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ARC - Austrian Research Centers --> AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology

Policy profile: 
  • Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)
  • Federation of Austrian Industries
General description: 
  • The Austrian Research Centers have recently been renamed and will be called "Austrian Institute of Technology" (AIT). AIT provides research and technological development to realize basic innovations for the next generation of infrastructure related technologies in the fields of health & environment, energy, mobility and safety & security. These technological research areas are supplemented by the competence in foresight & policy development.  As a national and international network node at the interface of science and industry AIT enables innovation through its scientific-technological expertise, market experience, tight customer relationships and high quality research infrastructure.
  • AIT is strategically positioned as a key player in the Austrian and European innovation system by performing applied research for and enabling the market exploitation of innovative infrastructure related solutions. This functionality of “bridging the gap between research and technology commercialisation” is seen as a fundamental role for commercialisation of new technologies and strengthening economic development.  AIT covers the entire spectrum from taking up emerging technologies, first proof of concepts, applied research to transferring these emerging technologies into specific applications up to demonstrators and prototyping. This allows to bridge basic research and industrial pick up of new technologies for commercialisation.
  • The Austrian Research Centers has recently been reorganised and now has five independent research departments: Mobility, Energy, Health & Environment, Safety & Security, Foresight & Policy Development covering the following areas:
  • Health Technologies: focusing on bio- and life sciences, environmental and security research
  • Materials Technologies: specialised in light materials, functional materials and electrochemistry
  • Information Technologies: covering smart systems and advanced computer vision
  • Mobility and Energy: working in telematics systems, innovative propulsion technology, surveys of road conditions and measures against traffic-induced noise and concussion, and - in the field of energy - (solar) thermal energy technologies, photovoltaics, distributed generation power generation and sustainable energy systems
  • Nanosystem Technologies: active in the nanoanalytics, nanophotonics, nanomagnetics, and nanoelectronics
  • Systems Research: performing applied systems research with special emphasis on research in the fields of innovation and sustainable development
  • Technology Transfer focusing on transferring technologies to small and medium sized companies
  • Nuclear Engineering Seibersdorf: all radioactive substances produced in Austria are collected, safely conditioned, and temporarily stored until their final disposal; NES works for national and international authorities.
Date of implementation: 

2007 – ongoing

Overall budget: 

€ 124.9 millions

  • Total revenue from research contracts: € 59.325m
  • Total shareholder payment (BMVIT): € 43.455m
  • Total nuclear research funding (BMVIT and BMfLUW): € 7.729m
  • Allocation by the Nationalstiftung: € 1.031m
  • Own work capitalized: € 0.062m
  • Other operating income: € 13.370m
  • Scientific Advisory Boards have been set up for the ARC group as well as for main organisational units and main divisions. The annual knowledge accounting report (Wissensbilanz)4 serves as a mechanism of self-assessment and benchmarking.
  • The research areas within the five departments are fixed for a period of four years and are closely scrutinised by the Strategic Research Advisory Board (SRAB). One evaluation panel per department is responsible for evaluating implementation and evaluation begins after two years, i.e. 2011.The newly founded Strategic Research Advisory Board (
  • SRAB), is to work hand in hand with the five evaluation panels (EPs) to ensure that the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology's standards of excellence are met.