The Austrian Institute for SME Research is an independent research institute, registered as a non-profit association, which provides analyses to facilitate economic policy making. It informs policy makers, advocacy groups, advisory bodies, and other research institutions at regional, national and international levels, as well as company managers and the interested public in general.
The Institute can rely on highly qualified staff, building on more than 60 years of experience and continuity. Many years of expertise, interdisciplinarity, compliance with scientific standards, cooperation with national and international research institutions and integration in central (inter-)national research networks are key quality features of the Austrian Institute for SME Research and ensure that the research results draw upon the state of the art. The Institute’s fields of expertise include: entrepreneurship and innovation, economic sectors and industries, regional analyses, labour market and skills development, evaluations and impact analyses, foremost in the research and development field, as well as balance sheet ratios and benchmarking.