Gold mines for innovations

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Developing something innovative and new in the life sciences and human technologies is not only time-consuming.
From development to implementation, a lot of know-how, contacts, infrastructural and financial resources are required.
Here you will find information and contacts for the most important funding institutions as well as tips & tricks on all aspects of funding.

Away from everyday business, it's always about finding (or inventing) something new in order to be able to cope with the future. This is especially true in the life sciences and human technologies for profit and non-profit oriented companies and organizations. The buzzwords are: "Innovative projects", "innovative spin-offs", "spin-offs" and "start-ups", to name just the best known.

 

Anyone who plans and implements something new takes risks. As a rule, greater financial resources are required than are available in one's own company. That is why there are private investors such as venture funds, wealthy private individuals, etc. who provide money and in many cases also know-how and contacts in exchange for a stake in the company. And there are “public sector” funding organizations at regional, national and EU level.

All of these organizations have one thing in common: They require detailed information before they give capital and, if necessary, participate or provide funding. The basis for this is a well-developed and detailed business plan.

The spring issue 2023 of our cluster magazine "Botenstoff” is dedicated to the topic of “funding” in the title story.
Here you will find a whole range of information, interviews, tips & tricks about the "gold mines of innovations".

EU-FUNDING PROJECTS

Here you will find the EU funding programs that we handle - but you will be funded!

EUROCLUSTER
"DESIRE"

The program owner/funder is the European Union.

The DESIRE Open Call will be held on September 13, 2023 published and stays until November 20, 2023  open.

DESIRE supports SMEs in accessing the European market for electronic and digital health services
 and enables them to shape the green and digital transformation.

The DESIRE Open Call focuses on innovative projects in the areas of e-health and digital health with the aim of strengthening the resilience of the European healthcare markets and driving the green & digital change. 

The call is aimed at individual SMEs or consortia made up of at least one SME and one other organisation.

A total of 1,05 million euros is earmarked for this funding call. The funding range per project is between €20.000 and €30.000.

By submitting to the DESIRE Open Call, applicants compete to participate in the DESIRE funding program, under which 35 SMEs will receive funding of up to €30.000 as direct funding and service vouchers. The DESIRE funding covers up to 50% of the estimated project costs. Each applicant is obliged to bear at least 50% of the costs themselves.

The funding is divided as follows:

  • Between €10.000 and €20.000 as direct financing
  • At least €10.000 in the form of service vouchers for services from external providers

ENABLING TRANSFORMATION

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 

Companies are supported in the areas of sustainability and digitization. 

"Enabling Transformation" supports the development of holistic strategies for corporate transformation
 with regard to two main issues: 

Digitalization and Sustainability.

Sustainability

Measures are promoted here that lead to more sustainable use of natural resources. In particular, the following topics are covered:

  • economical use of resources
  • increased use of renewable raw materials
  • Measures to increase energy efficiency
  • Projects to prevent, reduce and dispose of waste

Digitalization

The development, planning and implementation of digitization processes as well as their further development and integration into the corporate strategy are funded and supported.

Styrian production companies or company-related service companies in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medtech and health sectors are supported.

The funding is primarily aimed at SMEs, and in the area of ​​sustainability also at large companies.

The funding rate is 75%. The companies only have to bear 25% of the consulting costs themselves.

The funding budget consists of 100% EU funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

I3HIES

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 

The I3HIES project started on November 1st and will last until October 2025.

I3HIES aims to build a long-term, collaborative, inter-regional healthcare innovation ecosystem.

Companies interested in participating in I3 instrument projects will be supported by the development of a European infrastructure that increases their innovation capacity.

A total of 1,5 million euros has been earmarked for this project, which will be fully financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

SUPPORT AT NATIONAL LEVEL

Here you will find exciting funding and calls at national level - it's worth taking a look!

BASIC PROGRAM 2023

The sponsors are the Federal Ministry of Labor and Economics and the FFG.

The tender is open
until December 21, 2023, 12 p.m.

Basic program projects produce an actionable product, process, or service—including a digital product, process, or service.

The idea counts, the prototype is a result and market entry is the goal.

It will Corporate projects of experimental development promoted.

The project goal is a working product, process or service – including digital product, process or service. 

All costs attributable to the project (e.g. personnel costs, costs for using R&D infrastructure, material costs, travel costs and third-party costs) are eligible for funding direct, actual and in addition to traditional operating expenses occurred during the funding period according to the funding contract. 

The tender stands for all company and project sizes available. Any natural person or organization (outside the federal administration; note: private universities) planning a research and development project in accordance with the guidelines is invited to apply for funding in the basic program.

