The University of Innsbruck is one of the leading institutions for research and development both on a national and international academic scale. To further develop their services and products, international, national and regional entrepreneurs make use of the research competence of the University’s scientists.

In the last few years the University of Innsbruck has invested in and committed itself to the transfer of knowledge and offers several centres where companies and scientists are supported and provided with help in all types of issues: projekt.service.büro supports scientists in establishing contacts with sponsors, patrons and project partners and draws up cooperation agreements professionally, which provides legal certainty for the University and the corporate partner. Transidee is a transfer centre, where scientists and entrepreneurs are actively put into contact and the spin-off centre CAST provides an ideal infrastructure to interface scientists and their ideas of applications with industry. In addition, effective management of investments of University spin-offs is enabled by the University Holding, which supports not only researchers but also the University’s governing bodies and other shareholders of these spin-offs. These centres are complemented by six competency centres, which strengthen the transfer of knowledge to the corporate world and industry.

As one of the mandates of the University is to undertake research, these centres and service offices provide companies with a huge pool of researchers. To strengthen and sharpen its profile the University has established six major research areas:

In addition, there are 7 research platforms (interfaculty collaboration) and 36 research centres. At 16 faculties und 78 institutes, over 3.500 PhD students generate new knowledge in their PhD projects. The goal of these and future projects is also to answer questions arising in the fields of industry, politics and society. A precise description of study performances and competences acquired during the study period fosters transparency of academic qualifications. Employability increases, consistent descriptions following standardized international guidelines facilitate access to labour markets abroad. The Diploma Supplement therefore fosters mobility.


To make contact with the University’s scientists, entrepreneurs may turn to the service centre transidee, the knowledge and technology transfer organisation of the University of Innsbruck, with the MCI (Management Center Innsbruck) and Tyrolean Future Foundation (Zukunftsstiftung) holding shares. As service centre for science and industry it focuses on interfacing science and industry, facilitates collaboration in the field of applied research and ensures a successful implementation of joint projects. Mutual benefit is the leading principle of cooperation between science and industry.

With the help of competent partners numerous small and medium sized companies, in particular, are thus able to answer innovative research questions without having to employ their own research department, which guarantees and further improves their good market position.

On the one hand, this allows transferring new technologies, processes and services actively from the University to trade and industry, on the other hand, it increases the practical relevance of research, education and continuing education by asking application related questions.

Technical Testing and Research Laboratory of the University of Innsbruck (TVFA)

Another important service offered to entrepreneurs, in particular for those in the construction industry, is the Technical Testing and Research Laboratory of the University of Innsbruck (TVFA), which became an accredited laboratory in 2008.

Tests and research are performed on non-metals: compression tests, force- and deformation-controlled bend tests, tensile splitting strength test, bond tensile strength and abrasion resistance tests, determination of elastic parameters (E-modulus) and material properties as well as parameters of air bubble entrainment; tests of water permeability, frost resistance, frost-de-icing salt resistance, capillary absorbency and technological wet concrete and premix mortar data.  In addition, mechanical-technological tests and research are carried out on binders, concrete aggregates, concrete and mortar additives, concrete goods, building stones and timber building elements.

In the field of metallic materials and construction materials, tests to determine mechanical parameters of metallic materials (destructive tests) are carried out as well as test to determine fatigue strength of vehicles for aerial passenger lines.

Accredited test norms are shown in the accreditation document. Besides accredited test procedures, tests that are not in the accredited field are carried out, for which the TVFA has the necessary equipment and experience.
For more information go to http://www.uibk.ac.at/tvfa/

Spin-off enterprises

Another result of application-oriented research is the founding of several successful Spin-off enterprises, for instance the international producer of hearing implants MED-EL, Ionicon Analytik, INTALES GmbH and the Life Science company ThioMatrix™.

The University of Innsbruck also shows excellence when it comes to attracting third-party funding – every year the University is able to raise considerable funds of money. Innsbruck University ranks among the top performers nationally with regard to third-party funded projects and endowed professorships. These additional resources enable a consistent development of teaching and research capacities, which, therefore, guarantees a high standard of quality.



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