Cooperation Partners

Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research of Austria (Austria)

BMWFW is responsible for science and research policy as well as economic policy in Austria

Acronym: BMBWF

The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research is, among other things, responsible for science and research policy and funding pertaining to universities and universities of applied sciences. Since 2014, ministerial competencies for these policy areas have been merged with economic policy.

The BMWFW coordinates Austrian participation in Horizon 2020 and is partner in a wide range of ongoing ERA-Net projects.

Within the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF), the Department for International Research Co-operation (II/6) is responsible for the Danube-INCO.NET and other related European-level international cooperation projects. Department II/6 is the co-ordination node for bilateral, multilateral and regional initiatives for research projects, research programmes and international S&T agreements. Furthermore it is co-responsible for the Austrian science and research attachés abroad, for Austrian membership in international organisations, for the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), higher education-related activities of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), Joint Programming Intiatives (JPI) at European level and for other Austrian initiatives in the area research for development.

Because of its geographical location, Austria has deep roots and excellent historically grown relations with the Balkan region. Therefore the BMWFW has played a very active role in supporting the integration of the WBC into the ERA and in assisting the building up of sustainable structures to increase their successful participation in the EU-FPs. The BMBWF is a very experienced and active partner for the WBC in their interregional political dialogue with each other as well as with the EU.


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