Facts and figures on the Christian Doppler 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


From 2017 to 2018, the amount of CD Laboratories and JR Centres increased as well as the financial support. In 2018 158 companies were involved in 85 CD Laboratories and 12 JR Centres. In comparison, in 2017 148 companies were involved in 76 CD Laboratories and 11 JR Centres. In total, 31,5 Mio. Euro were used in 2018, compared to 26,2 Mio. Euro in 2017.



Structure of the commercial partners by company size and origin 2018


About 26% of companies are SME, about 30% are located abroad.



Current statistical data on the CD Laboratories

A total of 85 CD Laboratories with about 962 employees are active in 2018.

universities and non-university research institutions

84 CD Laboratories are based at 16 Austrian universities and non-university research institutions. Moreover there are 2 international CD Laboratories.




CD Laboratories by universities/research institutions 2018

[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 5 commercial partners.




Comercial partners and staff




Eight thematic clusters

Eight different thematic clusters can be assigned to the CD Laboratories, which employ about 741 scientific staff in 2018.




Next generation of scientists in the CD Laboratories by thematic clusters 2018




[Translate to English:] Wissenschaftlicher Output der CD-Labors 2018

The scientific output of the CD Laboratory manifests itself in scientific publications, presentations and patents: In 2018, this includes 516 publications (of which 418 publications in scientific periodicals with peer review), 1.150 presentations at conferences (of which 186 publications with peer review and 234 invited presentations) and 15 granted patents.

Current statistical data on JR Centres

In 2017 a total of 11 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.


About 130 employees work in these 11 JR Centres in 2017; cooperationg with up to five ommercial partners.


Most of the active JR Centres (6) are dedicated to the thematic cluster “Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Electronics”, two of them to the cluster “Materials” and one of them to the clusters “Medicine”, “Mechanical Engineering and Instrumentation” and “Life Sciences and Environment”.

 The scientific output of the JR Centers includes in 2017: 19 publications in scientific periodicals with peer review and 99 participations in conferences, 14 of them with invited presentation.


JR Centres have a budget of between EUR 80.000 and EUR 400.000 per year, in 2017 the average budget amounts to EUR 250.000. Financing takes place through the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs 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.