The main goals of FWF’s international activities are to help increase the number of international research collaborations and strengthen Austria's international visibility as a research location.
Cutting-edge research requires close global cooperation based on equal parts international competition and international collaboration. In addition to outstanding researchers and internationally renowned research institutions, the complementary conditions offered by a variety of national funding instruments are key to strengthening international cooperation.
- A nationwide funding organization for basic research in Austria, the FWF’s funding portfolio provides researchers in Austria with optimal opportunities to work together with their international colleagues.
- As a stakeholder in research policy with close ties to the Austrian scientific community, the FWF’s international funding activities make an important contribution to shaping science on a global level.
- Procedurally, the FWF supports the development of international standards, and its administrative procedures are aligned with successful international funding models.
The dynamic development of research on a global level plays an important role in this context; the position of Europe and the integration of basic research funding in the European research area are among the FWF’s key focuses. The FWF is very active internationally and its programs support the internationalization of Austrian research.
Generally speaking, international involvement in FWF projects is not limited to specific international programs alone; individual collaborations with international partners are an important aspect of the FWF’s programs. Over half of all ongoing FWF projects involve international participation.