Advanced Materials

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Materials Science is an interdisciplinary field which deals with the discovery and design of new materials. Radical materials research can drive the creation of new products or even new industries, but stable industries also employ materials scientists to make incremental improvements and troubleshoot issues with currently used materials. Industrial applications of materials science include materials design, cost-benefit tradeoffs in industrial production of materials, processing and analytical techniques.

Austria has a long tradition in materials science. In the area of metals research Austria has over 100 companies with a turnover of € 43 billion, an export quota of 90% and a budget for R&D of about € 400 million a year.

Materials science is a very important research field in Austria and is funded by several research programms from the BMVIT with about € 200 million a year. The FFG General Programmes cover in particular “classical“ mechanical engineering or the metal and chemical industries, as well as medical technology, measurement and control engineering, and optical instrumentation. Projects from the field of materials and manufacturing are also represented in many thematic and structural programmes. The biggest one is the research programm “Production of the Future” which promotes research into core issues relevant to the manufacturing industry within innovative RTD projects, with the goal of producing competitive products and fostering increases in productivity leading to sustainable economic growth. Topics in the Area of Advanced materials within this programm are nanotechnology, high-tech materials and surface and coatings.


Joint Call on Advanced Materials between China and Austria

Within the cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the joint call in the field of Advanced Materials is open for submissions from 4 February to 31 May 2016. The project duration for the projects will be three years (2016-2019).


Austrian Delegation on Advanced Materials 2016

From 17 to 23 January 2016, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) together with the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) organized a delegation visit for Austrian researchers and companies on the topic of Advanced Materials. The visit included the cities Beijing, Shenyang and Shanghai. In addition to meeting with representatives of relevant research institutes, participants had the possibility to engage in bilateral Science-2-Science talks with researchers in order to deepen collaboration and to prepare research proposals for the joint call with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The following CAS-Institutes were visited:

A few impressions:

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Austrian participants:

Universities and research institutions:


The visit was organised in cooperation with Advantage Austria in Shanghai (Link).