FWF Austrian Science Fund
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is Austria's central funding organization
for basic research.
The purpose of the FWF is to support the ongoing development of Austrian
science and basic research at a high international level. In this way,
the FWF makes a significant contribution to cultural development, to the
advancement of our knowledge-based society, and thus to the creation of
value and wealth in Austria.
FWF Annual Report 2012
The €200 million mark remained just beyond the FWF's grasp in 2012, but the organisation still managed to achieve a record funding approval volume of €196.4 million. However, as the increase in total funding approved rose by only 0.6% compared to the year 2011, we can only speak of a stabilisation of funding at the previous year's level. Compared to the previous year's figure, the 2,216 funding decisions issued point to a practically unchanged level of demand for FWF funding, while the number of approvals declined slightly to 684. The number of people working in projects funded by the FWF also reached a record level at 3,852. The FWF's approval rate changed only marginally in 2012; in terms of the number of approvals relative to new applications, this rate fell to 30.2%, and in terms of approved funding relative to requested funding, the rate even dropped to 24.2%. Given the steadily increasing number of applications received in the last two years, an increase in the approval rate will not be possible without a substantial increase in the FWF's budget.
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