers at universities, universities of applied sciences (FHs) and non-university research institutions located in Austria.


The special programme will provide funding for basic research projects that give rise to partnerships with businesses in new areas of cooperation. Through the FWF, the programme is designed to leverage new potential in the science and research community, while the involvement of the CDG will create new opportunities for cooperation with businesses; in turn, these opportunities may lead to the establishment of Christian Doppler Laboratories (CD Labs) or Josef Ressel Centres (JR Centres).


Applicants are required to submit concrete ideas for basic research projects which have realistic chances of being attractive enough to businesses that CD Labs or JR Centres might later result from the projects. In order to receive an approval, the proposed research must be of high quality by international standards. No financial or in-kind contributions are required of the scientific institution or envisaged corporate partner. If carried out by university researchers, PiR projects will be subject to Article 26 of the Austrian Universities Act 2002, meaning that they will be regarded as ad personam projects.


PiR projects can be planned for a duration of 12 to 36 months.

Grant Amounts

The budget for each project will be between EUR 100,000 and EUR 250,000 over the entire term of the project. The personnel costs for the principal investigator are to be borne by the scientific institution where the researcher is based; these institutions are also required to provide the basic equipment necessary to carry out the project.


Applications can be submitted in the course of a one-off call starting November 4, 2015. The deadline for applications will be February 15, 2016, and decisions on funding approvals will be issued in September 2016.


Mario Mandl


Application forms
PiR programme information(pdf, 160KB)

Electronic application portal