Facts and figures

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.

Development of the Christian Doppler Research Association



Structure of the commercial partners by company size and origin 2019

About 22% of companies are SME, about 30% are located abroad.



Statistical data on the CD Laboratories 2019

CD Laboratories by universities/research institutions 2019

89 CD Laboratories are based at 17 Austrian universities and non-university research institutions. Moreover there are 2 international CD Laboratories.


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

Budget size of CD Laboratories

CD Laboratories have a budget of between EUR 140.000 and EUR 750.000 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.



Comercial partners and staff

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 10 commercial partners.



Thematic Clusters

Seven different thematic clusters can be assigned to the CD Laboratories, which employ about 810 scientific staff in 2019.

Output of the CD Laboratories 2019

The scientific output of the CD Laboratory manifests itself in scientific publications, presentations and patents: In 2019, this includes 512 publications (of which 400 publications in scientific periodicals with peer review), 1.196 presentations at conferences (of which 229 publications with peer review and 256 invited presentations) and 12 granted patents.







Statistical data on the JR Centres 2019

Im Jahr 2019 sind 15 JR-Zentren an 7 österreichischen Fachhochschulen aktiv.







Budgetgröße und Unternehmenspartner der JR-Zentren

Den JR-Zentren steht ein Budget zwischen EUR 90.000 und EUR 430.000 pro Jahr zur Verfügung. Die Finanzierung erfolgt durch das Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort als öffentlicher Fördergeber sowie durch die Unternehmen als Kooperationspartner. In den JR-Zentren realisiert sich die Zusammenarbeit von Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft. Kompakte Forschungsgruppen mit durchschnittlich 3-10 MitarbeiterInnen kooperieren dabei mit bis zu 5 Unternehmenspartnern. 

Thematische Cluster

Ein Großteil der 2019 aktiven JR-Zentren (acht) gehört zum thematischen Cluster „Mathematik, Informatik, Elektronik“, zwei zum thematischen Cluster „Life Sciences & Umwelt“ und je eines zu den Thematischen Clustern „Chemie“, „Maschinen- und Instrumentenbau“, „Materialien & Werkstoffe“, „Medizin“ und „Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Rechtswissenschaften“.

Wissenschaftlicher Output der JR-Zentren 2019

Zum Output der Josef Ressel Zentren im Jahr 2019 gehören 21 Publikationen mit Peer Review, sowie 112 Konferenzteilnahmen, davon 27 mit eingeladenem Vortrag und 20 Konferenzpublikationen mit Peer-Review.





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.

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