Projects - Funding Programme Analyses

Wirkungsmonitoring der FFG Förderungen 2017-2021
Impact monitoring of programmes managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

The impact monitoring of RTDI funding for Austrian companies and research organisations, managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), assesses direct impacts of the funded projects on RTDI inputs, behavioural changes, and outputs as well as their current needs. The results of the analysis serve as an input for the further development of the funding portfolio.
On behalf of: Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Expected completion: 2022
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Evaluierung der Umsetzung von HORIZON 2020, EUREKA, COSME, EEN und ERA in Österreich
Evaluation of the implementation of HORIZON 2020, EUREKA, COSME, EEN und ERA in Austria

The objective of the evaluation is an overall view of the implementation of HORIZON 2020 and ERA in Austria, complemented by the European initiatives EUREKA, COSME and EEN. For that matter the evaluation focuses on the analysis of the design, the alignment and the implementation of the different measures in the context of efficiency and effectivity. The evaluation is based on a broad range of different methodologies and is implemented by AIT, Joanneum Research, KMU Forschung Austria and ZSI.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economic
Co-operation: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (lead), Joanneum Research, Zentrum für Soziale Innovation
Expected completion: 2018
Contact: Iris Fischl

Aktive und passive Ausgestaltung von Unterstützungsleistungen für langzeitbeschäftigungslose Personen in ausgewählten europäischen Ländern
Support measures for long-term unemployed persons in selected European countries

Long-term unemployed persons represent a main target group of labour market policy as they entail various hampering factors with view to a reintegration at the labour market. On the one hand financial/social support has to be provided, on the other hand tailored measures have to be designed. In the framework of this study active and mainly passive support measures for long-term unemployed in selected European countries are analysed. These measures are compared with the Austrian support instruments.
On behalf of: Arbeitsmarktservice Österreich (AMS)
Expected completion: 2018
Contact: Eva Heckl

Evaluierung des BRIDGE Programmes
Evaluation of the BRIDGE programme

The BRIDGE programme funds basic science research projects at universities and other public research organisations that already demonstrate realistic application prospects. Thus, the BRIDGE funding shall facilitate the transfer of basic science results into industrial applications.
Companies participate in these projects financially or non-financially by providing equipment and guidance to the research institutes. The evaluation focuses on the difference facets of impacts of the programme and on the more recent modifications in the programme design during the period 2009 up to 2016.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
Co-operation: inspire research
Expected completion: 2018
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Evaluierung der innovationsfördernden Beschaffung
Evaluation of public procurement in support of innovation

The evaluation aims to analyse the status quo of the implementation of the 2011 public procurement in support of innovation initiative. Furthermore, the analyses will help to develop an understanding of the current framework and governance mechanisms and their effect on the implementation of the actions included. The evaluation is based on a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies and will develop recommendations for improvement based on an international comparison.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economic, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Innovation
Co-operation: Joanneum Research
Expected completion: 2018
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

Evaluierung der unternehmensbezogenen Wirtschafts- und Forschungsförderung des Landes Oberösterreich
Evaluation of Upper Austria’s portfolio of funding and support to companies

The evaluation aims to analyse the portfolio of Upper Austria’s funding and support measures provided to companies. At the centre of this exercise is the analysis of the interplay of the different measures with regard to their conceptual and design-based orientation towards additionality and broadness/specificity. Based on the results, the evaluation will develop recommendations for the client’s future funding and support policies after 2020.
On behalf of: Regional Government Upper Austria
Expected completion: 2017
Contact: Iris Fischl

Inclusive entrepreneurship 2017

The study examines policies and programmes in the field of inclusive entrepreneurship (target groups: youth, women, seniors, unemployed, migrants and people with disabilities) in Europe. Furthermore, strategies and measures to support entrepreneurship in these underrepresented groups are identified. The Austrian Institute for SME Research is again (like in 2016) responsible for the country report Austria.
On behalf of: OECD
Expected completion: 2017
Contact: Eva Heckl

Evaluation und Wirkungsanalyse CTI-Entrepreneurship
Evaluation and impact monitoring of CTI Entrepreneurship

