Building synergies in the field of research infrastructure for promoting innovation in the Austria-Czech Republic border region

Project description

Life sciences and the bio/nanotech sector increasingly depend on research infrastructure involving special equipment and highly qualified experts. Analyses have shown that many research institutions have no information about where research infrastructure is located in the Austrian-Czech border region. Moreover, the people involved seem to be unaware of the fact that equipment that is not available in Vienna can possibly be found in Brno. Research institutions located in less urbanised areas are especially disadvantaged and less competitive if they do not make use of the research infrastructure provided throughout the border region.

The Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities in Vienna and the Central European Technology Institute of Masaryk University in Brno are the most important centres in the Austrian-Czech border region when it comes to biomedical and technical research infrastructure for the purpose of research activities. Both institutions have realised that providing Austrian and Czech scientists with medical and technical equipment is essential for the progress of and innovation in research. Moreover, scientists can use a wider range of scientific equipment, as they have access to infrastructure on both sides of the border. SMEs in the Austrian-Czech programme region also benefit from the offer, as the potential for innovation rises within the region. Bio and nanotech companies located in areas with limited research infrastructure got the most out of the project. The information about this kind of service will be shared in the research community via training courses, staff exchanges between the participating organisations, innovative research projects, workshops and “open access” programmes. 

Key facts

Project duration
09/2016-08/2019
Funding programme Interreg Austria-Czech Republic 2014-2020
Project partners

Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities GmbH (Leadpartner) (Vienna, AT)

Institute of Science and Technology Austria (Klosterneuburg, AT)

Masaryk University (Brno, CZ)

Central European Institute of Technology - Brno University of Technology (CZ)

St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (CZ)

Budget of the Viennese project partners € 849.000 thereof ERDF: € 721.600