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Austria celebrates Mission Innovation’s 5-year anniversary


Mission Innovation Week Austria, 2019: greetings from Austria to MI-4 in Vancouver (photo: © Christian Spanik)

Austria joined MI in 2018 because we believe this public-public-private partnership will stimulate technology markets of new dimensions and with high dynamic. The Austrian government is, together with the Austrian industry, actively contributing to the goals of Mission Innovation.

Since joining MI in 2018, activities of the energy research and innovation communities in Austria were bundled, and collaborations were intensified. The highlight of the MI Austria activities is the annual Mission Innovation Austria week, the platform for all drivers and shapers of innovation in the energy system of the future. In the first edition in May 2019, 400 participants from 16 countries met in Stegersbach and Oberwart, (south of Vienna) to discuss current developments with stakeholders from industry, policy and research in a series of parallel events. The Mission Innovation Week 2020 was held completely online and focused on Energy Communities. Best practices from research, innovation showcases and market trends were presented in six live sessions between April and July. The Austrian highlights in Mission Innovation are presented in two brochures: Energy Innovations made in Austria – the green deal for a climate neutral future 2020 and Austria’s Way into the Future of Energy (2019).

Under MI, in partnership with Sweden, we initiated the “MICall19 on storage solutions,” a series built upon the existing funding mechanisms of the Joint Programming Platform ERA-NET Smart Energy Systems and JPI Urban Europe. The first multilateral MI call for projects was launched with a total budget of €22.5 million. 16 countries participated and are involved in 58 projects. 13 projects received a share of €14.2 million (Austrian funding: €2.7 million for 4 projects).

The Joint Call 2020 on digital transformation for green energy transition (“MICall20”) will open in the 4th quarter 2020. The aim is to support transnational research and innovation activities unleashing the potential of digital transformation for a sustainable energy society. The total available budget exceeds € 27 million (including funding from the European Commission).

Austria is a proud member of MI and looks forward to continued collaboration.