Everyone’s heard of it and some have experienced it in pilot projects – lump sum funding. Does that mean no more cost reporting?  A researcher’s dream come…or is the nightmare just beginning?What should be the potential advantages?

  • Huge simplification
    • No actual costs
    • No eligibility rules
    • No financial audits
  • Despite all simplification, funding based on reimbursement of incurred costs stays complex and error-prone
  • Focus on performance = shift from focus on financial management and checking costs to focus on scientific-technical content of the projects.


Join Stephen Webb (RTDS Group) as he chairs the session “Lump sum funding: some shade of grey?” with Martin Baumgartner (Head of Unit and Austrian NCP for Legal and Financial aspects), Gonzalo Arevalo (Deputy Director for International Research Programmes and International relations, Spanish NCP for Legal and Financial Issues) and María Alfayate (Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission, where she is responsible for the Simplification file, the Lump Sum pilots and the Implementation Strategy for Horizon Europe).


Lump sum funding in Horizon projects

EARMA Conference, Sala Italia, Friday 29th March, 16:00 – 17:00




We all know the infamous TRL (Technology Readiness Level) classification coined by NASA in the 8o’s and widely applied in EU research and innovation projects. However, even as a standard, the quantification scale for technology maturity is still subjective, depending on context i.e. which industry/sector and grey areas exist between the single digit assessment levels, especially as at the mid – range of the scale.

TRL has come to be expanded into other technology-related assessment levels such as manufacturing and systems integration. However, there are many non-technological i.e. human factors which need to be considered before it can be said that an innovation can create impact. Hear about and discuss Market and Commercial Readiness Levels schemes developed, as well as for Society Readiness Level (SRL) considering citizen “readiness” for research and innovation activities or outcomes.

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(source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/guidance-on-technology-readiness-levels)


Join Stephen Webb (RTDS Group), Ingeborg Meijer (Leiden University, partner in the H2020 NewHorrizon project) and Bruno Woeran (Merinova) for an interactive panel session to discuss and debate the relevance, usefulness and future of readiness level assessments and their connection to impact.

From Tech to Societal: Readiness level assessments, impact and indicators – help your researchers make the connection!

EARMA Conference, Sala Italia, Thursday 28th March, 16:15 – 17:15



RTDS is  happy to announce our co-sponsorship at the WIKAM art event at the Palais Niederösterreich in Vienna this year.


((c) Ina Loitzl & Tanja Prusnik)


Our contact, artist Ina Loitzl, and her colleague Tanja Prusnik celebrate the occasion of a 10 year anniversary of their joint venture with “Die Moewe Kinderschutzzentrum Wien”, an association raising awareness for prevention from child and youth abuse, with their project “den Blick öffnen. No doubt an hugely important cause!

Whether through community-driven ecosystems or governmental incentives, we have never seen innovation support in Europe to be this energetic. From Austrian national strategies, regional clusters, local initiatives or EU innovation funding, there are dozens of innovation ecosystems around the country helping the boldest and the brightest to scale up their ideas.

RTDS participated at the FFG FORUM 2018, held on 13.09.2018 under the motto “Best of Austria meets Europe” for the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Austrian business-research funding and the 10th anniversary of the Austrian national research agency (FFG)- the national Contact point for Horizon 2020.

Intellectual property might accumulate value for business and further research and innovation activities. Research and innovation projects usually require valuable background resources for its implementation. In the knowledge-based economy, Intellectual property is becoming one of the most valuable resources for research and innovation activities.

Open access and open data are often heard buzz words in Horizon 2020 research and innovation proposals and projects. But what are you really obliged to do to fulfill the funding requirements? And, why is it also good for you?

“Bio-economy research and innovation in Lower Austria – €10 million in newly funded industry driven research projects” event