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Stretching – an Effective Therapy?
Annika Kruse is searching for an effective adjunctive therapy for the most frequent cause of motor disability in children – spastic cerebral palsy. The sports scientist compares two different methods of stretching that are already in use as adjunctive therapies. Initial results suggest that one-time stretching does not reach calf muscles at all.
At the initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, Austria is investing EUR 107 million in funding from the NextGenerationEU Development and Resilience Plan to accelerate the development of quantum research and technologies. The aim is to enhance Austria's competitiveness and increase European cooperation in this strategic key technology sector. Funding is available for both basic research as well as the development of practical applications. The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) are working closely together on the allocation of funding. Submissions are possible at the FWF from November 26, at the FFG from December 15.
More and more researchers are trying to reduce their ecological footprint. Travel plays an important role here, for despite the boom in virtual meetings, trips to international conferences, for example, will still be necessary in the future. The FWF is now placing a stronger focus than hitherto on environmentally conscious mobility: It is expanding funding opportunities for travel by train and offering a carbon offset contribution for unavoidable flights.
In its latest tranche of funding, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) has approved 176 research projects to the tune of EUR 57.7 million. Besides the projects in the established programmes, research projects with a specific transdisciplinary focus competed for funding for the first time as part of the #ConnectingMinds programme.
The researchers and the institutions in the race for “Clusters of Excellence” grants have been determined: 36 consortia with proposals amounting to more than one billion euros are taking part in the selection procedure for Austria’s future beacons of basic research. An overview of all the submissions is now available online—and highlights the areas of strength of cooperative cutting-edge research in Austria.
New Impetus for Austrian Top-level Research: FWF and Ministry of Science Sign Three-year Financing Agreement
Austrian Minister of Science Heinz Faßmann and FWF President Christof Gattringer signed the new three-year financing agreement on 22 September 2021. The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research has made a total of €806 million in funding between 2021 and 2023 available for groundbreaking basic research to researchers who are able to succeed in the FWF’s quality-based competition for funds.