Competence Centres


The Austrian centre of industrial biotechnology
acib is an international competence centre developing environmentally friendly, economically and technically advanced processes for the biotechnological, pharmaceutical and chemical industry – all of them modelled on nature.

Virtual Vehicle – enabling future vehicle technologies
Virtual Vehicle is a leading international R&D centre for the automotive and rail industries. The center focuses on the advanced virtualization of vehicle development. This linking of numerical simulations and hardware testing leads to a comprehensive hardware–software system design.

IC-MPPE – Integrated Computational Materials, Process and Product Engineering
The competence centre is part of the Leoben University of Mining. Research is conducted in the field of materials, process technology and product development.


ASSIC - Austrian Smart Systems Integration Research Center
The research activities of ASSIC are focused on intelligent system integration based on micro- and nanotechnologies. With its research activities, ASSIC provides in-depth system knowledge of components, technologies, materials, assembly and interconnection technologies.

BIOENERGY 2020plus offers research, development, demonstration and other services in the field of biomass to energy to its customers.

CBmed links excellent research infrastructure, scientific and medical expertise with leading industry partners for systematic medical biomarker research.

K1-MET - Competence Center for Excellent Technologies in Advanced Metallurgical and Environmental Process Development
The vision is to develop K1-MET as the leading and internationally renowned metallurgical competence centre.

Know-Center – Research Center for Data-driven Business
Know-Center Graz has become Austria's leading research centre for data-driven business, big-data analysis and cognitive computing. Specific research topics include search technologies, machine learning methods as well as contextualization and personalization of Information.

LEC EvoLET – LEC Evolutionary Large Engines Technology for the Next Generation of Gas and Dual Fuel Engines
The Large Engines Competence Center (LEC) is Austria’s leading research institution in the area of combustion technologies for large engines. Our focus lies on developing environmentally sound, efficient and robust large engines. The main objective to create the foundation for a quantum leap in technology to the next generation of gas and dual fuel engines.

PCCL-K1 – K1-Center in Polymer Engineering and Science
The Polymer Competence Center Leoben (PCCL) has led collaborative research in polymer technology and polymer science in Austria for more than a decade. Hundred and more experts carry out R&D in diverse polymer applications, including automotive, aerospace, packaging and solar energy.

Pro2Future – Products and Production Systems of the Future
Our mission are products and production systems of the future. Digitalisation – and its effect of merging the digital and the physical world with one another – provides challenges for society and economy. Pro²Future is assigned to pursue a radically new holistic innovation approach, envisaging the entanglement of products, both in use and design, and their production systems.

RCPE – Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering
RCPE performs cutting-edge research in the field of process and product optimisation. The main focus lies on the development of new drug delivery systems and the associated production processes and their monitoring. Application-oriented research and development projects are carried out in collaboration with industrial and scientific partners.

VRVis K1 – VRVis Center for Visual Computing
We are Austria's leading research institution in the field of visual computing, depicting data, connections and problems in the best possible visual as well as interactive form.


CC FLOW – Center for Continuous Flow Synthesis & Processing
For the past decade the focus of research in the Kappe laboratories has been directed towards flow chemistry / micro reaction technology, encompassing a wide variety of synthetic transformations and experimental techniques.

DeSSnet – Dependable, Secure and Time-Aware Sensor Networks
Using advanced wireless sensor networks, DeSSnet collects, analyzes, and manages complex processes. The central objective is to make the introduction and operation of sensor networks as reliable and cost-efficient as possible in the future.

ECO-PowerDrive-2 – Emission and Fuel Consumption Reduction for Two-Wheeler and Small Engine Applications
ECO-PowerDrive-2 aims to reduce regulated gaseous emissions and fuel consumption for small automotive and two-wheeler-applications as well as hand-held and garden equipment.

Flippr² – Future Lignin and Pulp Processing Research PROCESS INTEGRATION
The main issue of Flippr² is the development of future business areas based on lignin and modern fiber utilization for the involved companies.

JOIN – Network of Excellence for Metal JOINing
The project aims understand and improve the joining processes and the associated materials.

PolyTherm – Polymer Composites for Thermally Demanding Applications
From circuit boards in mobile phones to high-volt generators and transformers – polymers play a key role in the (micro)electronic industry. The centre aims to optimise the use of polymers in order to increase both the performance and efficiency of the relevant device.

ReWaste4.0 – Recycling and Recovery of Waste 4.0
Refuse Derived Fuels (RDF) are secondary energy resources locally available and can substitute fossil feedstock in e. g. industrial co-incineration plants (such as cement industry). In developed countries, the energy recovery of RDF has become an essential part of resource management.

SafeBattery – Safe Lithium-Based Traction Batteries
SafeBattery investigates how EV batteries behave in detail during crash loads and what influence the previous life of the battery has on its safety.

WoodC.A.R. – Wood Computer Aided Research
WoodC.A.R. will establish the knowledge and the requisites for integrating wood in virtual engineering and the industrial design process (e.g. vehicle design) in general.

ZPTplus – K-Project for non-destructive testing and tomography puls
The centre works on further developing the central non-destructive testing methods – industrial computed tomography (CT) and laser ultrasound (LUS) – for the inspection and characterisation of compounds and hybrid-components.