Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW)

The BMWFW-Portfolio

The Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) creates the best possible framework for enterprises and represents at international levels the interests of Austria as a business location. One of the main objectives is to accelerate structural change by actively supporting research, technology and innovation. Below a breakdown of responsibilities by Centres and Directorates General:

  • Science and Higher Education
  • Research
  • Economic Policy, Innovation & Technology
  • External Trade Policy & European Integration
  • Enterprise
  • Tourism & Historic Buildings
  • Energy & Mining.
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For a small country like Austria, knowledge capital is all the more important. For years, Austrian research has been gaining momentum through the country’s involvement in many research projects and, above all, its close cooperation with the other EU Member States.

At the same time, Austria participates in the establishment of a European research area, which is to provide an appropriate framework for the European continent to address the challenges of the coming decades, arising in the most varied fields, in a sustainable and future-oriented manner.

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Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy
Thorsten D. Barth
1014 Vienna, Teinfaltstraße 8