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Informations about the call

Submissions are made through:

aws Fördermanager

Einreichunterlagen und Kriterienkatalog


The current call for proposals is open from March 15, 2023, to September 15, 2023.

Why should one connect to a STEM region, apply for the call, and strive for the STEM Regions Quality Label?

The benefits are:

Increased visibility for the region

  • Through the STEM Regions Portal
  • Through the Quality Label
  • Through the award presented during an event
  • Through various communication channels (social media, video, brochures, etc.)

Establishment of the region as an innovation hub

STEM Regions Quality Label

  • Certifies STEM quality in the region
  • Enhances the region's image

Increased attractiveness for the region across the entire education continuum

  • • As a STEM hub for businesses, universities, and research institutions
  • • As a STEM education region for students
  • • As a STEM workforce hub

STEM Regions Network

  • Exchange of experiences among STEM regions
  • Knowledge transfer among STEM regions (Train-the-Trainer)
  • Cross-regional network
  • Interdisciplinary network

In order to be publicly recognized as a STEM region with a quality label and to become visible on this national STEM regions portal, specific quality criteria must be met. These criteria have been defined by a broadly composed STEM Regions Steering Committee. These criteria encompass geographical coverage, a network of diverse STEM stakeholders, the organization of the STEM region, the STEM region's mission, existing STEM activities, STEM development perspectives and future projects, STEM gender focus, as well as visibility and communication.

A panel evaluates the written submissions based on these criteria, which will be compiled by applicant consortia as part of the annual nationwide 'STEM Regions Austria' calls starting from 2023. The first nationwide call for STEM regions will commence on March 15, 2023, at 12:00 PM.

Submissions are made through the aws Funding Manager.

The submission documents and the criteria catalogue can be found here.

The FAQs can be found here.