COMET: Starlight hours of research

Per aspera ad astra, through striving one reaches the stars, says the Latin. Viribus unitis, with united forces, also works better in research. That is why the COMET programme promotes close cooperation between industry and science in targeted centres.

At the heart of COMET is a jointly defined research programme at the highest level. Companies and universities or R&D institutions form synergies that position Styria prominently in the international innovation landscape. Currently, our province is involved in 25 of the 42 Austrian research centres in the programme. COMET comprises three lines of action: COMET centres (K1 and K2), COMET projects and COMET modules. They diverge in terms of goal orientation, internationality, project volume and duration.

COMET Centres (K2)

aim to focus on existing competencies and build new competencies through collaboration with internationally renowned researchers, scientific partners and companies in a joint strategically oriented research programme at the highest level.

Consortium
at least one scientific partner and five corporate partners

Duration
eight years (from the 3rd call), previously ten years

Funding

  • 40 % to max. 55 % of public funding
  • at least 5 % by scientific partners
  • at least 40 % by corporate partners
  • Maximum federal funding: 4 million euros per year (from the 3rd call), previously 5 million euros per year

COMET Centres (K1)

research at a high international level and provide new research impulses. The continuous international comparison must be ensured. Concerning future-relevant markets, they contribute to the initiation of new product, process and service innovations.

Consortium
at least one scientific partner and five corporate partners

Duration
eight years (four plus four)

Funding

  • 40 % to max. 55 % of public funding
  • at least 5 % by scientific partners
  • at least 40 % by corporate partners
  • maximum federal funding: 1.7 million euros/year
  • maximum state funding: 0.85 million euros/year

6st Call COMET Centres

COMET projects

contribute to the initiation of new product, process and service innovations. COMET projects enable new consortia and topics to access the COMET programme. The aim of COMET projects (formerly K-projects) is to carry out high-quality research in cooperation between science and industry with a medium-term perspective and clearly defined topics with future development potential.

Consortium
at least one scientific partner and at least three business partners

Duration
three to four years

Funding

  • max. 45 % of public funding
  • at least 5 % by scientific partners
  • at least 45 % by corporate partners
  • maximum federal funding: 0.675 million euros/year

COMET modules

are characterised by particularly high-risk research that goes well beyond the current state of the art and builds up new regional areas of strength. The goal of the COMET Module programme line is to establish forward-looking research topics and build up new fields of strength to equip Austria as a research location for future challenges.

Consortium
at least one scientific partner and three corporate partners

Duration
four years

Funding

  • 80 % of public funding
  • at least 5 % by scientific partners
  • at least 15 % by corporate partners
  • maximum federal funding: 0.5 million euros/year

COMET – the target groups

The programme is aimed at existing competence centres and networks as well as new consortia. The target group includes small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large enterprises (JVs), universities, universities of applied sciences, competence centres and research institutions.