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Austrian Research Policy
Political responsibility for the development of the research and innovation system is divided between several ministries, which manage their funding activities through agencies and research promotion funds. At the federal level, responsibility for research and technology policy as such is borne by three ministries, plus the Ministry of Finance, which has budgetary responsibility – with each ministry taking the lead for different agendas.

Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF)
Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)
Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth (BMWFJ)

In addition to these ministries with direct responsibility for research, technology and innovation, there are also other ministries which administrate their own research budgets like the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) and theMinistry of Health and Consumer Protection (BMG).

More information on the Austrian research system, its governance and its funding measures can be found on the Austrian ERA portal.

In 2011 the Austrian Federal Government launched its Strategy for Research, Technology and Innovation for the next decade. The strategy is in implementation now and will be a guiding instrument to approach the Europe 2020 national R&D target, and to contribute to the implementation of the Innovation Union.

Agricultural Research in Austria


Agricultural research is mainly funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (Lebensministerium) within the programme PFEIL 15 (Programme for Research and Development of the Ministry of Life 2011 – 2015) The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Managementy manages the R&I activities by its Federal offices, external research funding and the Austrian climate research programme. Federal offices and research institutions within the responsibility of the Lebensministerium:
Research performers

Research is performed by universities, research institutes, industrial laboratories, etc. The following
sites link to research institutions active in the field of agro-food research:
University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences
(BOKU)
University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (VMU)
Other universities in Austria
Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
Joanneum Research
Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
Other links

The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
Austrian Council for Resea rch and Technology Development


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The SCAR plenary meetings are normally organised twice a year. Thirteen meetings have been held so far since February 2005.

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The SCAR committee is supported by a Secretariat with staff from the Commission's Directorate-General for Research and staff made available to SCAR from Member States (‘virtual secretariat’). The Secretariat is in charge of the preparation and follow-up of forum meetings (e.g. coordination of the agenda, invitation, documents for the meeting, minutes) and provides assistance to the working groups.
Contact person: François Constantin.