From November 2016 to February 2017, the Austrian Court of Audit (ACA) carried out an audit of selected federal research programmes, in particular with regard to their establishment and development, through to the first call for funding proposals. The audit largely spanned the years from 2012 through 2016 and was carried out at the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). Until 7 January 2018, the tasks of the FFG fell within the sphere of responsibility of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. With the amendment of the Federal Ministries Act (BMG-Novelle 2017), those tasks were assigned to the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs. Furthermore, the ACA also held talks with the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development.