For years, we have received competent support at the Research & Technology House while writing applications and when organising internal and external projects. The Research & Technology House brings together expertise in these different topics and their services take a great deal of work off our shoulders. They enable us to concentrate on the scientific aspects of the project work at our institute.
As an internal service, the Research & Technology House sends F&T News to researchers at TU Graz roughly every 2 weeks, providing them with information on the following topics:
Phone: +43 316 873 6031
The Research & Technology House is your first point of call if you need comprehensive support for third-party funded projects throughout the entire project life cycle:
The Research & Technology House provides support in choosing a suitable funding programme, submitting applications while taking administrative requirements of the funding body into account, project calculation and making offers.
Phone: +43 316 873 6027
Phone: +43 316 873 6927
Phone: +43 316 873 6033
Phone: +43 316 873 6023
Phone: +43 316 873 6028
Phone: +43 316 873 6025
I have had the pleasure of working together with the Research & Technology House for several years. I don’t have to worry about the many EU regulations, they undertake the complex accounting perfectly and you can benefit from their experience with many different projects. The employees there are also very friendly, which makes the work even easier. In the meanwhile, I now have direct contact to the National Contact Point - an office with information from Brussels/Luxemburg - where you can also do a bit of lobbying.
The Research & Technology House offers individual service packages, which might include:
Continuing education on project management using IPMA methods, as used at TU Graz.
The most relevant national funding organisations:
Land Steiermark: Wissenschaft und Forschung (Province of Styria: Science and Research)
FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency):
offers a broad spectrum of funding options with a focus on business cooperation as well as on cooperating with interest groups or other stakeholders
FWF (Austrian Science Fund):
Funding focus is on fundamental research including all topics; mobility programmes; publications
CDG (Christian Doppler Research Association):
Funding of application-oriented fundamental research connecting science and business, particularly through establishing and financing CD laboratories
EU Horizon 2020 is the European framework programme for research, which connects all funding programmes related to research and innovation organised by the European Commission.
With a duration of 7 years (2014 to 2020) and a budget of almost €75 billion, Horizon 2020 is the largest transnational programme for research and innovation in the world.
Horizon 2020 has 3 main aims:
Unified funding quotas:
100% of the actual costs are reimbursed plus 25% overhead for universities.
The European Commission also has further programmes such as EFRE, Creative Europe etc.
Phone: +43 316 873 6027
The Research & Technology House supports and advises post-docs at TU Graz in planning and acquiring research funding for stays abroad.
You can also get an overview of grants and funding programmes for research stays abroad on the page
Phone: +43 316 873 6025
TU Graz includes all information regarding research in a database. Entries are used for all types of internal and external inquiries and form the basis of statistical analyses, many of which are compulsory for all universities (Knowledge Survey, R&D survey, internal evaluations, e.g. research figures). TUGRAZonline provides researchers and units (faculties, institutes, fields of expertise...) with a decentral administrative system with the following database options:
TUGRAZonline is used for the electronic registration of third-party funded projects, the entries of which follow a workflow through all responsible persons and at the service units or institutes. This information can only be accessed by people and service departments with regarding access rights.
Employees can find further information on TU4U, for example, when a project needs to be registered and how it needs to be recorded:
Third-party funded projects:
This is where the area of work and research projects are recorded.
The electronic registration process for third-party funded projects can be used to create automatic entries in “R&D areas and projects”. In addition, projects that do not have to be registered, can still be entered here.
The entries are also used for external representation and appear on various websites.
Theses are also listed in TUGRAZonline on all levels of the organisation. Authors register through their TUGRAZonline business cards.
TU Graz uses the system PURE (Publications + Research) to document scientific publications.
Phone: +43 316 873 6923
Library and Archives
Phone: +43 316 873 6178
The Research & Technology House advises and supports researchers at TU Graz by helping from contract design before project start, along generation of an invention as well as with patenting and licensing or selling an invention.
Interested external parties can find out about technology offers on new developments, inventions and technologies at the Research & Technology House. You can find a list of available technologies on the Wissenstransferzentrum (WTZ) Süd.
These services support commercialisation of research results. The Research & Technology House acts as a one-stop-shop with its close link to the Rectorate, legal department and external persons such as patent offices and patent attorneys.
This diagram shows the whole process from the invention disclosure to the commercialisation.
Medical engineering, physics, software and computer science
Dipl.-Kfm. Dipl.-Phys. Dr.rer.nat.
Phone: +43 316 873 6925
Biochemistry, molecular biology, environmental and food technology, life sciences in general
Phone: +43 316 873 6924
Chemistry, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, architecture, process engineering
Phone: +43 316 873 6928
Acoustics, electrical engineering, electronics, measurement technology
Phone: +43 316 873 6929
Since the University Act was passed in 2002, employee inventions at universities must be reported to the Rectorate. At TU Graz, you need to fill out an invention disclosure form and submit it to the Research & Technology House.
After your invention disclosure has been received, it is evaluated regarding patentability, strategic interests and market potential, either internally or with the help of external partners.
If the university decides to claim the invention, it will be patented, with the university covering all costs incurred. If not, the university restores the invention to the inventors, which can exploit the technology themselves.
For Employees: Form Invention Disclosure
Researchers at TU Graz can find further information on TU4U:
The team at the Research & Technology House does great work. They made it possible to patent an invention and licence it to an electrical engineering company. Applying for our 3 patents was a very positive experience and we are looking forward to the next invention disclosure!
The Research & Technology House recordsand manages all invention disclosures, patents and commercialisation activities, making use of a database. This makes it possible to carry out statistical evaluations of relevant data and ensure efficient management of the patent portfolio at TU Graz.
The Research & Technology House excellently supports the research group “Applied Software Engineering” at the Institute of Software Technology in applying for and carrying out research projects, in finding answers to legal questions related to drafting cooperation agreements, transferral of IPR, etc. I want to say thank you for the friendly support that makes coping with difficult-seeming issues far more pleasant.
At WTZ Süd, 6 universities and 3 universities of applied sciences from Styria and Carinthia combine their competences and their experience in the transfer of knowledge. The WTZ Süd is financed by aws Austria Wirtschaftsservice (investment agency), by means of the National Foundation of Research, Technology and Development (Austrian Funds). Working together creates synergies, increases visibility and access to university knowledge is facilitated. TU Graz coordinates the WTZ Süd project.
Cooperative business development:
WTZ Süd encourages cooperation and exchange between researchers and economy at events such as Science 2 Business Talks.
New options for commercialisation:
WTZ Süd evaluates and breaks new ground in the area of commercialisation of technologies and knowledge, e.g. concerning biological materials or funded projects.
Support of entrepreneurial activities:
University members are supported in the formation of a company and assisting the commercialisation of project content.
The image shows the 6 universities und 3 universities of applied of the Wissenstransferzentrums Süd in Styria and Carinthia (Graz/Leoben/Klagenfurt/Spittal).
The Research & Technology House supports students and employees who wish to set up their own company as a start-up or spin-off (i.e.an IPR contract based start-up), supports proposals for FFG Spin-Off-Fellowships funding programme and provides helpful contacts, such as with
Gründungsgarage or Science Park Graz.