To promote the intersectoral perspective of the ISTplus program, IST Austria has established links with a number of external partners with a certain non‐academic dimension. The list can include, for example, commercial entities, research entities with an industrial focus and other actors in sectors of socio-economic relevance.

Applicants are encouraged to consider and contact potential non-academic partners before applying, however successful fellows can also explore and develop potential non-academic partnerships (with the support of IST Austria’s Postdoctoral OfficeGrant Office and Technology Transfer Office) during their fellowship.

External partners interact with the ISTplus program in different ways, one of the most important ones being the possibility to host ISTplus fellows’ secondments (see more on this here).