International Relations

To support the internationalization of Austrian higher education and research institutions and to position them in the global research area, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research has launched numerous initiatives at bilateral and multinational level aimed at promoting international relations in the research policy arena.

International treaties and agreements are among the most important instruments employed by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research to promote cross-border research cooperation with selected target countries. In this context, Austria’s neighbouring countries as well as the countries of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe constitute an important regional priority. At the same time, stimulating cooperation with the world’s RTI frontrunners is crucial for the further development and internationalization of the Austrian research and innovation system.

Besides its bilateral activities, the Ministry participates in European internationalization initiatives, such as ERA-NET and INCO.NET projects, and engages in regional cooperation.

Austria’s participation in large-scale research institutions, such as CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research based in Switzerland, gives Austrian researchers access to joint research infrastructure, thus enabling them to engage in research at the highest international level.

The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research also represents Austria’s interests in numerous international bodies, such as the “Strategic Forum for International Science and Technology Cooperation” (SFIC) of the European Union, the “Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy” (CSTP) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as relevant bodies of the United Nations.

For details on the Ministry’s activities aimed at the internationalization of research, please refer to the following links:

International treaties and conventions

Participation in European internationalization initiatives