Mission Statement

To understand the world, we need to both look closely and see the big picture. Basic research takes time, but it opens up entirely new horizons. This is why we support pioneering researchers on their roads to discovery. The wealth of their insights is the capital of future generations.


The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is Austria’s leading organization for funding all fields of basic and arts-based research.


For more than 50 years, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) has pursued its goal of facilitating cutting-edge research in Austria. The principles of the FWF, which are still its strengths today, remain unchanged: Providing thematically open funding to researchers from all disciplines and at every career level.

Legal Basis

The legal basis of the FWF’s activities is the Research and Technology Funding Act (Forschungs- und Technologiefördergesetz, FFTG), which has been in effect since 1967. The law also defines the FWF’s most important executive bodies, competencies, and decision-making principles.

Facts and Figures

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) uses federal funding to support thousands of researchers throughout Austria. On the Dashboard and the Research Radar page, the FWF publishes data on its funding programs, approved projects, and individuals to ensure transparency and make it available for further use.


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