The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and Cooperation E-Media Austria (KEMÖ) have signed a three-year contract with John Wiley and Sons that combines the use of content and the publication of open-access articles.
As of January 1st 2018, Stand-Alone Projects can only be submitted electronically, via elane. The obligatory electronic submission also applies for International Programmes as well as KLIF, Erwin Schrödinger Fellowships and the Lise-Meitner Programme.
Under a landmark Open Access Publishing Framework Agreement signed in Vienna on December 20th, 2017 between the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the University of Vienna and the publisher Frontiers, Austrian researchers affiliated to or supported through these institutions may from January 1st, 2018 publish their articles in Frontiers’ open-access journals through a simplified process that covers article processing charges.
With “Research Groups”, the Austrian Science Fund FWF supports the networking of researchers independent of location and thus closes a gap in the funding portfolio between Stand-Alone Projects and Special Research Programmes. The basis for this is formed by innovative, interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary questions in all scientific disciplines, especially in the humanities, social sciences and cultural sciences. €6.2m is available for Research Groups in the pilot phase.
FWF President Klement Tockner finds many signs of a fresh start in the new government’s programme and looks to the future with confidence and optimism.
The FWF discontinues the opportunity for certification of publishers with effect from 1 January 2018. Existing certifications remain valid for the duration of the agreed term (five years from certification).
With the "Young Independent Researcher Groups", the Austrian Science Fund FWF is for the first time supporting excellent young researchers in Austria in cooperation with the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). Six million euros are available for interdisciplinary postdoc teams in the pilot phase.
Austrian Alliance of Science Organisations submits a list of stipulations to coalition negotiators.
The provincial governors of Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino approved the Euregio Science Fund third call for proposals. The call is primarily aimed at several-year collaborative research projects involving all three research locations in the European region. Experts from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) will provide information about the call for proposals directly in Bolzano and Trento on 2 and 3 November 2017.
Science Europe, the umbrella organisation of European research organisations, organised this year’s high-level workshop in Berlin jointly with the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The discussion focused on the topic “The Rationales of Open Science – Digitalisation and Democratisation in Research”.
Parties pledge structural reforms, new strategies and investments vis-à-vis the Austrian Alliance of Science Organisations.
On 6 and 7 September 2017, the heads of research funding organisations from five Central European countries met in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
A symposium in China, an agreement with Moscow and the appointment to the Science Europe Governing Board. The FWF also received visitors from Georgia and Hungary.
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