Member Participation



Energy solutions and energy technologies are globally the biggest growing market of the 21st century. Mission Innovation brings together 23 governments worldwide and the European Union taking the lead in accelerating the global clean energy transition. This public-public-private partnership will stimulate technology markets of new dimensions and with high dynamic. The Austrian government will together with the Austrian industry actively contribute to the goals of Mission Innovation.

Strategy and Focus areas

With the governmental programme 2018-2022 Austria commits to international climate goals and sets itself even high ambitious goal, such as 100% renewables in the power sector by 2030. Since 2008 Austria could more than quadruple its public energy research expenditures and has reached a level of about 140 Mio €/year.

The governmental programme attests that energy research will be intensified, and mention a new energy research offensive, which is currently under preparation. A strong focus will be on batteries, storage and hydrogen, digital and smart systems.

Research, Development and Innovation also plays a central role in the Austrian climate and energy strategy (to be finalised in June 2018). Besides the continuation of mission oriented RDI programmes on “plus energy areas”, “integrated regional energy systems”, “break-through technologies for industry” and “efficient mobility systems” the programme “Mission Innovation Austria” is foreseen. It builds on the programme “Flagship region energy” and focus on large field tests and real life laboratories for energy model regions.

Austrians energy research and energy strategy was published in 2017 and promotes a holistic view on the energy system, seeking for synergies in the coupling of all relevant sectors. In this context public R&D focus on six areas:

Figure 1: Top areas for energy research (bmvit)


Austria’s Engagement in Mission Innovation

Austria intends to join MI Innovation Challenges and be actively engaged in the group work.

There is interest from the Austrian Government, research organisations and the Austrian Industry to actively contribute to the mission innovation challenges. Particularly we are planning for an active participation in the challenges 1) Smart Grids and 7) Affordable Heating and Cooling in Buildings. For the Challenges 2) Off Grid, 4) Sustainable Biofuels, 5) Converting Sunlight, 6) Clean Energy Materials we are at the moment further consulting with research and industry organisations. Furthermore there is a high interest on the topics of batteries and hydrogen.

Austria would be committed to help leveraging on synergies with existing management structures in order to support the work of MI challenges. Austria would be interested in the work of the sub-groups (Business Investor Engagement, Analysis and Joint Roadmapping).

Austrian Mission Innovation Governance

A key for success in Mission Innovation is the strong Public-Private Cooperation. Austria has installed a national governance structure, ensuring a broad involvement of Austrian industry and RDI stakeholders.

The Expert Advisory board, chaired by Wolfgang Hesoun (CEO of Siemens Austria AG) gives strategic advice.

A Sherpa Group supports the expert advisory board by collecting information from the Austrian innovation system (e.g. funding agencies and programmes, technology platforms and associations, Austrian Economic Chambers,…). It will also disseminate the Mission Innovation progress and results in Austria.

The Mission Innovation Austria initiative will be coordinated by an Austrian Mission Innovation Office, based at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT).





Baseline and Doubling Plans

Based on the actual budget, which do not yet reflect the ambitions of the upcoming Austrian Climate and Energy Strategy to the full extent, the following baseline and doubling plans can be committed:

  • Country determined baseline years: average of 2014-2016
  • Baseline Funding amount: EUR 16 mill. on average per year
  • Doubling target year: 2020
  • Doubling target amount: EUR 32 mill. on average per year

Methodology for Determining Baseline

The baseline is calculated by averaging the budget for project funding of the Flagship Projects in the national programmes for energy research. On average 16 MEuro of funding have been granted each year between 2014 and 2016 for flagship projects.

In the past, numerous Flagship Projects have been funded within the portfolio of the above mentioned national programmes for energy research. Now a new program has been started, which bundles a number of flagship kind projects in “Flagship Regions for Energy”.

The new programme “Flagship Region Energy” will increase clean energy innovation by funding three flagship regions with a max. budget of EUR 120 mill within three years. Therefore, doubling will be reached between 2018 and 2020. On average, this results in at least 20 MEUR per year additional funding between 2018 and 2020.

Detailed explanation about flagship projects and the “flagship region programme” can be found in the full document “Country Rationale and Baseline for Austria”.

Figure 3: Baseline and Doubling plan Calculation.
Flagship Projects in City of Tomorrow and Energy Research Programme 2014-2016,
Programme “Flagship Region Energy” 2017-2021


Overview of Clean Energy R&D Focus Areas Emphasized in Mission Innovation Portfolio

Industry & buildings


Vehicles & other transportation


Bio-based fuels & energy


Solar, wind & other renewables


Nuclear energy


Hydrogen & fuel cells


Cleaner fossil energy


CO2 capture, utilization & storage


Electricity grid


Energy storage


Basic energy research


Indicators are for key areas of Mission Innovation R&D investment but do not imply a comprehensive representation of a country’s full R&D portfolio.


Additional Information

Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology:


Open Innovation Initiative:

The Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) contributes to the “Open Innovation Initiative“ of the Austrian Government by publishing all results from our research and technology programmes on the internet. This creates a knowledgebase for companies, researchers and citizen. (All programmes of bmvit: Aviation, Astronautics, Digital Technologies, Energy and Environment, Mobility, Production, Savety and Security) (City of Tomorrow, IEA Research Cooperation)


Publication Series of R&D Results:


Climate and Energy Fund: The Climate and Energy Fund is funds innovations for sustainable energy technologies relevant to the climate. It has different programmes in the areas of research and development, mobility, market penetration and raising awareness.


Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG):  The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) is the national funding agency for industrial research and development in Austria. FFG administrates all the funding projects.


Energy Research Expenditures: Full reports in German, ppt. slides in English and German


Flaghsip Region Energy: Information about the programme and the three Flagship Regions Energy (in German)