UAR acts as an initiator and hub of strategic cooperative research projects. In this capacity, UAR takes on a coordinating role in major funding programmes and represents the interests of Upper Austria as a research region. This role encompasses responsibility for representing the federal province of Upper Austria in the national COMET (Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies) research programme.
The programme’s name also defines what is expected – research excellence. The COMET funding scheme is a highly efficient instrument for strengthening long-term research cooperation between science and business and is of strategic significance to Upper Austria as an innovation region. UAR provides practical support with project development all the way to the establishment of new centres, coordinates the various stakeholders and ensures the ongoing structural development of existing competence centres.
Upper Austria currently has a substantial interest in 10 COMET centres which are part of the UAR Innovation Network. More information on the COMET programme is available on the website of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).
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