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A well thought-out, informative proposal that meets all content-related and formal requirements is the key to a quick funding decision. Each year, the FWF receives several hundred research proposals, and each one is reviewed by international experts (researchers with experience in their field) and submitted to the Scientific Board for a decision.
Checking eligibility requirements
The FWF’s funding programs have been developed to best meet the researchers’ needs in the field of basic research. For this reason, application requirements also vary from program to program. Before applying, please check that you meet the eligibility requirements for the program you have chosen. These requirements are detailed in each program’s application guidelines.
FWF funding is aimed at researchers working at Austrian research institutions. In addition, to support brain gain in the Austrian research community, the FWF also funds international researchers who are currently working abroad but would like to gain a foothold at an Austrian research institution with FWF funding. Researchers currently working outside of Austria can find the relevant information in the application guidelines of each individual program. For further information, please see the section on applying from abroad.
Program-specific information in application guidelines
To ensure that funding is awarded fairly, the FWF specifies certain content-related and formal requirements for all funding applications. Specific requirements may apply for individual programs. Please read the application guidelines carefully before submitting and get in touch with the FWF contact named for your program directly if you have any questions. Each program’s individual application guidelines are available as PDF downloads on the respective program page. These guidelines contain all the information you will need to apply, including how to present your academic CV, naming the members of the research team, or breaking down project costs.
FWF Funding Guidelines
The FWF Funding Guidelines describe the legal framework that applies to all programs. Download the FWF Funding Guidelines here. For more detailed, program-specific application guidelines, please refer to each individual program.
Two different application modes: PROFI or ad personam
By the end of 2023, the FWF will have switched the administration of most of its funding programs to the new PROFI mode. This change is intended to make the funding process easier for researchers and their institutions while ensuring autonomy in the application process. For programs administered in PROFI mode, the respective research institution submits the application on behalf of the researcher. In the few remaining ad personam funding programs, researchers apply directly. For more information about applying in PROFI or ad personam mode, please see the PROFI / ad personam section
The FWF recommends that all applicants contact the Austrian research institution where the project is to be carried out before submitting their proposal to clarify any specific requirements the research institution may have for applying for FWF funding.