In light of growing geopolitical challenges as well as very high levels of competition a recently launched petition by EuroScience urges to create a step change in budgetary commitment for Research and Innovation. The Austrian scientific community also benefits from a strong and well-equipped European research funding. Recent studies revealed clearly, that the better the national research funding is equipped, the higher the chances for a country is to successfully participate in European research funding. There is still a lot of catching up to do for Austria, especially in the area of basic research, to close the gap to leading nations such as Switzerland or the Netherlands.

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