The goal of this accompanying evaluation of the CTI Entrepreneurship Programme to support high-tech start-ups is to assess its design, implementation and short and medium-term impacts. For the latter, we apply models from social psychology to assess the impact of individual training modules and accompanying measures on start-up activities and the performance of nascent enterprises in a complex environment of varied support structures across Switzerland.
On behalf of: Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI
Co-operation: B, S, S. Volkswirtschaftliche Beratung (lead)
Expected completion: 2018
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Early-Intervention-Strategien und Ansätze in Deutschland - Good Practices und Empfehlungen für Österreich
Early Intervention strategies and measures in Germany

The situation on the labour market for specific population groups (low skilled persons, migrants, 50+, etc.) becomes more problematic. One of the political solutions is early intervention. To draft such measures effectively the study analyses early intervention measures in Germany and draws lessons learnt for Austria. Methods applied are literature and document analysis, expert interviews and case studies.
On behalf of: Public Employment Service Austria
Expected completion: 2017
Contact: Eva Heckl

Born Globals and their International Value Chains

The study investigates the phenomenon of born globals (i.e. young enterprises which are oriented towards international markets from the very outset) and their integration into international value chains. The analysis is based on extensive case studies. Another focus of the study is on policy measures supporting internationalization of (young) enterprises.
On behalf of: The European Foundation for the Improvemetn of Living and Working conditions (Eurofound)
Co-operation: Kingston University Enterprises Limited (Hauptauftragnehmer)
Expected completion: 2017
Contact: Thomas Oberholzner

Evaluierung der Förderungsgesellschaften Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (AWS) und Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG)
Evaluation of Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH (aws)  and Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

The evaluation of the AWS and FFG promotion agencies essentially addresses the question whether and to what extent ambitions and expectations of the predecessor organisations consolidations, in the context of the structural reforms more than a decade ago, have been achieved. Applying a theory-based evaluation approach (TBE) the evaluation analyses organisational and content-related functionalities, inherent properties, functional logics and impacts of either institutions, in order to draw action-relevant conclusions.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy
Co-operation: Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung (lead)
Expected completion: 2017
Contact: Sonja Sheikh

Evaluation der Teilnahme an den Europäischen Forschungsrahmenprogrammen
Evaluating the uptake and impact of participation in the European Framework Programmes

The study aims to assess how the national research and innovation landscape and policies have evolved during the past 15 years in Austria and how the evolution of participation patterns in Framework Programmes in Austria changed during the past 15 years.
On behalf of: European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
Co-operation: Oxford Research A/S (lead)
Completed: 2017/05
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

Wirkungsmonitoring der FFG Förderung 2016
Impact monitoring of programmes managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

The impact monitoring of RTDI funding for Austrian companies, managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), assesses direct economic impacts of the funded projects on, for example, input variables like own investments, but also research and innovation behaviour, and output variables like effects on employment and turnover of the funded businesses. A separate survey covers also research organisations from 2014 onwards. Complementary case studies complete the impact analysis, focusing on funding effects in large-scale enterprises.
On behalf of: Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Completed: 2017/05
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Evaluierung der Forschungsprämie gem. § 108c EStG
Evaluation of the Austrian R&D research tax premium

The evaluation shall identify the effects for applicants which can be attributed to the instrument of the Austria R&D research tax premium. The focus is on the effects in the fields of additionality, steering effects on decisions regarding project and venue and interaction with direct research promotion. Furthermore, the analysis includes an international comparison and the development of scenarios for the future design an indirect research promotion in Austria.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry of Finance
Co-operation: WPZ Research (lead), IHS
Completed: 2017/03
Contact: Sonja Sheikh

Förderungs- und Finanzierungskonditionen für schnellwachsende und forschungsintensive Unternehmen in Österreich
The role of direct R&D subsidies for fast growing and research intensive enterprises in Austria

