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Annotations to the Austrian Catalogue of research institutions (CRI)

Data source and legal basis

Data published in the CRI were collected by Statistics Austria in the survey on research and experimental development (R&D survey). The legal basis for the publication of the Catalogue of research institutions as well as the R&D survey itself is the national R&D statistics regulation Verordnung über Statistiken betreffend Forschung und experimentelle Entwicklung, 08 May 2008, (BGBl. II Nr. 150/2008).


The year under review for the current version of the CRI was the year 2021. The next update will be published 2025 with data referring to 2023.


The Austrian fields of science classification 2012 (ÖFOS 2012) is used in the R&D survey for categorizing research facilities in all sectors of performance outside the company R&D sub-sector. In order to describe key scientific activities of the research institutions, keywords can be selected from the ÖFOS 2012 keyword register.

Units of the company R&D sub-sector are categorized by economic activities using the OENACE classification.

Accordingly, research facilities of the higher education sector, the government sector, the private non-profit sector and the institutes sub-sector of the business enterprise sector can be selected in the CRI by choosing keywords from the register mentioned above, whereas units of the company R&D sub-sector can be selected by economic activity.

Institutional Sectors

The CRI lists research institutions in all 4 sectors of performance of the R&D survey. The concepts and guidelines for sectoral classification used in the R&D survey are presented in the Frascati Manual 2015 (OECD (2015), Frascati Manual 2015: Guidelines for Collecting and Reporting Data on Research and Experimental Development, The Measurement of Scientific, Technological and Innovation Activities, OECD Publishing, Paris).

Higher Education sector:

Institutions that provide tertiary education including public universities, universities of the arts, universities of applied sciences, private universities, University for Continuing Education Krems, universities of education and other institutions of the higher education sector.

Government sector:

Central, regional and local institutions (with the exception of those in the higher education sector), chambers, R&D facilities of the units within the social security system, private non-profit institutions that are mainly controlled and/or financed by the government as well as R&D institutions of the Ludwig Boltzmann society; including the Austrian Academy of sciences and the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH.

Private non-profit sector:

Private non-profit institutions with a mainly private, religious or other non-public status or under private law.

Business enterprise sector:

Institutes sub-sector

Non-profit institutions that act as market producers of goods or services or serve businesses, including members of the Austrian Cooperative Research (ACR) as well as competence centres.

Company R&D sub-sector

Profit-oriented corporations engaged in market production of goods or services.