The funding is usually 50% of the project costs – for start-ups (already in the start-up phase) up to a maximum of 70%.

AUSTRIAN LIFE SCIENCES PROGRAMS 2023

The sponsors are the Federal Ministry of Labor and Economics and the FFG.

The tender is open
until December 21, 2023, 12 p.m.

As part of the 2023 Life Sciences call, there is support for research and development projects, clinical studies and lead projects with smaller and larger project volumes.

The funding ceilings are €3 million in the case of company projects and clinical studies, €2 million for the Eureka tender Austria - Israel and for the flagship project between €2 million and a maximum of €4 million.

The amount of the grant depends on the type of organization and the research category.

The call for applications in 2023 is limited to one project per research category per company.

A total of 2022 million euros is available for funding for the years 2023 to 50. Funding decisions are made on specific dates.

Funding is provided for R&D company projects (industrial research, experimental development) by Austrian companies that deal with the following subject areas:

  • Digitization of health aspects (diagnostics, telemedicine, medical devices, etc.)
  • newer, more effective, higher quality and safer, as well as more available and affordable drug and Medical Devices
  • Planning and implementation of phase I and II interventional clinical trials

In addition, lead projects in the field of "clinical research for novel solutions for health and disease data" are supported.

In the period from June 1.6.2023st, 11.9.2023 to September XNUMXth, XNUMX is also the Eureka tender Austria – Israel included.

All costs attributable to the project (e.g. personnel costs, costs for using R&D infrastructure, material costs, travel costs and third-party costs) are eligible for funding direct, actual and in addition to traditional operating expenses occurred during the funding period according to the funding contract. For details, please refer to the tender documents and the FFG cost guidelines.

The “Austrian Life Sciences” 2023 call for applications is aimed at all Austrian companies and, in the case of the flagship project, in addition to Austrian companies also at stakeholders from university and non-university research, universities of applied sciences, higher technical colleges based in Austria. The participation of foreign partners is possible (depending on the funding instrument). The participation of actors along the entire value chain is required. Further information and any restrictions can be found in the respective instrument guidelines and in the call for proposals guidelines.

The amount of the grant depends on the type of organization and the research category and ranges from 25% to 80%.

 

 

PRESEED DEEP TECH

The sponsor is the “austria wirtschaftsservice (aws)”

The tender is open
until 30.09.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX

With aws preseed will Deep tech-Finances and supports companies in the pre-foundation phase. Objective: The technical and economic preparation, implementation and validation of the "proof of concept”.

Proof of Concept

Deep tech start-ups – e.g. B. from the areas of digitization, ICT, physical science, green tech, quantum technology, life science, pharma/biotech, medtech including digital health

up to EUR 200.000

The maximum amount of funding can only be applied for if at least one woman is a future shareholder with more than 25% of the shares and is in a managerial position. Otherwise, the upper limit of funding is EUR 170.000.

SEED FINANCE DEEP TECH

The sponsor is the “austria wirtschaftsservice (aws)”

The tender is open
until 30.09.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX

aws Seed financing – Deep Tech bridges the funding gap more innovatively Start-upswho develop high-tech products. Coaching and advice help Start-ups in the process of opening up further sources of financing.

Development phase up to the market-ready product

Deep tech start-ups – e.g. B. from the areas of digitization, ICT, physical science, green tech, quantum technology, life science, pharma/biotech, medtech including digital health

up to EUR 800.000

The maximum amount of funding can only be applied for if at least one woman is a shareholder with more than 25% of the shares and works in a managerial position. Otherwise, the upper limit of funding is EUR 700.000.

GO INTERNATIONAL

An initiative of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Economics and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce.

The initiative runs until 2027.

A comprehensive event program as well as overall five direct grants support Austrian companies in their internationalization steps.

Measures relating to export and internationalization are funded.

All Austrian companies.

per request maximum 3 countries is also possible

5 direct funding measures

Digital Marketing Check, Project Business Check, Internationalization Check, Education Check and Sourcing Check

SUBSIDIES at STATE LEVEL

Here you will find a wide range of grants from Styrian economic development - it's worth taking a look!

Start! Sure

The sponsor is the Styrian Economic Development Agency.

The tender is open.

"Start!Klar" is a promotion for the growth of young, innovative companies and digital communication.

Advice is supported by external professionals, e.g. B. in the areas of business administration, law, innovation, technology, marketing and digitization. 

The funding is aimed at those people who intend to choose a form of self-employment for the first time or those who have already started their own business. The company may not have been founded more than five years before the application for funding was submitted. The company must be classified as an innovative company. 

The consulting cost subsidy is 50% of the external consulting costs, the maximum funding amount is 5.000 euros.