The first goal of this study was to investigate the relationship between R&D activities and enterprise growth as well as their dynamics in investments on the basis of different databases (CIS, WIFO, etc.). The second goal was to analyse in detail the characteristics of R&D projects implemented by high growth firms (HGF), the project outcomes and the role of direct support. The basis of this analysis was the monitoring database of the FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency) as well as the impact monitoring database of the Austrian Institute for SME Research, complemented by case studies. This resulted in a report that pointed towards a specific need to support potential HGF not provided by the FFG portfolio so far.
On behalf of: Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Co-operation: Austrian Institute of Economic Research - WIFO (lead)
Completed: 2017/03
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Identifizierung und Monitoring der Wachstumsneigung bei FTI-Gründungsideen und FTI-Gründungen in der frühen Phase 
Identification and monitoring of the growth potential of early stage research and technology-based-start-ups and -ideas

The study aims at the development of a consistent approach to support the identification, early assessment and monitoring of the growth potential of early stage research-/technology-based start-ups. The respective criteria will support the organisations / incubators of the AplusB scale-up programme in identifying and selecting start-up projects for their respective centres.
On behalf of: Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Completed: 2017/02
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

Indikatoren zur Erfassung der Wirkungen von Förderungen der FFG
Indicators for capturing the impacts of subsidy programmes administered by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

The goal of this study was to identify valid indicators to monitor the impacts of the heterogeneous programme portfolio of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). We developed intervention logics for the various support instruments of the FFG and employed a participative process to include the needs of different stakeholder groups. The result of the study is a set of best practice indicators, structured along the intervention logics and across the broad portfolio of the FFG, which represents the basis for the impact monitoring of the portfolio.
On behalf of: Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Co-operation: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (lead)
Completed: 2016/12
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Inclusive entrepreneurship 2016

The study presents policies and programmes in the field of inclusive entrepreneurship (target groups: youth, women, seniors, unemployed, migrants and people with disabilities) in Europe. The Austrian Institute for SME Research is responsible for the country report Austria.
On behalf of: OECD
Completed: 2016/10
Contact: Eva Heckl

Indikatoren zur Erfassung der Wirkungen von Förderungen der FFG
Indicators for capturing the impacts of subsidy programmes administered by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

The goal of this study was to identify valid indicators to monitor the impacts of the heterogeneous programme portfolio of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). We developed intervention logics for the various support instruments of the FFG and employed a participative process to include the needs of different stakeholder groups. The result of the study is a set of best practice indicators, structured along the intervention logics and across the broad portfolio of the FFG, which represents the basis for the impact monitoring of the portfolio.
On behalf of: Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Co-operation: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (lead)
Completed: 2016/10
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Competitiveness of cultural and creative industries for growth and jobs

The study focusses on the analysis of the competitiveness and economic relevance of the European cultural and creative industries (CCI). It includes an overview on the most important indicators regarding the economic situation of the European creative industries and analyses the necessary framework conditions to guarantee an ideal future development beyond the background of trends and de-velopments. The study includes 5 detailed cased studies on national and 10 on regional strategies/initiatives to support CCI and derives central factors for policy learning and further recommendations for possible actions for an EU-wide CCI strategy.
On behalf of: EASME - Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises
Co-operation: VVA Europe Valdani, Vicari & Associates
Completed: 2016/07
Contact: Aliette Dörflinger

Begleitforschung ACR Innovationsagent
Implementation accompaniment of the ACR Innovation Agent programme

The goal of the project was to scientifically accompany the implementation of the ACR innovation agent programme in Austria, according to the similar programme existing in Denmark. For this purpose the implementation phase, achieved progresses and first results are illustrated and assessed. Furthermore, different scenarios how to finance this kind of programme in Austria are provided.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economic
Completed: 2016/07
Contact: Sonja Sheikh

Evaluierung des START-Programms und des Wittgenstein-PreisesEvaluation of the START Programme and the Wittgenstein Award

The evaluation of the programmes START and Wittgenstein included the analysis of the design, the management, the impact of the programmes as well as their fit in the Austrian and European funding landscape.
On behalf of: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
Co-operation: Fraunhofer ISI (lead)
Completed: 2016/05
Contact: Eva Heckl

