Facts and figures on the CD model

The CDG has existed since 1988. At the time, it was established under the name Christian Doppler Gesellschaft as a group instrument of Österreichische Industrieholding AG (ÖIAG). Its goal was the establishment of research units intended to pursue basic research at a high level. The selected themes were to be of medium to long-term benefit for the companies of the group. Financing was provided by the group management.


The restructuring of ÖIAG from an industrial group to an investment and privatisation agency in 1993 also brought about a reform of the CDG. It was to be open to all Austrian companies and to process specific issues of business at a high level. In 1995, a new financing basis was created and the association structurally reorganised. The association was simultaneously placed under the responsibility of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs. Since then, the CDG has been a model that supports cooperation between science and business in the area of application-oriented basic research and is financed jointly by companies and the public purse.


Since the founding of the CDG, the number of CD Laboratories and involved commercial partners has grown constantly. In 2012, the CDG acquired an additional area of activity with the management of the JR Centre programme at universities of applied sciences.



Entwicklung der Christian Doppler Forschungsgesellschaft


136 companies from home and abroad are involved in 72 CD Laboratories and 9 JR Centres in 2016. About a quarter of them are small and medium enterprises.



Struktur der Unternehmenspartner nach Unternehmensgröße und Herkunft 2010




Current statistical data on the CD Laboratories

A total of 72 CD Laboratories with about 830 employees are active in 2016.

universities and non-university research institutions

69 CD Laboratories are based at 16 Austrian universities and non-university research institutions. Moreover there are 3 international CD Laboratories.




[Translate to English:] CD-Labors nach Universitäten/Forschungseinrichtungen 2016

[Translate to English:] Budgetgröße CD-Labors


The CD Laboratories have a budget of between EUR 110.000 and EUR 700.000 per year. Financing takes place through the Federal Ministry for Digital, Business and Enterprise, the National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development as public funding sponsors and by the companies as cooperation partners.




[Translate to English:] Aktuelle statistische Daten zur CDG

The collaboration of science and business is achieved in the CD Laboratories. Compact research groups with an average of 5-15 employees cooperate with up to 6 commercial partners.




[Translate to English:] Unternehmenspartner & Personalgröße




Eight thematic clusters

Eight different thematic clusters can be assigned to the CD Laboratories, which employ about 660 scientific staff in 2016.




[Translate to English:] Wissenschaftlicher Nachwuchs in den CD-Labors nach Thematischen Clustern 2016




[Translate to English:] Wissenschaftlicher Output der CD-Labors 2012

The scientific output of the CD Laboratory manifests itself in scientific publications, presentations and patents: In 2016, this includes 479 publications (of which 366 publications in scientific periodicals with peer review), 1.040 presentations at conferences (of which 218 publications with peer review and 192 invited presentations) and 11 granted patents.

Current statistical data on JR Centres

In 2016 a total of 9 Josef Ressel Centres are active in the following universities of applied sciences: Fachhochschule Joanneum Gesellschaft mbH, Fachhochschule Kärnten - gemeinnützige Privatstiftung, Fachhochschule Salzburg GmbH, Fachhochschule St. Pölten GmbH, Fachhochschule Technikum Wien, Fachhochschule Vorarlberg GmbH, FH Oberösterreich Forschungs- und Entwicklungs GmbH, IMC Fachhochschule Krems GmbH.

100 employees work in these 9 JR Centres in 2016.


Most of the active JR Centres are dedicated to the thematic cluster “Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Electronics”, two of them to the cluster “Non-metallic Materials” and one of them to the cluster “Medicine”.


The scientific output of the JR Centers includes in 2016:  16 publications in scientific periodicals with peer review and 95 participations in conferences, 12 of them with invited presentation.


JR Centres have a budget of between EUR 80.000 and EUR 400.000 per year, in 2016 the average budget amounts to EUR 240.000. Financing takes place through the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy as public funding sponsor and by the companies as cooperation partners.



A look at the future

  • The sustained demand by business and science allows the establishment of about 10 to 12 CD Laboratories and about 3 JR Centres per year.
  • The international activities of the CDG are advanced in the interest of Austria as a location for research and business.
  • The number of women amongst the Head of Laboratory and Head of Centre is being further increased in order to fully exploit the scientific potential.











The Christian Doppler Research Association has been active since 1988; each year, its research units contribute to numerous business and scientific success stories.