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Cluster Platform Austria

In 2008, a National Cluster Platform was established at the initiative of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs.

The Austrian National Cluster Platform represents the central interaction and cooperation platform for Austrian cluster stakeholders and is supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs. Austria has numerous high-performing clusters and networks in technological and economic fields of strength that enhance the national and international competitiveness of their cluster companies, especially SMEs, through innovation and cooperation.

Within the framework of the National Cluster Platform, current cluster-relevant trends, technologies and location topics are addressed and joint projects are initiated. The federal activities are intended to support the measures in the states and strive to have a complementary effect. The dialog between cluster stakeholders contributes to the successful interaction of science, research and business and to the strengthening of innovation, internationalization and growth in domestic companies. This is also an important concern of the Austrian federal government.

ACR - Austrian Cooperative Research

Since its foundation in 1954, ACR has offered specialised heterogeneous research and technology competences especially for the benefit of small and medium sized enterprises. ACR stimulates and enables innovation within trade and industry, thus improving the competitiveness of the Austrian economy.

The strengths of ACR-Members:

  • Close contact to SME
  • Provision of cost-intensive scientific and technical infrastructure
  • Intermediary between universities and SME
  • Great flexibility of the work potential
  • Cost-transparency and output-control/success governance
  • Research and technology competence
  • Experience of technology transfer
  • Outsourced research and development department of several branches

Currently, ACR has 18 full members. In 2017, they had a total of 775 employees and produced a turnover of 64,4 million Euro.

Additional Information

ACR - Austrian Cooperative Research


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