Cluster Platform Austria
In 2008, a National Cluster Platform was established at the initiative of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs.
The objective of this National Cluster Platform is to provide a structured working level where federal and regional players in the field of clusters may initiate and develop joint topics. This Austrian RTI dialogue will contribute to the successful interaction of science, research and business as well as to strengthening innovation, internationalisation and growth within the domestic business community, in particular in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This is always an important consideration in the Austrian government's Work Programme.
The Austrian clusters are major partners within the Agenda Industry/Production 4.0, an initiative launched by the Federal Ministry to strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs and key companies in cooperation with the federal states.
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.
Coordination office for the National Cluster Platform: email@example.com