Wirkungsmonitoring der FFG Förderung 2014 und 2015
Impact monitoring of programmes managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) 2014-2015

The impact monitoring of RTDI funding for Austrian companies, managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) as a single point of access, assesses direct economic impacts of the funded projects on, for example, input variables like own investments in R&D, but also research and innovation behaviour, and output variables like employment and turnover of the funded businesses. A separate survey covers also the effects in research organisations from 2014 onwards.
On behalf of: Austrian Research Promotion Agency
Completed: 2016/04
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

IKT-Kompetenzen im Fokus der aktiven Arbeitsmarktpolitik
ICT-competences in the context of active labour market policy

In this study PIAAC-data concerning ICT-competences are analysed. Research activities and labour market concepts in Austria and selected countries are described as well as international labour market programmes and initiatives (good practices) to ameliorate these competences are identified.
On behalf of: Public Employment Service Austria (AMS)
Co-operation: Wiener Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Bildungsforschung (WIAB)
Completed: 2016/03
Contact: Eva Heckl

Workshop on Policy Evaluation of Local/Regional Development and Territorial Competitiveness Programs

The aim of this project was know-how transfer in the area of policy evaluation for regional development and territorial competitiveness programs.
The target group were local experts from different public and semi-public administrations and evaluators in the field of regional development. Involved partners in the delivery of the project are the Institute for Territorial Economic Development (InTER), the National Agency for Regional Development (NARD) and the Secretariat for Public Policy in Serbia.
On behalf of: BACID Fonds für Know-how Transfer Actions im Auftrag der Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
Completed: 2015/12
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Evaluierung des Programms „Der Mikrokredit“ (2014-2015)
Evaluation of the Microcredit programme (2014-2015)

The Microcredit programme of the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection aims to encourage self-employment by providing micro loans, advice and training to particular target groups. The evaluation of the programme period up to 2015 entails a comparison and benchmarking with similar programmes in Europe as well as an analysis of success factors of funded ventures.
On behalf of: ÖSB Consulting GmbH
Completed: 2015/10
Contact: Thomas Oberholzner

Erstellung von Vorlagen für Businessplan und Machbarkeitsanalyse für die Förderungsaktion „Ideen!Reich“ der SFG
Compilation of business plan and feasibility study templates for the Styrian Business Promotion Agency´s funding programm “Ideen!Reich“

The project targets the development of standardised business plan and feasibility study templates on behalf of the Styrian Business Promotion Agency. Within the scope of the funding campaign “Ideen!Reich” the templates enable the simplification and comparability of submitted proposals. Hence the project supports the advancement of the SFG´s SME-related funding instruments.
On behalf of: Steirische Wirtschaftsförderungsges.m.b.H.
Completed: 2015/10
Contact: Sonja Sheikh

International consultancy study on gender equality in research

The study provides an overview of the measures set in Austria, Finland, the Netherlands and Switzerland to achieve greater gender equality in research. The empirical basis is provided by crosscutting analyses of country interventions and identification of best practices.
On behalf of: The Danish Council for Research and Innovation Policy (DFiR)
Co-operation: Oxford Research (leader)
Completed: 2015/07
Contact: Eva Heckl

Entwicklung eines Evaluationsplans für das Zentrale Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand (ZIM) zur Notifizierung bei der Europäischen Kommission
Development of an evaluation plan of the German ‘Central Innovation Programme for SMEs‘ (ZIM) for notification with the European Commission

Within this project, we first established the scientific and administrative basis for developing an evaluation plan for one of Europe’s largest innovation programmes. In a second step, we devised in close cooperation with the respective ministry the evaluation plan for the programme period 2015-2019 for notification with the European Commission.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), Berlin
Completed: 2015/04
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Evaluierung des Programms „Forschungskompetenzen für die Wirtschaft“
Evaluation of the programme "Forschungskompetenzen für die Wirtschaft"

The programme consists mainly of training seminars, qualification networks as well as innovation courses within tertiary studies. The evaluation analysed the usefulness of the instruments and the integration of the programme in the overall funding portfolio as well as the implementation and impact of the programme.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economic
Completed: 2015/04
Contact: Eva Heckl

