Bilateral treaties and agreements aimed at stimulating cooperation in the field of science and technology (S&T Cooperation) serve to facilitate cross-border research projects.
Mobility support through Science and Technology Cooperation
Within the framework of Science and Technology Cooperation (S&T Cooperation), Austria enters into bilateral treaties and agreements in order to make cross-border research projects possible and to strengthen the international component in Austrian research. The agreements concluded with relevant target countries take the form of either Science and Technology Cooperation agreements (state treaties) or Memoranda of Understanding (ministerial agreements). On this basis, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research is able to foster Austria’s international relations in the field of R&D.
Currently, bilateral agreements are in force with Argentine, Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, India, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa and the Ukraine; new agreements with South Korea as well as Brazil are in preparation.
In the framework of these agreements regular calls for the implementation of bilateral research projects are launched. An amount of up to EUR 1.000,000 per year is spent on bilateral and multilateral activities within the framework of S&T Cooperation and about 270 bilateral cooperation projects can be supported annually. While the programme was originally designed to promote bilateral cooperation, its focus has shifted in the meantime and funding is coordinated with other EU Member States in order to finance multilateral research projects, e.g. in the context of relevant macro-regional strategies.
Information on current calls for project proposals within the framework of Science and Technology Cooperation can be obtained from the Austrian Academic Exchange Service (OeAD GmbH – Österreichischer Austauschdienst) Scientific & Technological Cooperation.