scilog - Project of the week
Changing Memories of Resistance
The collective memory of the Second World War also concerns the resistance and its protagonists. For the first time, the International Federation of Resistance Fighters has now been in the focus of research as a non-state player. New insights have been brought to light about the transformation of the notion of resistance and the formerly persecuted members of this movement.
percent of the funding went to applicants working in the Natural and Technical Sciences category
percent of the funding went to applicants working in the Humanities and Social Sciences category
percent of the funding went to applicants working in the Biology and Medicine category
In 2019 projects with a total volume of
million Euro were approved
projects were approved
people worked in projects funded by the FWF (as of Dec. 31, 2019)
In 2019 the FWF received
reviews from international peers
In 2019 the FWF received reviews from
Austria's most highly endowed science awards have found their latest recipients: on the recommendation of an international jury of experts, the Austrian Science Fund FWF honours eight researchers – with one Wittgenstein Award and seven START Awards. The mathematician Adrian Constantin was honored with the Wittgenstein Award, endowed with EUR 1.5 million, who will use the funding to consolidate his position spearheading international research. Through its Wittgenstein and START programmes, the FWF launches research projects with a total investment volume of EUR 9.5 million.
START excellence grants: EUR 1.2 million each for aspiring top researchers from Graz, Leoben, Innsbruck and Vienna
In addition to the Wittgenstein Award, the Austrian Science Fund FWF also conferred this year's START excellence awards. From a field of 111 applicants, the jury chose seven researchers in a very competitive selection process.
The cooperation agreement between the Italian province of Alto Adige (South Tyrol) and the FWF is bearing fruit: the researchers Hannes Schuler (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano) and Christian Stauffer (BOKU Vienna) are the first bilateral team to receive joint project funding. In their project, the researchers from Bolzano and Vienna are using genome analysis to explore new ways of protecting fruit trees from the damage wrought by apple proliferation disease. The province of South Tyrol and the FWF are each investing nearly EUR 300,000 in the cooperation project.
In addition to close international cooperation in the SARS-CoV-2 urgent funding programmes, the Austrian Science Fund FWF has set up a further cooperation project with Switzerland: the FWF is participating in the coronavirus research programme run by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Researchers from Austria can form teams with colleagues from Switzerland and jointly initiate research projects.
A statement by members of the Austrian Alliance of Science Organisations on the role of science and research in the Corona crisis