Along with the FWF Wittgenstein Award, the FWF START Awards are among Austria’s most prestigious and highly endowed scientific awards. The FWF START Awards give excellent, up-and-coming researchers the opportunity to pursue their research with long-term planning horizons and financial security. The total amount of funding requested was approx. €116 million, of which roughly 53% came from the Natural Sciences and Technology, 25% from Biology and Medicine, and 22% from the Humanities and Social Sciences. The six winning projects, three of which are headed by women, come from all disciplines and will receive funding of up to €1.2 million each.