Home Call for Radical innovations to implement circular economy in the building sector

The support programme “AWS Building(s) Tomorrow” aims to identify and advance Austrian innovative potential in technical development throughout the initial stages of economic implementation. The goal of this initiative is to increase awareness, network and share expertise, and provide financial support to take advantage of disruptive innovation potential in the building industry.


The AWS (Austria Wirtschaftsservice) seeks to actively assist and contribute to the building sector’s transition into one that is economically, environmentally, and socially just. AWS is a member of the EIT Culture & Creativity Investment Network.







For Tanja Spennlingwimmer, Head of IP Management, Deep Technologies, and Entrepreneurship at AWS, it is clear.


“40% of all global CO2 emissions come from the buildings sector, and thus it really touches our lives and our culture, as it is part of how we live, build, and shape our environment. In order to make a big leap it is necessary to have creative, out-of-the-box ideas. With our initiative “aws Building(s) Tomorrow” we will provide support and funding for companies (and research institutions in cooperation) that have innovations for the buildings industry.

Moreover “On February 22nd, we launched our call for proposals for our new funding initiative “Building(s) Tomorrow.” “Building(s) Tomorrow” is a funding program in the field of sustainable building, aimed at supporting innovative ideas in the building sector, with a focus on the circular economy. The funded projects are intended to serve as best practices for radical and disruptive innovations in the building and construction sector, demonstrating the potential for achieving climate and environmental goals in the Austrian building branch and how innovative business models can generate new economic opportunities for the industry.”. 


To help those who are interested in applying, Tanja highlighted that “since the program is in large part aimed at Austrian companies, the program website is currently only available in German. Meaning, any difficulties with translating the website in other parts of the world or just want to know more, scheduling a meeting is an option to give a briefing on the most important aspects of our initiative and to clarify all questions.”


AWS Building(s) Tomorrow – Funding:

–  Targets SMEs, Large companies, and Research Institutions;

–  Has a maximum of 80% of the eligible costs, with a limit of EUR 100,000;

–  A project duration of 12 months; 

–  All the applications need to be done before the project starts;

–  The company headquarters or the permanent establishment must be in Austria;

–  And every project must be submitted by May 22nd, 2024.  


Want to know more? Please find more important information, here:  https://www.aws.at/aws-buildings-tomorrow/.


About Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft (AWS)

Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH (AWS), founded in 2009, serves as the federal development bank, offering a range of financial assistance such as low-interest loans, guarantees, grants, and equity to aid companies in realizing innovative projects from conception to international market success. Alongside financial support, AWS provides guidance on intellectual property protection and exploitation. Furthermore, the organization offers tailored information, advice, and services to support the growth and development of aspiring, existing, and expanding companies.


About EIT Culture & Creativity

EIT Culture & Creativity is the ninth Innovation Community by the European Institute of Innovation and Technfology (EIT), a body of the European Union. It is designed to strengthen and transform Europe’s Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI) by connecting creatives and organisations to Europe’s largest innovation network. It takes a holistic and open approach to innovation – from tech to artistic driven innovations, from business to citizen driven – and reinforces the appreciation and anchoring of European values and identities. EIT Culture & Creativity will unlock latent value from a multitude of small CCSI stakeholders through technology transfer, improved cross-sectoral collaboration and their effective integration in production value networks. EIT Culture & Creativity will support technology and business innovation; artistic innovation and social innovation. It will also harness the unique position of the CCSI to facilitate the Triple Transitions in Europe – green, digital and social.



About The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

The EIT is Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem bringing together close to 3,000 partners from top business, research and education organisations across Europe in over 80 innovation hubs. The EIT strengthens Europe’s ability to innovate by powering solutions to pressing global challenges and by nurturing entrepreneurial talent to create sustainable growth and skilled jobs in Europe. The EIT is an EU body and an integral part of Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The Institute supports dynamic pan-European partnerships, EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities, composed of leading companies, research labs and universities each dedicated to solving a pressing global challenge, from climate change to health, to renewable energy.