European and other international funding agencies

Our consultants have been supporting companies in business development, market research and financial/funding topics for more than a decade. 


We will also be happy to support you in the development of a professional business model/plan, in finding the best suited funding option(s) for you, in performing related market surveys and in writing project proposals. We take administrative work off your hands, so you can focus on your core competences.


Once the funding is granted, we can also support you in negotiations, as well as in financial and project controlling during the running project. At the time of project reporting and at the end of the project, we are happy to support you in preparation of project reports. During and after the project, we suggest new funding possibilities and follow the same procedure.


Over the last ten years we could gather experience with the following funding schemes:

European Commission: EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument)


EIC Accelerator EIC Accelerator helps you develop your business concept further into a market-ready product, service or process aligned with your company's growth strategy. Activities could, for example, include trials, prototyping, validation, demonstration and testing in real-world conditions, and market replication. If the activity concerns a primarily technological innovation, a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 6-8 is envisaged for projects requesting grants only. Projects will receive between € 0.5 and € 2.5 million in the form of grants. 

From 5 June 2019 the EIC Accelerator offers blended finance in the form of an optional investment in equity in addition to the grant, to single for-profit SMEs. Grants will finance activities from TRL 6-8. Activities above TRL 8 will financed only through blended finance. 

Applicants will be asked to indicate if they want blended finance and the amount requested for equity. The maximum of investment in the form of equity is € 15 million.

Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

eureka innovation across boarders

EUREKA currently counts 41 full members, including the European Union. EUREKA has 1 partner country: South Korea and 4 associated countries: Argentina, Canada, Chile and South Africa. Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina are National Information Points

National Project Coordinators (NPC) act at operational level, running the National EUREKA Offices. They are the direct contact for project participants. NPCs facilitate the setting-up and running of a project and are responsible for project generator, national and international support and follow-up.

The affiliation known as Associated Country Status was initiated as part of EUREKA’s strategy to enhance cooperation with countries outside of Europe judged to have scientific and research potential.

Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws)

EUREKA member countries

Eurostars Programme

The Eurostars Programme is a joint programme between EUREKA and the European Commission and the first European funding and support programme to be specifically dedicated to research-performing SMEs. Eurostars stimulates them to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding.


The Eurostars Programme is a European Joint Programme dedicated to the R&D performing SMEs, and co-funded by the European Communities and 36 EUREKA member countries. Eurostars aims to stimulate these SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding. It is fine-tuned to focus on the needs of SMEs, and specifically targets the development of new products, processes and services and the access to transnational and international markets.

Steirische Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (SFG)

Christian Doppler Research Association

The "Christian Doppler Research Association" promotes the cooperation between science and business. Specifically, this takes place in specially established research units with fixed terms, in which application-orientated basic research is pursued: Christian Doppler Laboratories at universities and non-university research institutions, Josef Ressel Centres at universities of applied sciences.

Christian Doppler Research Association

Research Executive Agency (REA): SME Instrument

At EU level, the "Research Executive Agency" (REA) has been actively supporting highly innovative individuals, SMEs etc. for R&D and related commercialization activities.


"SME instrument" (Phase 2) is a very powerful funding to support SMEs. They can gain at an earlier stage between €0,5M and €2,5M for further development and commercialization of the product/process/service. With recent change, a blended financing upto €15M is possible.

European Commission Research Executive Agency (REA)


"Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE" improves capacities for regional development in Central European countries.


The main focus are innovation, carbon dioxide reduction, the protection of nature and cultural resources, transport and mobility.


Horizon 2020: fast tract to Innovation (fti)

Proposals for funding must be submitted by consortia comprising between three and five legal entities established in at least three different EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020. Actions are to be ‘business-driven’ because they are intended to give breakthrough innovation ideas the last push before shaking up the market. Substantial industry involvement in FTI actions is mandatory to ensure quick market take-up (‘quick’ meaning within a three-year period after the start of the FTI-action). This industry involvement implies:

either the allocation of at least 60% of the budget to industry participants in the consortium, or the presence of a minimum number of two industry participants in a consortium of three or four partners, or of three industry participants in a consortium of five partners.