During the project phase, the FWF offers researchers and their teams the freedom they need to conduct independent research and take unexpected directions. The funding is provided as a global budget that researchers are free to use under the general terms of the grant agreement as the project progresses. The grant agreement, which you will receive from the FWF after your proposal has been approved, contains all relevant information.
Grant agreement, guidelines, and supplementary information
Once your proposal has been approved, you and your research institution will receive a grant agreement from the FWF, along with other important supplementary information and guidelines. The reviews of your proposal will also be forwarded to you. Before you can start your project, the original grant agreement must be returned to the FWF, usually by mail (signed by an authorized signatory at your research institution under PROFI or by the principal investigator under ad personam mode), along with the data management plan, the PR proposal summary (in German and English), any attached forms, and any program-specific documents (these are uploaded to elane). Please make sure that the FWF has received all documents at least one month before the start of the project. After that, nothing stands between you and the successful launch of your project.
Research integrity and research ethics are integral parts of the research process and determine the quality of excellent research according to the highest international standards. Compliance with the rules of good research practice and internationally established ethical standards are key when conducting research projects. For more information, please see the section on integrity and ethics.
Open Science refers to open and collaborative research practices that enable open access to scientific knowledge and research processes, resulting in the greatest possible transparency and reusability.
As a signatory of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, the FWF is committed to supporting open access to the academic publications and research data generated by its researchers. The FWF’s Open-Access Policy covers all forms of publishing. Find out more about the FWF’s open-access activities and funding options in the open science section.
Research Data Management
Research data management is an integral part of good research practice (see Research Integrity & Research Ethics). The FWF therefore requires a Data Management Plan (DMP) for all projects approved under the new guidelines after January 1, 2019. A data management plan (DMP) describes how data and its metadata are collected, organized, stored, published, shared, and archived for a given project.
Acknowledging the FWF
The FWF must be named as the funding body in every public presentation and/or publication of research results and publications resulting from FWF-funded projects. The following citation must be used: “This research was funded in whole or in part by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) [grant DOI].”
The grant DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is a persistent identifier for information on funded projects and is indicated on each project’s page on the Research Radar page. It allows for clear identification, citation, and automatic linking of project information; By resolving the DOI in the DOI resolver (Resolve a DOI Name), the user is automatically redirected to project page on the FWF website. The grant DOI is made up of an unchanging FWF prefix (10.55776/), which is the same for all DOI numbers and uniquely identifies the FWF, and the FWF ID (previously called the project number).