Start! Sure plus

The sponsor is the Styrian Economic Development Agency.

The tender is open.

The first round of financing is a milestone for startups, because business ideas take off with financially strong investors. When it comes to convincing financiers of your own vision, leave nothing to chance! The SFG takes over 80% of your professional preparation.

  • Development projects in advance of the first round of financing to ensure market access for the company
  • Product/service development as well as production transition, market launch of products/services, market analysis, advice and coaching
  • internal personnel costs, external consulting costs, investment and material costs as well as costs for the use of R&D infrastructure
  • innovative, unlisted small companies.
  • Companies that were founded no more than 5 years before the application was submitted.
  • Founders who have a direct stake of at least 25%.
  • Companies that develop products, services, digital infrastructures or processes that are new or significantly improved compared to the state of the art.
  • Companies that develop and implement the innovation themselves.
  • Companies in which development opportunities in terms of sales increase and employee development are recognizable.
  • Companies that plan to invest through business angels or venture capital companies no later than 12 months after the funding has been approved.
  • 80% of the chargeable project costs
  • max. 125.000 euros chargeable project costs
  • max. 100.000 euros funding

world!market

The sponsor is the Styrian Economic Development Agency.

The tender is open.

Make your company internationally visible and open up new markets. The SFG covers up to 60 percent of your costs.

  • Trade fair appearances abroad
  • micro, small and medium-sized enterprises
  • industrial-commercial production companies
  • business service providers
  • Trading companies with Styrian products in their portfolio
  • Architectural offices and engineering consultants
  • max. 60% of the eligible project costs (max. 50% basic funding and 10% bonus for projects in current focus regions of the ICS Internationalisierungs-Center Steiermark GmbH)
  • for Europe: max. 8.000 euros chargeable project costs
  • for long-distance markets: max. 16.000 euros chargeable project costs

Styria! Bonus

The sponsor is the Styrian Economic Development Agency.

The tender is open.

Additional funding for R&D projects: Because Styria, with a research quota of more than 5 percent, is among the top 4 regions in Europe and is therefore a hotspot for innovation, the SFG awards additional funding for R&D projects funded by the federal government

  • Individual projects in the field of experimental development
  • Projects in cooperation with other companies, research institutes and universities
  • Styrian SMEs
  • Companies that have submitted a project to the FFG and have been promised funding and financing from the FFG basic program.

The SFG increases the loan amount of the FFG by 20%.

Ideas! Rich

The sponsor is the Styrian Economic Development Agency.

The tender is open.

For the development and implementation of new business ideas - especially digital or sustainable products - the SFG grants innovation funding of up to 75.000 euros.

  • Entrepreneurial innovation activities including the development of new products, services and business models
  • internal personnel costs in project work
  • Material costs that can be assigned directly to the project
  • external consulting costs and creative services
  • micro, small and medium-sized enterprises
  • production and handicraft businesses
  • business service providers
  • Companies in the SFG target group

Ideas!Rich XS:

  • max. 70 percent of the chargeable project costs
  • max. 20.000 euros chargeable project costs
  • max. 14.000 euros funding
  • Basic subsidy rate: 30 percent of the eligible project costs
  • plus 10 percent regional bonus for projects by companies whose headquarters are outside of Graz
  • plus 10 percent cooperation bonus for projects in which there is cooperation with a research institution
  • plus 10 percent digitization bonus for digitization projects*
  • plus 10 percent sustainability bonus for sustainability projects*
  • * For definitions prior to digitization and sustainability projects, see Points 8.4 and 8.5 of the detailed information

SUPPORT EVENTS

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The most important funding bodies for innovative projects and companies

Municipal Funding

of cities and communities. Directly via the respective business or innovation departments.

state subsidies

Directly via the departments for economy, innovation, science, health.

Funding organizations of the federal states

Federal subsidies

Directly via the departments for economy, innovation, science, health, social affairs.

funding organizations (business-related) of the federal government: 

 

EU grants: Industry-related and intersectoral programs such as DESIRE, Enabling Transformation, etc.

Industry cluster organizations (and intersectoral): HTS, Medical Technology Cluster Upper Austria, LISA Austria, Silicon Alps

CONTACT

mulner
DI Pascal Mülner
Business Developer Digitization & Strategic Lead Pharma / BioTech
Müller
Mag. Yvonne Mueller
Assistant to the Management & Collaboration in Marketing
Koenig, MSc
Mag. Laura Daviña König, MSc
Project management enabling transformation

COMPLETED FUNDING PROGRAMS

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ENABLING DIGITAL INNOVATION

The ERDF funding pot "Enabling Digital Innovation" was dedicated to growth through innovation - and has become a success story.