In this section, you can find out about the core competences and focus topics of our project partners.

Core areas & specialist fields

There are countless opportunities for joint projects between universities and companies – with excellent academic researchers for almost any economic problem, we’re sure we can pair you up with the perfect partner to find your solution! To give you an overview of the many possibilities, we would like to introduce you to some of the core competences of our project partners in this section.  

Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck

In addition to its 16 faculties, the University of Innsbruck has the following five special research areas:

In addition, there are four cross-faculty research platforms and many research centres.

  • The University of Innsbruck is currently involved in the competence centers VASCage and ABC Research, with ABC Research in the process of phasing out. The former alpS competence center has been transformed into a successful spin-off after phasing out. In addition, the University of Innsbruck is involved in spin-offs via its wholly-owned subsidiary Uni-Holding. The current portfolio of 22 spin-off investments reflects the diversity of technology transfer at a comprehensive university.
  • The university has a Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies and two Christian Doppler Laboratories.
  • The university also works with two affiliated Institutes of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Institute for Mountain Research: Man and Environment, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information).
  • What’s more, the university also has two special research areas on the foundations and applications of quantum physics (FoQuS) and chronic diseases of the central nervous system (SFB-F44).

Research infrastructure


Paris Lodron University of Salzburg

Research foci in different areas:

High-level training, for example with the following doctoral programmes:

National collaborations, such as:

  • Cancer Cluster Salzburg (CSS): cancer research, joint projects with the Salzburger Landeskliniken hospitals and Paracelsus Medical Private University as part of the Allery-Cancer-BioNano Research Centre (ACBN), more clusters to follow
  • „PLUS Geronto network“ together with the University of Innsbruck and the Paracelsus Medical Private University/Salzburger Landeskliniken hospitals
  • Climate research network Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA) as part of the Department of Geoinformatics (advancement and progression of climate research, promotion of young scientists, support of knowledge transfer and provision of practice-oriented knowledge)

Technology offers:

Research infrastructure

Research competences in the field of Life Sciences (in German)


Mozarteum University Salzburg
  • More than 40 artistic and pedagogic fields of study in the area of music as well as performing and visual arts
  • Comprehensive training in instrumental subjects, composition, conducting, voice, music theatre, drama, production, stage design, music and dance pedagogy, art and textile design pedagogy, music pedagogy and music education
  • International exchange of teachers and students, scholarship programmes, exchange concerts
  • Youth and career development
  • Immanent focus on “W.A. Mozart in interpretation and research”
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) offers many research and study opportunities in the areas of Social Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Engineering and Natural Sciences and Medicine (new since 2014). By offering a wide range of research focus areas and institutes, the University provides the perfect basis for interdisziplinary works and activities. There are six fields of excellence which thematically describe the core competencies of the different departments in the areas of basic research. These are:

  • Management & Innovation
  • Social Systems, Markets and Welfare State
  • Company Law
  • Computation in Informatics and Mathematics
  • Nano-, Bio- and Polymer Systems: From Structure to Function
  • Mechatronics and Information Processing

Focus areas of the WTZ projects are:

  • Chemistry und Plastics Engineering
    • Nano-, Bio- and Polymer-Systems: From Structure to Function
    • Polymer Science and Engineering – Polymer Processing – Stabilizer Research
    • Analytical Chemistry – NMR Research – Organocatalysis
    • Technology – Materials Sciences – Electrochemistry – Organic Solar Cells
    • Photochemistry – Artificial Photosynthesis – CO2 Reduction

Focus Areas in Physics

  • Experimental und Applied Physics (Laser Physics, Surface und Nanoanalysis, Materials Sciences, Stretchable Electronics, Ultra-thin Electronics)
  • Semiconductor Physics /Solid-State Physics (Quantum Dots, Nanostructures, Epitaxy, Nanophotonics, Magnetism, Nitride)
  • Theoretical Physics (Many-Particle Physics, Theoretical Biophysics (Photosynthesis, Functional Biomolecules))
  • Biophysics (Atomic Force Microscopy, Ion Channels, Membrane Transport, Single Molecular Genetics, Surface Chemistry)

Additionally, there is a large number of research partnerships and centres.

