The Defense Research Programme FORTE is the first of its kind in Austria. It closes the thematic gap in national research funding programs in the area of security policy and complements the existing Security Research Programme KIRAS, which explicitly excludes genuine arms and defense research. FORTE effectively contributes to the protection of citizens and state and therefore promotes the compliance of an indispensable constitutional duty.
There is a close coordination concerning the content of the (funding-)activities between BMVIT and BMLV. Hence, the BMLV decides on the thematic funding priorities.
The programme responsibility for the Austrian Defense Research Funding Programme FORTE lies with the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) under the authority of the BMVIT carries out the programme management, particularly on the project level.