In cooperation with the German Research Foundation (DFG), the FWF offers several opportunities to fund collaborations between researchers in Austria and Germany.

Cross-border, bilateral Principal Investigator Projects can be funded as part of the Weave network; additional researchers from a third Weave partner country can also be involved. For details, please see Weave - Information for applicants.

In addition, the FWF and the DFG offer researchers the opportunity to cooperate in FWF Special Research Areas and in DFG Collaborative Research Centres (Transregios) as well as DFG research groups. For details, please see the information sheet FWF-DFG: Collaborative programs.

Target group

The funding program is aimed at researchers from all disciplines. For details, please see the respective application guidelines.

Funding goals

Weave projects and participation in collaborative programs are intended to fund closely integrated projects in which researchers in Austria, Germany, and (optionally for Weave projects) a third partner country make substantial scientific contributions, creating added value through international cooperation.

Funding period and funding amount

Up to 36 or 48 months (depending on program)


For Weave projects and for participation in DFG research groups, the application requirements of the FWF's Principal Investigator Projects and Clinical Research programs apply to FWF applicants.

For researchers in Austria interested in participating in DFG Collaborative Research Centres, the application requirements for the FWF’s Special Research Areas apply.


  • Weave projects are subject to the same FWF review process as Principal Investigator Projects or that of the Clinical Research program and are in competition with these proposals. Proposals reviewed by the DFG as lead agency will be reviewed according to the DFG grant guidelines.
  • For participation in Special Research Areas or DFG research groups, please refer to the Information sheet on FWF-DFG: Collaborative programs.

Application information

  • Proposals are submitted online using the electronic application portal elane.
  • Weave applications must also be submitted to the other funding agency involved, simultaneously or no later than seven days after submission to the lead agency. For details, please see Weave - Information for applicants.

Funding institution

Austrian Science Fund (FWF)



Inquiries and contact

Dr. Christoph Bärenreuter
+43 676 83487 8702

Partner organization

DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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