COIN is a joint initiative launched by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) since 2015.
COIN contributes towards fostering Austria's innovation performance by the better and broader transposition of knowledge into innovation within two programme lines.
- The focus of the COIN "Aufbau" (capacity building) funding line is on building Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) competence and infrastructure at universities of applied sciences and research institutes. COIN "Aufbau" aims at strengthening providers of applied research, who are core partners for enterprises in terms of RDI, and increasing the cooperation between applied sciences and companies, especially SMEs.
- The COIN "Network" funding line (COIN-Net) encourages technology transfer within entrepreneurial cooperation schemes, thus raising the level of innovation within businesses and strengthening their cooperation capacities. It focuses on output-oriented cooperation projects to develop and improve innovative products, processes and services (Service Innovations Initiative-BMDW).
COIN is not restricted to any research area or technology field.
COIN also contains transnational cooperation opportunities (COIN-Net, ERA-NET IraSME-International Research Activities in SME).