Depending on the funding programme, one or more natural persons or legal entities may be eligible to apply for funding. The project must be headed by a person or persons who work in scientific/scholarly research, art or art-related research in Austria or under the auspices of an Austrian research institution, and who possess the appropriate qualifications and can demonstrate that they have at their disposal the infrastructure necessary to carry out the project. They must meet any requirements particular to the funding programme under which they are requesting support and must have sufficient capacity available to complete the project for which support is requested.
In general, projects must be carried out in Austria or based at an Austrian research institution.
The following programmes represent exceptions to this rule:
- Lise Meitner programme:
(i) Incoming: Applications may be submitted only by researchers who have been based in Austria for less than three of the past ten years at the time when the application is submitted and who have not been working continuously as researchers in Austria for two consecutive years preceding the submission of the application.
(ii) Reintegration: Applications may be submitted only by researchers whose main place of residence has been outside of Austria for at least four years at the time of application and who seek to re-establish themselves at an Austrian research institution.
- Erwin Schrödinger fellowships: Projects are carried out at foreign research institutions.
- Joint Seminars programme: Applications may be submitted only by researchers who have been awarded an FWF grant in the past ten years.
- Science Communication programme and GROW programme: Applications may be submitted only by researchers who have been awarded an FWF grant in the past 5 years.
- Top Citizen Science (TCS) programme: Applications may be submitted only by researchers who are serving as principal investigators in ongoing FWF projects at the time of the TCS funding decision.