WTZ West – Knowledge and technology transfer centre West 

A pioneering funding project

Until recently, the Austrian universities have only been poorly connected when it comes to the field of knowledge and technology transfer. To change this situation, a new federal funding programme is now working on improving the cooperation between the individual universities. Bundling the universities into local consortia, the three regional “Wissenstransferzentren” (Knowledge Tranfer Centres) WTZ East, South and West were established.    

Together with the universities of Linz and Innsbruck, the University of Salzburg is one of the WTZ West’s six project partners. The centre is focused on five core areas:

  • Development and exploitation of the arts, humanities and social and cultural sciences
  • Information technology
  • Biomedical science
  • Physical science
  • Support activities & awareness

As the responsible partner for “support activities & awareness”, the University of Salzburg takes care of the overall project coordination and also regularly contributes to some of the other core areas. As the WTZ West’s project partners are spread across three different university locations, it was an important step to establish a common virtual platform, which was developed and implemented by the University of Salzburg. Another of the project’s objectives is to optimize internal administrative procedures and encourage scientific endeavours through targeted incentive schemes. Primarily, these tasks will be carried out by the staff of the Research Service Department.  

Key facts:

  • Funding: max. € 650,000 per Knowledge Transfer Centre and year
  • Duration: August 01, 2014 through July 31, 2015; annual project extension planned until presumably 2019
  • Funding quota: 100%
  • Funding department: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy




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