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The work of OSTA focuses on the following core services:     

  • Expand and maintain the Research and Innovation Network Austria (RINA) - an interdisciplinary network of Austrian researchers, R&D managers, and S&T policy experts in North America.    
  • Consult and inform on Austrian and North American policy in science, research, and technology.    
  • Support and advise on the initiation of new R&D cooperation between Austrian and North American institutions.    
  • Inform via Bridges, our free online magazine on current topics of research and technology policy in Austria, Europe, and North America.
  • Increase the visibility of innovations made in Austria.
  • Support and connect Austrian institutions with their North American peers.
  • Offer visitor programs and study tours.
  • Conduct policy analysis with knowledge of current trends in Austria and North America.


Rosemary Grant

Rosemary Grant 
Communications Manager 
The most recent member of the OST team, Rosemary became the communications manager after a year of living abroad in China. She worked as a feature writer and social media coordinator for Redstar Magazine as well as an editor from Ocean University Press. As a DC local, she graduated from James Madison University in 2012, earning a BA in English and Media Arts and Design, with a concentration in Corporate Communications. While in school she worked for four years with the Gardy Loo literary magazine, becoming the chief editor during her final two years. 



About OSTA Washington

Who we are

The Office of Science and Technology Austria - Washington (OSTA Washington) was established in 2001 at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC. The Attaché for Science & Technology serves as director of OSTA Washington.

OSTA Washington is supported by three Austrian federal ministries:

  • Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, BMEIA (Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äußeres)
  • Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, BMWFW (Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft)
  • Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, BMVIT (Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie)

Representatives of the three funding ministries form OSTA’s Board of Directors, which determines strategic goals, financial planning, and oversees OSTA's work program and reporting to the ministries.

The establishment of OSTA Washington underlines Austria’s intention to focus on its science diplomacy efforts with North America and to strengthen the existing research, technology, and scientific relationships.


Vision & Mission G




"Zielorientiert planen, effizient umsetzen und nachhaltige Ergebnisse erreichen" ist die Philosophie des Office of Science & Technology.

Mit der Mission "Building bridges of knowledge and expertise between Austria and North America" haben wir uns zum Ziel gesetzt, eine strategische Schnittstelle im Bereich von Wissenschaft, Forschung und Forschungspolitik zwischen Österreich und Nordamerika zu sein.

Die Strategie zielt darauf ab, uns als eine österreichische Institution, die sich durch Expertise und Know-how in den Bereichen österreichischer und nordamerikanischer Wissenschafts-, Forschungs-, und Technologiepolitik auszeichnet, in Nordamerika zu präsentieren. Dies spiegelt sich auch in den Instrumentarien wider, die wir für unsere Kernbereiche - das OST Scientist Network, Beratung und Information durch das OST Online Magazin bridges, und F&E Kooperationen - entwickelt haben.


Vision & Mission

Our Mission

“Bridging Research and Innovation between Austria and North America.” 

What we do

Turning the classical notion of science diplomacy into a professional instrument for internationalizing Austria's research and technology development, we concentrate our work on the following strategic areas:     

  • Increasing the visibility of excellent research and innovation made in Austria
  • Connecting Austrian R&D-institutions with their peers in North America
  • Facilitating the exchange of researchers and innovators, as well as policy makers from Austria with North American thought leaders
  • Connecting the Austrian science and innovation diaspora in North America through RINA, the Research and Innovation Network Austria
  • Supporting and initiating transatlantic R&D co-operations
  • Providing information and policy advice in research, innovation, and technology through BRIDGES, our online magazine on S&T policy issues
  • Organizing study tours and visitor programs
  • Hosting and organizing events


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