The new LINZ INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (LIT) supports international research groups at the JKU.

Research infrastructure: a list of all research devices and equipment at the JKU

Research expertise in the area of Life Sciences: a list of the research ares at the JKU

University of Art and Design Linz
The Linz University of Arts is characterized by…

  • Intermediality: innovation potentials inherent in digital and interactive media in connection with the entire range of media communication and design channels and their theoretical reflection
  • Space strategies: courses in architecture, architecture and urban and regional planning, industrial design/scionic or space & design strategies and development of cross-sectional skills and competencies
  • Artistic-scientific research: combination of practical creative work and scientific research to create ideal conditions for researching methodology, knowledge transfer and education at the interface of science and art.
MCI - The Entrepreneurial School

Mit ihrer Positionierung als Unternehmerische Hochschule® folgt die Forschung und Entwicklung des MCI entsprechend ihrem Mission Statement nachstehenden Prinzipien:


  • wirtschafts- und praxisnah
  • anwendungsbezogen
  • lösungsorientiert

Forschung am MCI dient als Inspiration für unsere Lehrenden, die den aktuellen Wissensstand und Know-how an unsere Studierenden weitergeben. Zugleich dient Forschung als Grundlage für den gesellschaftlichen Auftrag des MCI. Mit ihrer Expertise tragen die MCI-Lehrenden und Forschenden zur technologischen, wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Entwicklung bei. Forschung am MCI unterstützt regionale, nationale und internationale Partner in ihren Innovationsaktivitäten, um deren Effizienz und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit zu steigern. Die Forschungsschwerpunkte am MCI orientieren sich an aktuellen gesellschaftlichen, technologischen und wirtschaftlichen Herausforderungen und bauen auf den Kernkompetenzen des MCI. Interdisziplinarität nimmt dabei einen hohen Stellenwert ein und ebnet den Weg für ganzheitliche, sowie forschungsrelevante Lösungsansätze.

MCI Forschungsschwerpunkte

Wirtschaft & Gesellschaft Technologie & Life Sciences

•        Digital Transformation


•        Ethics, Law & Information Society

•        Family Business Management

•        Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Marketing

•        Social & Health Innovation

•        Tourism

•        Electronics


•        Fluids & Mechanics

•        Food Science & Biotechnology

•        Smart Production & Organization

•        Energy & Process Technologies

University of Applied Sciences Kufstein

Die Forschung an der Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol steht im Zeichen des digitalen Wandels als wichtigem Element der gesellschaftlichen, kulturellen, wirtschaftlichen und technologischen Entwicklung. Der Forschungsschwerpunkt „Mensch & Digitalisierung“ bündelt die Forschungsaktivitäten in den Ausprägungen Technik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. Innerhalb des Forschungsschwerpunktes wird Forschung und Entwicklung in den folgenden Bereichen betrieben:


  • Service Design und Customer Experience
  • Smart Products, Web-Based & Mobile Systems und Real Estate
  • Strategic Management, Sport und Event Studies

Weitere Schwerpunkte finden sich in den Forschungsinstituten der Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol:

University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Unsere Forschung und Entwicklung zielt auf die Herausforderungen der Zukunft. Wir gestalten diese aktiv mit. Durch regionale und globale Vernetzung mit Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft, öffentlichen Institutionen, Forschungs- und Bildungseinrichtungen schaffen wir Ausbildung, Innovation und Wissen, Mehrwert und Nachhaltigkeit.


Wir erheben Anspruch auf Themenführerschaft in ausgewählten Kompetenzfeldern:

  • FH OÖ Campus Hagenberg: Software/Systems/Media
  • FH OÖ Campus Linz: Social Services/Health Technologies
  • FH OÖ Campus Steyr: Wirtschaft und Management
  • FH OÖ Campus Wels: Engineering/Environment

Als kompetenter Partner mit 17 großen Forschungsschwerpunkten entwickeln wir Lösungen und fördern wir den Wissenstransfer auch durch unsere Exzellenzzentren:

University of Applied Sciences Salzburg