06. July 2021

COMET: Positive Interim Assessment of the K2 Centres LCM & MCL

In the COMET programme (Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies), K2 centres are the flagship category and aspire to international research of the very highest quality. One of the five such centres in Austria is located at Linz Center of Mechatronics, a member of the UAR Innovation Network. Now the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) has decided to continue the “Center for Symbiotic Mechatronics”, a K2 centre since the programme’s inception, and the next five-year period of funding will start in 2022 with a budget of EUR 53.3 million. Half of this sum comes from companies, while the Upper Austrian government will contribute around EUR 8 million.

This renewed approval for funding represents a milestone in Upper Austrian research. Symbiotic mechatronics aims to enable mechatronic systems to communicate even more intensively with their entire environment. The centre has excellent connections with the scientific community in Austria – especially with the JKU – as well as internationally, and maintains close ties with industry. Leading Upper Austrian industrial firms including voestalpine Stahl, Pöttinger Landtechnik, Salvagnini Maschinenbau, Primetals Technologies, B&R Industrial Automation, Infineon Technologies Linz, Engel, KEBA, BRP Rotax, FerRobotics and many more participate in this K2 centre.

The K2 centre for Integrated Computational Materials, Process and Product Engineering (IC-MPPE) at the Materials Center Leoben (MCL), a partner of the UAR Innovation Network in which the provinces of Upper Austria, Styria and Tyrol have a stake, also received approval for funding from the FFG. Over the next five years the centre will receive grants of approximately EUR 44 million with the government of Upper Austria contributing around EUR 2.5 million. Together with its industry partners, which include Primetals, voestalpine Stahl, AMAG and Linsinger Maschinenbau, the Materials Center Leoben conducts research on the development of materials, processes and products.

We congratulate the research centres in the UAR Innovation Network as well as all those involved and wish them every success in the next funding period.