The Austrian COMET programme promotes the development of competence centres. Their cores are their research programmes which combine business and science on a high quality level.
COMET is publicly funded by the federal government and the provinces and managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).
The COMET competence centre programme includes 3 lines: COMET-Centre (K1 and K2), COMET-Project (previously K-Project), COMET-Module.
K1-Centres implement top-level research with a focus on scientific and technological developments and innovations to qualify for the future markets.
The objective of K2-Centres is bundling of existing national expertise in the long-term and cooperation with the world's leading researchers, scientific partners and company partners. This is to achieve long-term strengthening and a significant increase of Austria’s attractiveness as a research location internationally.
COMET projects are similar to EU research projects, whereby the consortium must consist of at least 1 scientific partner and at least 3 corporate partners. The aim of the COMET projects program line is to initiate high-quality research in cooperation between science and industry with a medium-term perspective and clearly defined topics with future development potential.