Minister of Science Heinz Faßmann and Austrian Science Fund FWF President Klement Tockner strongly advocate competition in basic research
Excellence in research arises from a continuous comparison on an international level. This fundamental principle applies not only to researchers, but also to funding agencies. That is why the FWF is moving a step forward and establishes an international Scientific Advisory Board to challenge its funding activities with state-of-the-art expertise from world-renowned researchers.
In June 2018, the FWF and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the State of Israel (MOST) signed a memorandum of understanding which focuses on funding closely integrated, joint research projects by researchers from Austria and Israel.
The FWF and the Polish funding organisation NCN signed an agreement in spring 2018 which for the first time makes it possible to fund closely integrated, Austrian-Polish research projects (joint projects).
The researcher at the Department of Geology, University of Innsbruck investigates climate data from the “Little Ice Age”
With its draft multi-annual programme and continued improvement of existing career programmes, FWF hopes to further advance the establishment of researchers, especially of women, in the scientific community – the consultation process will continue until the end of this year.
The FWF has begun its discussions on the draft for further developing its career programmes and has extended the deadline for completing the consultation processes by the end of this year.
Total requested funding came to some EUR 180.7 million, approval rate at 26.3 percent
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) earmarks some EUR 11 million to enable young researchers to engage in research excellence. The goal of doc.funds: attracting, training and retaining talent.
In 2018 a total of 51 outstanding female scientists were selected for the FWF’s high-quality career development programmes. All in all, EUR 13.4 million in new grants was earmarked.
Starting in March 2019, final project reports in some FWF programmes will be submitted online via the Researchfish platform
The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on the application guidelines, which are now available online, will help applicants with questions they may have. In addition, it should be noted that the transition period for the submission of applications under the rules of the old application guidelines ends on 28 February 2019.
Interdisciplinarity, innovative research approaches and networking are the focus of this funding programme operated jointly by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).