Open Research Data Pilot

Supported by the Nationalstiftung für Forschung, Technologie und Entwicklung the FWF launches a pilot programme for projects focusing on Open Research Data (ORD).

Target Group

Scientists of any discipline who are working in Austria.


The pilot programme aims to create role models and to gain experiences with Open Access to research data so that in line with the concept of Open Science open research data becomes the norm for all FWF projects in the future.


  • As a precondition only outline proposals based on research data that predominantly result from FWF projects which were granted during the past five years (completed or running projects which were approved after January 1, 2010) are eligible for the pilot programme. An applicant can only submit one project application.
  • Pilot projects of all disciplines may be submitted focusing on the analysis, maintenance and update of research data following the guidelines for Stand-alone projects. The maximum eligible project duration is 24 months and the applied budget must not exceed EUR 250.000.
  • Research data is defined as data which is “produced by scientific projects, for example by means of digitization, the study of sources, experiments, measurements, surveys or questionnaires”  including software.“1
  • Research data must (1) be published on the basis of the latest technical standards, (2) must be openly accessible, (3) reproducible, (4) machine-readable, (5) citable, (6) have attached an open licence for unrestricted further (re-) use and (7) must be published in a registered repository.

submission deadline ended

Submission of full proposal
The “Letter of Interest” is a precondition to be eligible for a full proposal. Based on the decision of the FWF board, the FWF will invite the best “Letters of Interest” in mid-May 2016 to submit a full proposal until the beginning of July. The full proposals will be internationally peer-reviewed according to usual FWF procedures. Final funding decisions will be made at the beginning of March 2017.

Antragsrichtlinien / Application guidelines
Application guidelines(pdf, 342KB)


Falk Reckling
Katharina Rieck

Digital Curation Center:
Registry of Research Data Repositories:

1 The Priority Initiative Digitale Information of the German Alliance of Science Organisations.