About Us

About US

RTDS Association is Austria’s leading NP-SME participating in European research programmes from FP6 through to Horizon Europe, with a focus on the non-technical aspects of EU R&I project implementation. Since FP6, RTDS has implemented ca. 40 EU R&I projects covering dissemination, exploitation & communication (DEC), data, innovation, and project management. In H2020, RTDS participated in 12 projects, acting as Coordinator in 5 of those, the majority in the circular and bioeconomy. RTDS is clearly focused on the implementation of the EU Green Deal, strengthened by digitisation, to achieve the Twin Transition of the European economy.

We develop projects that make a difference — for organisations, society and the planet. RTDS Group is Austria’s leading consultancy to develop, implement and manage EU funded research and innovation projects. Our goal is to enable creativity by bundling sustainability, technology and societal objectives.

The RTDS mission is to support scientists and innovators to move research and technology from the lab to the market. We complement your specific knowledge with broader socio-economic aspects required for success and eventual uptake of your results.

RTDS does not perform research. We take care of all the non-technical aspects of EU-funded research and innovation projects. The researchers focus on research, and the companies can develop their products and services. We take care of the rest. Everyone does what they are best at.

Company History

  • 1996

    Early days

    RTDS founder Stephen Webb manages his first EU project with a Styrian SME in FP4 on IT tools to quantify industrial environmental performance. Subsequently in FP5, he begins consulting with AVL List, the world’s largest private engine developer, on vehicle emission reduction projects.

  • 2003

    First employees

    RTDS (formally known as RTDS Services) becomes the first Austrian EU project consultancy. Based in Vienna, RTDS mainly serves universities and local companies. Its first project participation in FP6 includes launching the largest food safety standards project with €12.3 million budget.

  • 2007

    First recognition

    RTDS expands with 15 FP7 project participations, three of which are in the role as coordinator.  The Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Research confirms RTDS as the No. 1 Austrian SME in FP7 and third in all Austrian companies behind AVL List and Infineon.

  • 2014

    Growth course 

    RTDS Group is established as two legal entities: RTDS e.U. for project development and consulting and non-profit RTDS Association for project implementation. RTDS is set to grow with extended IPR skills and exploitation as a strength. Project participation in H2020 and BBI increases year to year.

  • 2020

    Success confirmed

    With ten H2020 project participations — with five as coordinator, and eight as Work Package leader for DEC — RTDS is recognised as the top EU consulting company in Austria and is well known throughout Europe. RTDS coordinates the only three Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) projects led in Austria.

    With Horizon Europe in sight, RTDS Group is a truly European consultancy with over 10 nationalities and eight languages spoken fluently. At this point, RTDS has developed and implemented more EU funded projects in Austria than any other SME consultancy. 

  • 2023

    20 year Anniversary

    RTDS is officially 20 years old after beginning as a start up in the INITS incubation centre, at that time in the Rudolf-Sallinger Platz in 1030 Vienna.

    Times have moved on and we have taken additional office space upstairs in the Lerchengasse and the staff number has grown to over 15 to keep up with concurrent implementation of 10+ Horizon collaborative projects.


    Five new Horizon projects were approved in 2023 with another seven H2020 projects still running, four as Coordinator. 2023 also saw two large, coordinated projects (SUSFERT and FNS-Cloud) being concluded and with 01.01.2024 three of the newly approved projects will be kicked off (RecAL, SAGROPIA and BIOBUILD). 2023 was a milestone year in many aspects.

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More than 20 Years
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We work with ambitious leaders who want their future to be successful and help them achieve extraordinary outcomes.


years’ experience


partners from 25 countries


EU projects, 9 as coordinator


funding secured since FP6


training hours in 14 countries

Our mission

Going beyond the societal challenges of Horizon 2020, the mission-oriented research & innovation (R&I) initiatives are coined to be at the core of the next framework programme: Horizon Europe.

Transformative initiatives should address concrete societal or economic problems experienced by all stakeholders including citizens, thus mission-oriented R&I initiatives require legitimacy and endorsement by the various stakeholders.

On the other hand, research initiatives should be oriented towards faster scientific and technological impact.

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Our Team

The multidisciplinary RTDS team in Vienna covers a range of technical & social sciences, engineering, IP law & business administration, marketing & innovation, journalism and public relations, as well as graphics, illustration and website design.

Stephen Webb BW

Dr. Stephen Webb MBA, LLM (IPR)

CEO & Founder​

Stephen has degrees in engineering, business and most recently law, having completed the LL.M programme in Intellectual Property Rights at the University of Turin in 2013. He completed his PhD from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) as a researcher within a FP6 project. Commencing his first project in FP4 more than 20 years ago, Stephen is a recognised expert in EU projects, both in Austria and across Europe. He is a regular conference speaker and a Panel Vice Chair for H2020 evaluations for the European Commission.

Mike Muegge


Mike has a Bachelor degree (Hons) in Business Economics & Organisational Studies from University of Reading, UK. He has 25 years of business development experience bringing numerous consumer brands to regional and international markets, emerging market strategic consulting, private equity and strategic investment advisory. In his role at RTDS, he supports ongoing projects and proposals with both conceptual and practical business and marketing plan development.

