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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. 

PIONEER - InteroPerability and DIgitization Of INtelligencE GathEring Processes

Um eine effektive und effiziente Aufklärung zur Deckung militärischem Informationsbedarf zu erreichen, ist der Einsatz moderner und innovativer…

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EVUB - Acquisition and visualization of underground movement passages to complete the situational picture in Urban Operations

In the course of this project, the aim is to create a comprehensive situational picture of an urban area, in particular, the underground movement…

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NIKE-SwarmNav – Robot-navigation without GNSS-signal, UAS/UGV-swarms, autonomous systems

Generation of an operational picture in complex urban environments using mixed swarms of drones and ground robots.

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NADODE - Drone Navigation with GNSS Interference Monitoring in GNSS Denied Environment

Identification of optimal non-GNSS navigation sensors and/or sensor fusion approaches. Realization of more sensitive interference detection…

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SURUx2 – Semi-automatic robot system for detection of CBRN threats and IEDs

The FORTE project SURUx2 investigates novel methods for (semi)automatic robotics for standoff detection of hazardous agents and explosives in close…

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SIMPAS - Simulation of autonomous vehicle control based on passive localization

In this project, a concept based on passive sensing for environment perception and localization as well as path planning and vehicle control for an…

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