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Innovation and research prize Carinthia

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Innovations- und Forschungspreis Kärnten
Policy objectives Plus
2.4. Demonstration projects, proto-types and proofs of concepts
5.3. Innovation awareness-raising
Presentation of the measure:

The innovation and research prize is the highest annual Carinthian award. The Carinthian innovation and research prize supports researchers and shows respect for their work. It honours the researcher´s innovative power, courage, ideas, technologies, products, services, etc. The prize is endowed with €58,000 and is awarded in three categories and with a special prize in 2012.

Endowments and categories:

  •  Category A: large enterprises;
  •  Category B: small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);
  •  Category C: micro-enterprises; and
  •  Special prize: innovation culture.

Products, processes and services which have been developed by a company and already brought to market are eligible for the awards. The target group is composed of companies in all size categories. 

The overall objective of the measure is to honor individual researchers and companies for their commitment and entrepereneurial spirit. At the same time, the award winners serve as role models for other companies and researchers (due to media attention/presence). Thus, the regional impact is more of an indirect nature rather than direct.                    

Funding applications must be submitted to the Carinthian Economic Funds (KWF). The award is announced each year with a fixed deadline for participation. No major hindrances in the implementation of the measure can be observed. 

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds49000580005800058000580005800058000
EU Structural funds
Private funds
Form of funding provided
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
There has been a positive response by beneficiaries to the measure (e.g. over-subscribed in terms of requested versus available budget) but it is too early to judge results or impact
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

As in the case of many Austrian support measures on the regional level there has been no evaluation of this particular measure. Reliable information on its actual effects is therefore available to a very limited extent. Every year, the KWF publishes a brochure containing an overview of the current call. It also provides key data on the funding scheme, e.g.:

  • 2003: 15 submissions
  • 2004: 29 submissions
  • 2005: 43 submissions
  • 2006: 36 submissions
  • 2007: 35 submissions
  • 2008: 29 submissions
  • 2009: 38 submissions
  • 2010: 42 submissions und 56 ratings
  • 2011: 26 submissions und 36 ratings
  • 2012: 22 submissions und 28 ratings
  • 2013: 30 submissions und 39 ratings
  • 2014: 22 submissions und 33 ratings
  • 2015: 38 submissions und 54 ratings
  • 2016: 25 submissions und 38 ratings
  • 2017: 21 submissions und 30 ratings
What are the most important “Do’s and Don’ts” that regional stakeholders should be aware of when launching a similar measure?:

Based on the limited availability of information described above no reliable recommendations regarding do’s and don’ts can be given.

Would you recommend this measure as an example of regional good practice to policy-makers from other regions ?:
Organisation(s) responsible