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FWF Programmes

The Austrian Science Fund FWF is Austria's central institution for funding basic research. As a rule, the programmes of the FWF are bottom-up. If this is not the case, it is explicitly stated. On the following page you will find an overview of the FWF's current calls for proposals.

The research support office offers you personal information about the various funding opportunities and advises you on funding possibilities for your project idea!

Stand-Alone Project

Key points:

Target:

  • thematically clearly defined research project
  • excellent scientific quality at international level in the field of basic research
  • knowledge-oriented and primarily defined by their importance for the advancement of science
  • National and international collaborations possible

Prerequisites:

  • Internationally visible, quality-assured publication activity in line with career progression (min. 2 / last 5 years).

Funding:

  • Depending on the project, project-specific costs (personnel and material resources) can be applied for.
  • Number of expert opinions depends on the application amount:
  • up to an application amount of EUR 400,000 at least two expert opinions, for each increase of the application amount by EUR 200,000 at least one additional expert opinion (e.g. EUR 600,000 at least three expert opinions etc.).
  • The average processing time (usually 5-6 months) increases considerably with the number of required expert opinions.

Programme Clinical Research

Key points:

  • Programme documents
  • Ongoing application via elane
  • Maximum project duration: 48 months, cost-neutral extension by 12 months possible

The projects to be submitted, or their results in the field of clinical research, must

  • be precisely defined in terms of objectives and methodology,   
  • be limited in time and budget,
  • be free of direct commercial interests
  • involve patients or healthy volunteers,
  • be aimed at gaining scientific knowledge and insight to improve clinical practice or optimize diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Prerequisites:

  • Internationally visible, quality-assured publication activity in line with career progression (min. 2 / last 5 years).
  • Applicants must be able to present suitable, study-related preliminary work.
  • Project proposals must meet international standards of high quality clinical research and be subject to relevant international peer review.
  • To submit a project, an associated positive ethics vote or proof of in-principle endorsement by the relevant ethics committee must be included.

Funding:

  • Depending on the project, project-specific costs (personnel and material resources) can be applied for.
  • Number of expert opinions depends on the application amount:
    up to an application amount of EUR 400,000 at least two expert opinions, for each increase of the application amount by EUR 200,000 at least one additional expert opinion (e.g. EUR 600,000 at least three expert opinions etc.).
  • The average processing time (usually 5-6 months) increases considerably with the number of required expert opinions.

1000-Ideas-Programme

Key points:

  • Call documents
  • Application only during the open call period via elane
  • Double-blind selection procedure: eligible projects are identified solely on the basis of the project idea and the coherent description of its realization.
  • Other usual criteria such as scientific publication success or reputation of the researcher are not included in the evaluation.
  • Project duration: 6-24 months

Target:

  • Research ideas with high scientific and ideally also societal relevance.
  • Potential to transform a field of research and/or to fundamentally challenge established paradigms in science and research.
  • Time-limited exploratory phase in which indications of the viability of the research concept or the research idea behind it are worked out.

Requirements:

  • A scientist may be the project leader for a maximum of one project proposal.
  • The project leader must have completed a doctorate (PhD/MD) at the time of application.
  • Internationally visible, quality-assured publication activity in line with career progression (min. 2 / last 5 years).

Funding:

  • Funding for project-specific costs, i.e. personnel and material resources needed to carry out the project, can be applied for
  • 50.000-150.000 EUR, incl. 5% general project costs.
  • The project leader must have a contract of employment guaranteed by the Austrian research institution for the entire duration of the project, with at least 50% employment financed by other than the requested project funds.
  • However, it is possible to apply for funding to finance the part of the own position exceeding this.

FWF Joint Projects

Funding for bilateral research projects that are highly integrated in terms of content:

  • Depending on the partner country, different submission deadlines and review procedures.
  • Project duration: 36-48 months (depending on partner country)
  • As a rule, applications can only be submitted via elane during the open call period, exceptions: Germany & South Tyrol (submission possible at any time)

The FWF has concluded agreements for the application/funding of bilateral Joint Projects with the following partner organizations:

ESPRIT - Early-Stage-Programme: Research–Innovation–Training

Key points:

Objective:

  • To promote excellent, innovative research,
  • Retaining, attracting and re-acquiring outstanding scientists* and thus strengthening Austrian research institutions,
  • the promotion of excellent women in science,
  • career and competence development (development/establishment of an independent research profile based on an own research project),
  • strengthening career perspectives (increasing competitiveness through publications, collaborations and visibility).

Requirements for applicants:

  • Completed doctoral degree, not more than 5 years ago at the time of application.
  • Internationally visible, quality-assured publication activity in line with career stage (min. 2 / last 5 years)
  • Mentor, to support the applicant's scientific and personal career development.

Funding:

  • Salary for the project leader
  • Project-specific costs: 15 000 EUR per year (flat rate) or up to a maximum of 25 000 EUR per year (can be applied for with justification)

Erwin-Schrödinger-Fellowships

Key points:

  • Call documents
  • Ongoing application via elane
  • Project duration: 10-24 months abroad phase + 6-12 months return phase
  • Evaluation on the basis of min. 2 expert reviews

Objective:

  • Promotion of collaboration at leading research institutions abroad
  • Acquisition of experience abroad during the postdoc phase
  • Enabling access to new scientific fields, methods, procedures and techniques in order to contribute - after the return - to the further development of science in Austria

Requirements:

  • Highly qualified young researchers (completed PhD) from all disciplines in Austria.
  • Internationally visible, quality-assured publication activity (min. 2 / last 5 years) corresponding to the career path
  • Letter of invitation from the foreign research institution
  • in case of application for a return phase: confirmation of the domestic research institution

Funding:

  • Scholarship abroad (tax-free): 35 600 € to 47 400 € per year (depending on place of residence)
  • For the return phase: personnel costs of 75 890 € per year (service contract) and project-specific costs up to 12 000 € per year

Elise Richter Programme (Senior Post Doc)

Key points:

  • Call documents
  • Project duration: 12-48 months
  • Evaluation on the basis of at least 2 expertises
  • Application via elane, 2 calls per year in spring/autumn.

Objective:

  • To support outstandingly qualified female scientists in their career development with regard to a university career.
  • At the end of the funding period, the applicant should have reached a qualification level that enables her to apply for a professorship in Austria or abroad (habilitation or equivalent qualification).

Prerequisites:

  • relevant postdoctoral experience in Germany or abroad
  • Internationally visible, quality-assured publication activity in line with career progression (min. 2 / last 5 years)
  • Preliminary work on the planned research project / habilitation project
  • No age limit

Funding:

  • Personnel costs of 75 890 € per year
  • project specific costs up to 15 000 € per year

START-Programm

Key points:

  • Call documents
  • Project duration: 6 years, interim evaluation after 3 years
  • Evaluation on the basis of at least 3 expert opinions
  • Application via elane, one call per year in summer (July - September)

Objective:

  • To support excellent researchers from all disciplines.
  • Researchers should be given the opportunity to plan their research work on a long-term basis and with a high degree of financial security.
  • Project leaders* should qualify for a leading position in the science system by independently building up or expanding and leading a research group.

Requirements:

  • 2-8 years after the PhD at the end of the submission period, overruns possible with exceptions.
  • excellent research project and exceptional international track record
  • Proof of scientific independence;
  • Applicants should already have independently obtained competitive third-party funding after the doctoral degree.
  • One or more years of previous international experience is desired

Funding:

  • 800 000 € to max. 1.2 million € for six years