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    Defense Research Programme FORTE


The Defense Research Programme FORTE is the first of its kind in Austria. It closes the thematic gap in national research funding programs in the area of security policy and complements the existing Security Research Programme KIRAS, which explicitly excludes genuine arms and defense research. FORTE effectively contributes to the protection of citizens and state and therefore promotes the compliance of an indispensable constitutional duty.


There is a close coordination concerning the content of the (funding-)activities between Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) and BMLV. Hence, the BMLV decides on the thematic funding priorities.

Safety Pin

Together, the Defense Research Programme FORTE and the civil Security Research Programme KIRAS form the „Safety Pin“, which concentrates all Austrian security policy research funding for efficiency-maximization and costs-minimization.

Funded Projects

The programme responsibility for the Austrian Defense Research Funding Programme FORTE lies with the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF). The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) under the authority of the BMF carries out the programme management, particularly on the project level. 

DekoSchirm - Graphene/TiO2 coatings for concurrent photocatalytic self-decontamination and electromagnetic shielding

Development of a novel graphene-based coating, which concurrently enables photocatalytic self-decontamination against chemical warfare agents and…

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C-SALS - Semi-autonomous chemical aerial reconnaissance system

A powerful UAV equipped with multimodal sensors is intended to support the emergency services in the exploration phase after an accident or terrorist…

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Vector-borne diseases in operational areas of the Austrian Armed Forces: Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH)

The aim of the FFG FORTE project is an extensive assessment of the prevalent mosquito, sandfly and tick fauna and their medical relevance as vectors…

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ConvoyFence - Active vibration isolation platform for mobile counter-UAV systems for convoys

This project aims at the development and integration of a vibration isolation platform with the main target application of optical drone…

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A new generation of field-proven robots is advanced to operate instruments and tools relevant to the reconnaissance phase of CBRN operations as part…

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”The software tool 'Signal Detection System' (SiDeS) is to detect, classify and identify the parts of the received radio spectrum in a wide frequency…

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