Österreichs Beteiligung am europäischen Sicherheitsforschungsprogramm – Effekte für beteiligte Einrichtungen und das Innovationssystem
Austria's participation in the European Security Research Program (FP7-SECURITY)

The project analysed the effects of Austria´s participation in FP7-SECURITY on the national security research landscape and ist stakeholders. Furthermore, FP7-SECURITY is contrasted with the national Security Research Programme KIRAS with regard to the design, the objectives and the project portfolios.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
Completed: 2015/04
Contact: Iris Fischl

Ex-post Evaluierung des Strategieprogramms TAKE OFF
Ex-post evaluation of the strategic aviation programme TAKE OFF
This evaluation of the aviation programme TAKE OFF comprised a design as well as an impact analysis component. Specific challenges for assessing the programme impact were to be met due to the international context of the aviation industry and the partly very long innovation cycles in the industry. This was tackled by relying not only on more usual methods of social enquiry, but also on the concept of technology readiness levels (TRL) and an input-output analysis.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
Co-operation: Christiane Kerlen Evaluation und Beratung, Economic Trends Research Hamburg
Completed: 2015/03
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Maßnahmen zur Verhinderung von Jugendarbeitslosigkeit in der Schweiz
Support measures against youth unemployment in Switzerland

Objectives of the study are the analysis of the employment situation of young people in Switzerland and the framework conditions at the labour market; the identification of good practices of support measures for young people at the labour market in Switzerland; and conclusions and lessons learnt for designing support measures for young people at the labour market in Austria.
On behalf of: Public Employment Service Austria
Completed: 2015/03
Contact: Eva Heckl

Zwischenevaluierung des Programms Innovationsscheck Plus
Interim evaluation of the programme “Innovation Voucher Plus”

Innovation vouchers enable enterprises to engage with research institutions on the basis of a non-refundable subsidy for their services to a maximum value of either € 5,000 (Innovation Voucher) or € 10,000 (Innovation Voucher Plus). This interim evaluation tested whether the initial hypothesis for the creation of the Innovation Voucher Plus was valid, i.e. that there was a substantial number of Austrian SMEs that needed scientific support beyond the scope of the Innovation Voucher for being able to engage with R&D more seriously. The focus of the study also went beyond the immediate impacts in businesses by investigating the basic intervention logic, how the voucher can be seen against the Austrian support portfolio as well as other international applications, and which design features need to be improved in the future.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economic
Completed: 2015/01
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Mittelstandsbericht 2014
Report on small and medium sized enterprises 2014

The report on small and medium sized enterprises is presented to the Austrian Parliament every second year. Besides information on the industries as well as a thematic focus on employment the report also provides a list of support measures for SMEs based on the 10 principles of the European Small Business Act.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economic
Completed: 2014/11
Contact: Peter Voithofer

Evaluierung des Förderschwerpunkts Talente
Evaluation of the funding priority “talents”

The funding priority ‘Talents’ supports (potential) researchers in the areas of natural sciences and engineering. Focus of the evaluation was the analysis of the intervention logic, the implementation und the impacts of the programme. On that basis, recommendations for the further development of the funding priority were derived.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
Completed: 2014/05
Contact: Eva Heckl

Endevaluierung AT:net
Ex-post evaluation AT:net

This evaluation of the funding programme „austrian electronic network“ aimed at the analysis of the full programme duration from 2007 to 2013 and the achieve-ment of its objectives as well as the impacts on the participating organisations and beyond. The results fed into the development of recommendations with regard to a potential continuation of the programme.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
Completed: 2014/03
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

Erfolg arbeitsmarktpolitischer Bildungsmaßnahmen (BM) - Angewandte Kriterien und Indikatoren am Beispiel Deutschland
Assessment of qualification measures in labour market policy – implemented criteria and indicators in Germany

The study analyses how success of qualification measures in labour market policy is defined in Germany and which indicators are used to assess the output/impact of such measures.
On behalf of: Public Employment Service Austria
Completed: 2013/12
Contact: Eva Heckl