Canadian Connected / Automated Vehicle Mission to Austria

Request for Expression of Interest (REI)

The National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and Global Affairs Canada (GAC)  will be pleased to receive your expression of interest to participate in the Canadian Connected / Automated Vehicle Mission to Austria, which will take place from April 24th to 27th, 2017, in Vienna, Austria.

Mission objective

To establish industrial R&D collaboration and co-development opportunities in the driverless transportation sector between Canadian and Austrian companies leading to future commercial benefits for Canada and Austria. Collaborative projects will be able to access the EUREKA Network process, a proven international public funding platform of which both Canada and Austria are members.

Canadian delegate profile

To participate in the Canadian Connected/ Automated Vehicle Mission to Austria Canadian companies should be:

  • a company conducting R&D activities, developing technologies in the connected/ automated vehicle and driverless transportation sectors with potential for international commercialization
  • have a suitable project idea/concept or capacity and interest to co-develop Connected/ Automated Vehicle applications with Austrian partners
  • committed to aggressive growth and global market expansion
  • have sufficient working capital to undertake a up to 2-year R&D collaboration and commercialize the results
  • already have commercialized products in domestic or other markets
  • have an existing relationship with foreign partner or capacity to develop and maintain it
  • a company in market expansion stage and needs R&D to bring product to next level and new markets

Mission description

Austria is one of the centres of the international automotive industry, where both the supplier industry as well as the actual vehicle production, play an important role. The narrower “automotive branch” in Austria encompasses 700 companies and roughly 200,000 employees, with a total turnover of 43 billion euros, which makes it one of the most significant industry sectors. If pre- and postproduction are also considered, then a total of approximately 370,000 employees generate a turnover of 100 billion euros. This industry sector is thus responsible for 1 in 9 jobs in Austria.

The export rate of vehicles, motors and components produced in Austria each year totals over 99 %; the sector is thus the country’s second largest export factor following the engineering sector.

Nearly 250,000 vehicles as well as 2.4 million motors and transmissions are manufactured annually.

R&D expenditure in the automotive industry totals roughly 480 million euros. 80% of this amount is invested by foreign-owned companies. R&D employment in the automotive industry accounts for about 14% of the workforce, more than double the average of other industry sectors.

An ambitious research, development and innovation roadmap to transition Austria’s automotive sector towards automated vehicles was published in February 2016. Currently, two test tracks are being developed: one in Upper Austria with a focus on logistics and one in the province of Styria.

The Canadian Connected/ Automated Vehicle Mission will occur on the margins of the 4th International B2B Software Days 2017, an event focussed on digital business and finding international cooperation partners for research, technology and business projects with around 500 participants, two thirds of which are expected to originate from outside of Austria. With the help of delivered project ideas and expertise offered for R&D collaboration before the event it will be possible for each Canadian participant to initiate a collaborative project or to join a project with the partners form EUREKA/Eurostars network. The project/expertise-matchmaking with Austrian partners and other participants will be pre-arranged by organizers of the event as well as by Global Affairs Canada.

In collaboration with FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency), a private networking dinner will be offered to meet with the major local players (like AVL List, Magna Steyr, CROSS Industires, Voestalpine, Virtual Vehicle Institute, Austrian Institute of Technology etc.) to start to build networks. The mission’s activities aim to promote R&D and innovation partnerships, facilitate market access and promote opportunities for collaboration between Canadian and Austrian companies.

Below is a preliminary, draft agenda of the mission:

  • DAY 1 – APRIL 24

    Afternoon: Mission briefing session

    • Agenda review, Austrian market overview, Eureka program review
    • VIP Dinner
  • DAY 2 – APRIL 25

    4th International B2B Software Days 2017

    • Morning: Keynotes
    • Afternoon: Bilateral meetings
  • DAY 3 – APRIL 26

    4th International B2B Software Days 2017

    • Morning: EUREKA
      Project ideas pitch session
    • Afternoon: project preparation
      Project application writing workshop
  • DAY 4 – APRIL 27

    Full day excursion to Upper Austria

    • Meeting with “Initiative Connected Mobility”
    • Site visits, including to Rosenbauer – world leader in fire trucks

The Mission will comprise briefings, networking events with the local connected/ automated vehicle community, visits to key Connected/ Automated Vehicle/ Innovation centres, and partnership development one-on-one meeting sessions with Austrian counterparts.

This Mission will provide Canadian companies with a unique opportunity to establish relationships with key Austrian business counterparts, which is required for doing business in Austria and will enable further collaboration, co-development and business in the near future.

One of the main goals of the Mission is to generate successful EUREKA projects with Canadian and Austrian participants. For this purpose, the organizer of Software Days will collect project ideas from Austria and Canada until March 15 and distribute the received proposals among the registered participants at the event. Project preparation should start on site.

How to apply for participation

If you are interested in participating in this Canadian mission, we kindly request that you request an application form, by emailing  Mr. Andrew Bauder at as soon as possible.

The deadline to submit the completed application form and project ideas to Mr. Andrew Bauder at Andrew.Bauder@nrc-cnrc.gc.cais March 15, 2017.

For further information about the activities in Austria, please contact your Automotive Trade Commissioner in Vienna, Ms. Susanne Knobloch, by e-mail or by phone +43 1 531 38 3354.

How to apply for financial support for travel to the mission

If you are interested in applying for financial support to travel to the mission, we recommend that you apply to the Going Global Innovation (GGI) program no later than March 17, 2017: Please refer to the “Austria Connected/ Automated Vehicle Mission” in your application to GGI.

GGI may be able to provide funding support toward travel costs related to the mission such as:

  • Airfare
  • Local transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals and Incidentals

For further information on the financial support provided by GGI program, please contact:


EUREKA is an international network for market-driven industrial R&D that includes over 40 economies from the EU, Europe, Israel, South Korea, and now Canada. Through Canada’s associate membership in EUREKA, Canadian innovators have a new advantage in accessing technology, expertise, and markets in Europe and beyond. NRC is the national contact point for EUREKA.  Projects are financed through national public and private funding mechanisms, including NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) for Canadian SMEs.

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