Starting point for innovation


Looking at the 2017 Annual Report, CTR Carinthian Tech Research AG has a very positive assessment: for the first time, the research volume increased to more than 8 million euros, the purchase of the latest research equipment and the increase in scientific publications are strengthening CTR's technological competence.

Sensors and Systems Integration

CTR specializes in smart sensors and systems integration of micro and nanotechnologies. ©BABEG/CTR


In 2017, the R & D operating performance of Carinthia's non-university research center CTR increased to around 8 million euros. The increase was achieved through strategic research projects running in COMET's "Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies" program. The market success of around EUR 7.1 million (over 89%) is made up of proceeds from subsidized projects (regional, national and international funding projects) as well as non-subsidized contract research. The difference is financed by shareholder contributions from the province of Carinthia and the city of Villach.


With the research focus "Smart Sensors & Systems Integration" CTR was and is positioned in a fast-growing market. In 2017, in addition to long-term research partners such as AVL GmbH, OSRAM AG, Infineon AG and EPCOS AG, other global players such as ams AG and QUALCOMM were added. On the scientific side, it is closely linked to the Technical Universities of Vienna, Graz, Linz and the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt or the EPFL École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.


In total, research was conducted in 2017 on around 64 projects. At European level, it is involved in 4 projects (eg ECSEL, INTERREG) with over 30 international partners. The average project volume in 2017 was around EUR 111 thousand, with 17% being handled with SME participation.

Examples include projects such as the Austrian flagship project "Infinity", which is dedicated to develop a climate-adapted solar power generation, the European project "Silense" with focus on gesture and voice control, as well as the subprojects "MIRS" micro-systems for gas detection or "CTE" sound improvement of MEMS-Microphones that are integrated in the smartphone, for example.

With almost 100 scientific publications, lectures and conference contributions, the scientific excellence is underlined and visible in the international environment. Together with the research partners, they filed 8 patents.

The COMET Competence Center ASSIC, coordinated by CTR AG, was once again evaluated very positively by international experts. The strategic research at the ASSIC Center runs from 2015 to 2022 and will be subordinated to federal funds (BMVIT, BMDW) and funds from the states of Carinthia and Styria

Location with top infrastructure 

Last year, the state of Carinthia, together with the European Regional Fund (ERDF), supported the purchase of state-of-the-art research cleanroom equipment (class 8 and 5) with € 2 million, thereby leading to industry 4.0, smart production, medical technology, environmental research and mobility solutions. The high-tech equipment enables the production and investigation of test structures and their characterization at the chip level, special assembly and connection technologies and 3D printing processes.

Shaping the future

"2017 was another year of growth and development for CTR. With our technology focus 'Smart Sensors & Systems Integration', we have a unique selling point throughout Austria ", says Managing Director Dr Werner Scherf. For the Chief Financial Officer DI Simon Grasser, MBA, "shows that the research and development services offered are in demand in the economy and is also an indicator of the innovation potential of partners from industry and science." Both board members are confident about the future: "On the basis of the consistently good development of recent years and the currently very good order situation for the next few years, the further development of the research center is assured. With the launch of the Silicon Austria Labs Initiative, additional future options for CTR are emerging. "

CTR in brief

The CTR as a research center for smart sensors and system integration is one of the leading non-university research centers in Austria. The goals and mission are to develop the latest products and processes based on integrated sensors, micro and nanosystems. Together with companies from the electronics, plant, automotive or medical technology industries and universities, the approximately 80 employees (permanent research team including graduands, doctoral candidates) conduct research on forward-looking innovations. The CTR was founded in 1997, has so far realized more than 80 patents, conducts research in regional, national and international R & D projects and is a member of RESEARCH AUSTRIA.

The 2017 Annual Report is available for Download pdf-file  (only in german). 


Birgit Rader-Brunner
R&D Communications CTR Carinthian Tech Research AG
phone.: +43(0)664-4884 712

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Dr Werner Scherf Managing Director (right) and Chief Financial Officer DI Simon Grasser, MBA. ©CTR/Puch

[Translate to english:] Die CTR kann Unternehmen und Forschungspartner mit ihrem Know-how und der Spitzenausstattung unterstützen ihre Innovationsvorhaben gezielt voranzutreiben. ©CTR/Helge Bauer

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