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Roxana Weiss-Anton, MSc

Roxana received her Master of Science degree in Petroleum Technology and Crude Oil Chemistry and has 20+ years’ experience in project management and product development in various industries. At RTDS she is managing several research projects and consults in proposal writing, while supporting the team on controlling and strategic planning activities.

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Ana F Povh, uni.dipl.prav, LLM

Ana holds an LL.M. in Technology Law, a legal diploma from UM, and studied EU law at VU Brussel. She has been specialising on H2020/Horizon Europe projects since 2017 and became a Jean Claude Juncker “Future of Europe” laureate in 2022. At RTDS, she was FNS-Cloud project manager before assuming the role of Exploitation and Legal consultant.

Juan Luis Rodrigues BW


Luis holds and LLM from the University of Turin and the WIPO Academy, and is a legal expert leading tasks on IP, innovation and data management. Luis ensures the adequate exploitation of IP and research data including the negotiation of Consortium Agreements and Technology Transfer Agreements (TTA). Since FP7 in, he has been involved in more than 21 projects . He’s also an invited expert to the EC’s Horizon IP Scan project, and conducts trainings on IP and Innovation Management and participates in conferences across Europe and Latin America. 

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Filoklis Pileidis, MSC

Filoklis holds a degree in Chemistry (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) with postgraduate studies in Green Chemistry, Sustainable Industrial Technologies and Materials Sciences (University of York and Queen Mary University of London). He has over 10 years’ experience in the fields of biobased economy and biorefineries. At RTDS, he is responsible for ongoing projects in dissemination, exploitation, communication activities, project management and supports proposal writing.

Marianne Webb

Mag. Marianne Webb

Marianne has a degree in sport sciences and a postgraduate marketing diploma (Vienna University of Economics and Business). She has over 10 years’ experience in health and pharmaceutical management and marketing. At RTDS she is business administrator and graphic designer for logos, newsletters and printed material layout.

David Donnerer, MA bw

David Donnerer, MA

David holds a BA in Journalism and Media Management from the FH Vienna University of Applied Sciences and an MA in International Studies from Aarhus University. He is also a certified PMI project manager and has +5 years of experience in working as freelance journalist for various Austrian and European media outlets. At RTDS, he is responsible for dissemination, exploitation, communication and project management activities.

Dr Daniela Fichtenbauer

Dr. Daniela Fichtenbauer, MBA

Daniela holds a PhD in Biology with a focus on plant genetics from the University of Vienna. Before joining RTDS she worked for the editorial office of the publishing company Wiley. At RTDS Group she is a project and dissemination manager while consulting on bioeconomy proposals.

Ana Babic


Ana holds Master degrees in European Affairs, in English & American Studies from the University of Vienna and is a certified IPMA project manager. Ana worked in international political affairs within the OSCE and a diplomatic mission to the OSCE and the UN. At RTDS she is involved in project management, dissemination and communication.

Simon Young

Simon Young

Simon has degrees in both animation and design, as well as multiple art directorships and over 15 years of experience in the fields of illustration, design, and animation. He is continually developing a wide range of animations for the research projects in order to bring all concepts and results closer to end-users and citizens.

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Tristan holds a degree in Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London and recently completed a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Central European University in Vienna. He has more than a decade’s experience in a diverse range of communications fields, including riverine conservation, communications consulting, journalism, and online marketing. His responsibilities at RTDS cover dissemination, exploitation, and communication activities for EU-funded research projects.

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Ben Leitner, MA

Ben holds a joint EuroMasters degree in Contemporary European Studies: Politics, Policy & Society from the University of Bath, Università di Siena and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. He joined UNIDO in 2009 and worked primarily on sustainable energy projects and communications & outreach. From 2018 onwards Ben also acquired expertise in EU decision processes and in the management of EU funded projects. Ben’s main responsibilities at RTDS are dissemination and communication for EU projects.


Vilma BEQA, MA

Vilma holds a Master of Public Administration and Sectorial Management degree from Central European University, with a diverse international background including studies in Austria (University of Salzburg and CEU), Hungary (ELTE University), and the United States (Levy Economics Institute). Currently specializing in EU Project Management at the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland, Vilma has accumulated valuable experience at institutions in Vienna, Budapest, Vilnius, and Geneva, covering the implementation, project management, and evaluation of EU-funded projects

Nouhaila Bouhout

Nouhaila Bouhout, mA

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Reneema Hazarika, MSc. MSc.

Reneema holds two master’s degrees in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute (India) and Climate Change and Development from IDS, University of Sussex (UK). With over 19 years’ experience in project management, policy research and science communication across South Asia, Europe and the UK,  she’s focused on a range of environmental issues. Most recently she’s led communications for EU-Interreg projects, implementing perception analysis and stakeholder engagement across CEE and the European Alpine Space. At RTDS, she is responsible for dissemination and communication of EU-funded projects.


Vedran Pribilovic, BA

Vedran is a digital marketing and communications specialist with over 14 years’ experience. He’s successfully completed the Google Digital Marketing and E-commerce Certificate program and is currently pursuing the Google UX Design Certificate. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Journalism Studies from the University of Sarajevo, Vedran previously served as the Online Communications Officer at OSCE. In this role, he effectively managed a diverse range of communications channels for the organisation.


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