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Innovation Foundation for Education

Change often comes about not through a major reform but as a result of many small innovations

The Innovation Foundation for Education (ISB) commenced its work of funding innovation in education on 1 January 2017. The statutory basis for its activity is the Innovation Foundation Act (ISG) (in German only), which was amended (in German only) effective 1 May 2018. The ISB seeks to raise the level of education by funding innovative projects.

Aid is awarded to innovative projects in the fields of education and research along the following lines of action:

  • Strategic research for the further development and renewal of the education system
  • Transformation of the education system, especially in keeping with the priorities
    - Education and research
    - Business and education
    - Development of the education market
    - Integrated development projects in the fields of research, education and innovation
  • Awareness-raising

Applications can be submitted by:

  • Research institutions (e.g. universities, universities of applied sciences, university colleges of teacher education, non-university research institutions)
  • Public schools or private schools granted public-law status
  • Early childhood education institutions
  • Non-school educational institutions
  • Non-profit adult education institutions
  • Non-profit institutions also fulfilling educational purposes
  • Business enterprises

Aid goes exclusively to projects in which schools, early childhood education institutions and adult education institutions take part as well as to non-school educational institutions also involved in teaching within the scope of the project applied for.


Christina Pfaller
Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
Department V/4
Minoritenplatz 5, 1010 Vienna
T +43 53120 6390

Teresa Torzicky
Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD)
Ebendorferstrasse 7, 1010 Vienna
T +43 53408 123