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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.

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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. 


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About OSTA Washington

The Office of Science and Technology Austria (OSTA) Washington was established in 2001 at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC. A 2002 recommendation by the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development encouraged the initiative to create such an office. The office supports the exchange of science, research, technology and innovation between Austria and North America in order to strengthen the Austrian innovation system.

The OSTA is an initiative of the Austrian Government, currently supported by three Austrian ministries:
  • Federal Ministry for European , 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)
The attaché for Science & Technology at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC, serves as director of the OSTA. Representatives of the three funding ministries form the Board of Directors, which is the supervisory board of the OSTA. This board determines strategic goals, financial planning, and the annual budget, and oversees the OST's work program and reporting to the funding ministries.


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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.

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Vision & Mission

“Bridging Research and Innovation between Austria and North America” is the mission of OSTA. Turning the classical notion of science diplomacy into a professional instrument for internationalizing Austria's research and technology development, OSTA concentrates on the following strategic areas:     

  • Support and advice for initiating new R&D co-operations between Austrian and North American institutions.     

  • Information and policy advice on Austrian and North American science, technology, and R&D through Bridges, the OSTA’s online magazine on S&T policy issues.     

  • Development and administration of the Research and Innovation Network Austria (RINA) – an interdisciplinary network of Austrian researchers, scholars, and innovators in North America 

The establishment of OSTA underlines Austria’s intention to focus on its science diplomacy efforts with North America and to strengthen the existing research, technology, and scientific relationships. OSTA contributes to reaching these goals and helps to provide a better mutual understanding among representatives from both government and the research & innovation community.

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