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Vienna, Europe’s unofficial green capital, launches international competition for green ideas

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April 26, 2022






April 26, 2022





Companies of all sizes and research institutions can apply by July 22 for up to EUR 500,000 for research and development projects in Vienna for climate protection.

The Vienna Business Agency called on firms and research institutions to shape the future of cities worldwide and start their business in Austria’s capital city. It launched the Zero Emission Cities 2022 call for research and development projects that address climate protection and particularly the reduction of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gas emissions and climate change adaptation and promise a positive, traceable climate and social impact.

The budget is EUR 3 million and the deadline for applications is July 22. New solutions should preferably be developed for urban areas and, if possible, demonstrated in pilot applications in Vienna with the inclusion of relevant partners. The Vienna Business Agency offers the possibility of exchange and cooperation with the City of Vienna or downstream institutions, according to the call.

Research institutions can apply if they are part of a joint effort

Eligible projects will address the topic with regard to existing and newly constructed buildings as well as (urban) infrastructure; transportation, mobility and logistics; energy generation, use and storage; (urban) production processes and value chains; and resource management and circular economy, the announcement adds.

The municipal agency said it is interested in projects that address current research questions and thus reach beyond pure product development and the current state of technology; ones that demonstrate a basic strategy for economic implementation from which the city of Vienna has the potential for future economic gain; and projects that directly or indirectly result in product, service or process innovations.

Eligible companies are located in Vienna or they intend to establish a business location in the city for the purposes of implementing the project

The call is for domestic and international companies (small, medium-sized, large, or in formation) that are located in Vienna or will
establish a business location in the city for the purposes of implementing the project, while research institutions can apply within the framework of collaboration.

Foreign companies or startups establishing a business site in Vienna can receive an additional EUR 5,000.

The funding rate for small firms is 45%. Medium-sized ones can get 35% of the costs covered, compared to 25% for large companies and 80% for research institutions. They can get up to EUR 500,000 per project and the minimum project value is EUR 50,000. Eligible project duration is one to five years.

The minimum project value is EUR 50,000

In the case of a positive funding decision, projects that can be proven to be led by qualified females who are employed by the Vienna-based applicant businesses (lead applicants) will receive a EUR 10,000 bonus.

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