Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)
The Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) is on the one hand public authority, responsible for the transport and telecommunication sector and on the other hand policymaker and funder for applied Research, Technology and Innovation. The BMVIT is organised in four Directorates, one is responsible for shaping and promoting innovation initiatives. For these tasks a yearly budget of about 470 MEUR is provided.
The national RTI policy is to foster Austria as Innovation Leader and for this goal BMVIT is deeply involved in developping and coordinating RTI programs and strategies. In particular BMVIT is running national RTI programmes concerning
– Key Enabling Technologies for Industrial Innovation, such as Information and Communication Technologies, Manufacturing, Nanotechnology and Photonics
– Energy and Environmental Technologies,
– Mobility and Transport Technologies,
– Space matters.
To enable an efficient networking of stakeholders BMVIT is also supporting national technology platforms. On European level BMVIT is representing Austria in the appropriate Horizon 2020 program commit-tees and also in the governing boards of ECSEL, ESA, AAL etc.