20 years: the CDG’s development in figures

A successful scheme on the way up

  •  From the start of the CDG there have been 164 Christian Doppler Laboratories and 7 Josef Ressel Centres.
  • Between 1995, when the Christian Doppler scheme was newly conceived as a Public Private Partnership, and 2015 the number of Christian Doppler Laboratories rose from 14 to 73 and there are also 7 Josef Ressel Centres. In 2015 four CD Laboratories are active in Germany and Great Britain.
  • The average annual growth of the CDG is 12%.

Companies as partners

  • While at the start five companies active in research participated in CD Laboratories, at present about 150 companies are intensely involved in basic research within the CDG funding scheme.
  • The approximately 150 companies include those most active in research in Austria, the big players in their areas and in some cases the world leaders. Examples include voestalpine Stahl GmbH, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Plansee SE, Sandoz GmbH, AVL List GmbH, Siemens AG Österreich, OMV AG, Primetals Technologies Ltd., RHI AG, KEBA AG, Boehringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG, A1 Telekom Austria AG, Otto Bock Healthcare Products GmbH and Vogelbusch GmbH.
  • The scheme appeals to large industries and to SMEs within Austria and abroad. Around 23% of the commercial partners are SMEs and about 28% have their headquarters abroad. Despite their sometimes precarious financial position, start-up companies can also be involved.

The Budget

  • The Christian Doppler Laboratories have an annual budget of between 110.000 und 700.000 euro. The budget for Josef Ressel Centres lies between 80.000 and 400.000 euro per year. Financing is provided as a Public Private Partnership between the public purse and companies.
  • Until 2015 the Christian Doppler Laboratories and the Josef Ressel Centres received a total of about 300 million euro. Of this amount, about 100 million euro came from the Ministry of Finance, 50 million euro from the National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development and 150 million euro from participating companies.
  •  The work of the Christian Doppler Laboratories and Josef Ressel Centres has enabled additional support to be obtained from other funding agencies (Austrian Science Fund FWF, Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG, Anniversary Fund of the Austrian National Bank etc.), which would not have been granted without the work carried out within the framework of the Christian Doppler scheme. The total funding has been increased by 54% in this way, amounting to a further 160 million euro.

Participating universities/research institutions

Priority research areas

  • The topics of the Christian Doppler Laboratories and Josef Ressel Centres are the result of the problems faced by the companies.
  • In the early days the focus lay mainly on work with metals and other materials. The areas of mechanical engineering and instrumentation, mathematics, computer science, electronics and chemistry followed later. CD Laboratories and Josef Ressel Centres are still undertaking research relevant to all these fields. From 2005 the areas of medicine and the life sciences have expanded substantially and in 2015 the latest priority research area is the field of economics, social and legal sciences..

The importance of young scientists

  • About 2.800 young scientists have been involved in the Christian Doppler Laboratories and Josef Ressel Centres until 2015.
  • By 2015, the Christian Doppler Research Association had enabled about 1.230 diploma theses, 930 doctoral theses and 60 professorial qualifications.
  •  Researchers have received about 600 scientific awards.
  •  Approximately a third of the young scientists remained in the higher education sector following the research project. About 60 scientists were recruited to professorial positions at other universities.
  • The Christian Doppler scheme also opens careers in industry to young people. About 510 researchers have switched to positions in industry.

Successes: research in the interest of all participants

  •  Until 2015, the results of the research have been released in about 5.900 scientific publications. In addition there have been about 10.000 contributions to scientific conferences.
  • The research has also led to approximately 420 patents.
  •  According to information from the companies, the results of the research within the CDG’s funding scheme have led to increased sales, in some cases by significant amounts.