Industry Collaborations

IST Austria is a basic research institution, and as such, the direction of our research is determined by our scientists. We realize that the path of innovation is not a one way road and offer various opportunities for industry and academic researchers to exchange views and cooperate.

Collaboration between IST Austria and its environment is built on the following pillars:

  • Open information on our research: Companies interested in our research can enquire at the individual research groups or visit regular talks and seminars.
  • Joint Projects: We support joint research work and are flexible to determine suitable structures, ranging from sponsored students or post docs to participating in research consortia to establishing JV companies.
  • People Exchange: If appropriate, corporate researchers can be seconded to an IST Austria research group on a temporary basis. Conversely, we also facilitate internship opportunities for IST Austria students or Post docs with interested companies.
  • TWIST Fellowship Program: IST Austria has introduced a fellowship program to support scientists in commercialization projects. Under certain conditions these fellowship programs can be funded by industry. Please see a list of our current projects.
  • Use of Infrastructure: We invite interested external parties to inquire about opportunities to co-use our research infrastructure.
  • Grants: Together with our Grants department we are happy to support you to identify collaborative grant opportunities involving industrial partners on a one to one basis or in larger consortia.
  • TWIST Talks and Networking Events: We invite corporate researchers and startup founders to give talks at IST Austria and provide insight into their work with the objective to help our researchers develop relationships.


The TWIST Talk series is a platform that invites seasoned experts from industry, to provide insights on the translation of academic inventions into successful companies.

Among the speakers invited are Jane Walerud, Haim Harari, Shuguang Zhang (MIT), Robert Kalb (Proionic), and Curt Carlson (SRI International). See the TWIST Talks page for recordings of the talks. For upcoming talks, please see our event calendar.

TWIST Talk Videos

Please have a look at the TWIST Talks page to find recordings of past talks.