Projects - Key Enabling Technologies

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

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 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: AT - Joanneum Research
Expected completion: 2018
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

Innovationen effizient in KMU implementieren (INEKI)
Efficient Implementation of Innovation in SMEs

By analysing how to support the efficient implementation of digital innovation in SME, the project aims at the development of a suitable set of methods to support innovation agents providing evidence-based and efficient consultation. The respective results are, among others, based on the use of applied methods e.g. social network analysis.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy
Co-operation: Industriewissenschaftliches Institut-IWI (lead)
Expected completion: 2018
Contact: Sonja Sheikh

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

Competitiveness of Austrian SMEs - globalisation and digitalisation  as a challenge for Austrian enterprises, especially SMEs

This study aims for the identification of relevant framework conditions that hamper the competitiveness of Austria’s companies against the backdrop of the impacts created by the technological and socioeconomic megatrend digitization. Elements of the current regulatory framework (including labour law) that prove to be especially significant in that regard will be analysed against their compatibility with a globalized, digital economy and recommendations will be developed how to improve them
On behalf of: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economic
Co-operation: ÖIAT
Expected completion: 2017
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

Analyse der Rahmenbedingungen und Hemmnisse für innovative Unternehmensgründungen in Österreich
Analysis of inhibiting framework conditions for founding innovative companies in Austria

The study aims at analysing existing barriers for young, innovative companies in Austria and subsequently developing recommendations for ideal framework conditions for founders. Main focus of the analysis is on the barriers to found an enterprise in Austria, the financing and the role of the bank sector in this connection. Experiences from international good practice cases will be included in the report.
On behalf of: Rat für Forschung und Technologieentwicklung
Expected completion: 2017
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

IKT Standort Wien II
ICT location Vienna

The study aims to develop an up-to-date inventory of the ICT sector in Vienna and to identify opportunities to advance the region to an “innovation leader”. Methodologically, the study is based on analyses of secondary statistics, a company survey, expert interviews and interactive methodologies. As a result, the study produces an assessment of employment, growth and development potentials as well as of the respective economic strengths and competences of the Vienna region’s ICT sector. These are transformed into recommendations for the regional economic policy.
On behalf of: Magistratsabteilung 23 - Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Statistik
Co-operation: eutema GmbH, MAKAM
Expected completion: 2017
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

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 Garantien des austria wirtschaftsservice (aws)
Evaluation of guarantees of the austria wirtschaftsservice (aws)

The objective of the evaluation was to obtain information about the effects, the governance and the accessibility of the guarantees provided by the aws. Based on that, recommendations for potential improvements have been developed. Next to document analysis and analyses of monitoring data, two online surveys (with bank representatives and companies) as well as a control-group comparison based on the balance sheet database of the Austrian Institute for SME Research have been implemented.
On behalf of: austria wirtschaftsservice GmbH
Completed: 2016/12
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

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

Erfolgsfaktoren und Bedingungen für die kommerzielle Verwertung von außeruniversitären Forschungsergebnissen
Impact factors and conditions for a successful exploitation of non-university research results

Against the backdrop of existing deficits in the area of technology and know-how transfer, the project analyses impact factors for a successful, commercial exploitation of research results. The project focusses on the applied research conducted in the non-university research sector and the transfer of knowledge and technology to Austrian SMEs.
On behalf of: Austrian Cooperative Research
Co-operation: FGW, iwi, Österreichische Kachelofenverband, ÖIAT
Completed: 2015/12
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

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

Evaluierung Begleitforschung/Fallstudien
Evaluation accompanying research/case studies

Short studies: “Ongoing evaluations / accompanying research: What can they deliver and what are their challenges? The state of practice in Austria and Germany.” “How useful are case studies for programme evaluations? Aspirations and reality of their implementation."
On behalf of: Plattform fteval
Completed: 2014/12
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Entwicklung der WKW-Strategie zur Förderung von Innovationskraft und -fähigkeit der Wiener Unternehmen
Development of a strategy supporting innovation in Viennese companies

The objective of the analysis is to support the development of measures and activities of the Viennese Chamber of Commerce and to develop recommendations providing a sustainable impact on the innovation capacity and strength of Viennese companies. The study focusses on the question of successful innovation strategies and effective barriers as well as appropriate (and effective) support measures, and possible differentiations with respect to firm size and innovation types.
On behalf of: Economic Chamber Vienna
Completed: 2014/08
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

Technologie-Roadmap komplexe IKT-Lösungen
Technology roadmap complex ICT solutions

The project developed a roadmap for complex ICT solutions as well as options and recommendations for policy actions. To this end, short to longterm technology developments were identified, and R&D priorities and support activities safeguarding the competitiveness of the Austrian innovation system were deduced.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
Co-operation: eutema (lead)
Completed: 2014/07
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

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

Umwelttechnologie in Wien
Environmental technology in Vienna

It was the aim of the analysis to describe the status quo of the cleantech sector in Vienna with focus on enterprises. Thereby the current state of the sector was depicted (employees, turnover, internationalisation, expansion) and the chances and potentials (development of number of employees, development of turnover, potential for expansion and internationalisation) in the different areas were forecasted.
On behalf of: Wirtschaftsagentur Wien
Completed: 2013/12
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

Analysis of conditions for a successful transfer of knowledge in the area of industrial technologies

The study aims for the identification of the conditions for a successful transformation of EU-funded research projects into innovative products and services available at the market. Based on the analysed processes the study derived respective success factors and recommendations how such a transformation could be supported in the future.
On behalf of: European Commission - DG Research and Innovation
Co-operation: Oxford Research AS, Nordic Research
Completed: 2013/05
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

Strategische Begleitung des Redesigns des IKT-Forschungsportfolios
Strategic monitoring and support of the redesign of the ICT research portfolio

The project aimed at providing the contracting entity with operational recommendations for the development of support initiatives within an ICT strategy. This covered everything from thematic areas to the design of measures to be applied. Furthermore, the project suggested appropriate impact indicators.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
Co-operation: eutema Technology Management 
Completed: 2012/05
Contact: Sascha Ruhland