Features of CD Laboratories and JR Centres

The CDG funds cooperations between science and business. The necessary linking of basic research and application in the companies takes place in Christian Doppler Laboratories and Josef Ressel Centres. These research units are noted for having the following features:


  1. High-level application-oriented (basic) research is carried out in the research units of the CDG.
  2. They are established for a limited time at universities, universities of applied sciences or non-university research units in collaboration with partners from business. They are integrated into the university, university of applied sciences or research institution and therefore do not have their own legal personality.
  3. The maximum duration for CD Laboratories is seven years, and for JR Centres five years.
  4. CD Laboratories and JR Centres are subject to a rigorous scientific quality monitoring. The quality of the scientific work is regularly assessed by international experts. The evaluation results decide whether the research unit and its work are to be continued.
  5. The research topic must contribute to the solution of the commercial partners’ issues. The precise formulation is reached by the Head of Laboratory and Centre together with the commercial partners (bottom-up orientation).
  6. The research units are staffed by compact research groups of 3-15 researchers, who are led by highly qualified scientists.
  7. The Heads of Laboratory and Centre have a central role.
  8. A CD Laboratory offers scientists up to 30% freedom to use the resources for questions in the area of basic research that are independent of the immediate interests of the commercial partners. This enables researchers to continuously develop their level of knowledge.
  9. The research units are funded up to 50% by the public purse, with a higher funding ratio available to SMEs. The public funds come from the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs as well as from the National Foundation for Research and Technology Development. The private funds are supplied by the commercial partners of the research units, which are simultaneously members of the CDG. For CD Laboratories, the annual budget is between EUR 110,000 and EUR 700,000; for JR Centres between EUR 80,000 and EUR 400,000.
  10. CD Laboratories and JR Centres are noted for having a high degree of flexibility and relatively little organisational effort. A clear legal framework exists, research work can commence quickly after approval has been given, changes are possible continuously and the models are also open to international cooperations. 

CD Laboratories and JR Centres enable a successful cooperation between science and business. Their sophisticated research is financed jointly by companies and the public purse.