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FWF partners the new international funding initiative “Pathways to Sustainability”

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The Austrian Science Fund FWF is a partner in the Pathways to Sustainability funding initiative of the Belmont Forum. With its first call for proposals, this international research funding initiative invites researchers in Austria to apply for one- or two-year funding in order to build international and transdisciplinary networks.

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Taking the Road Less Travelled

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Researchers working in basic research want to discover something new. There is always a risk for the researchers involved in breaking new ground, but if they succeed, there is a good chance that they will make an innovation leap. This is the reason why the 1,000 Ideas Programme specifically supports high-risk research with the aim of further enhancing Austria’s innovative power. Learn more about those researchers who beat out the competition in the first call for proposals.

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Die Mitglieder des Rates der Europäischen Union sitzen am runden Tisch bei einer Sondertagung im Europagebäude.

EU-Summit: Investment in Cutting-edge Research Remains Below Expectations Despite Increase

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The EU Summit achieved an agreement on the next EU budget and a corona recovery fund. Despite many positive ambitions and the visible joint effort, the resolution remained below expectations, in spite of an increase, in one key issue for the future, the ‘Horizon Europe’ research programme. And especially in a phase in which many people are turning to cutting-edge research for answers.

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Recommendations on European-wide Standards in Funding Allocation

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An international team of experts from Science Europe, the association of European research funding organisations and research performing organisations, has presented seven recommendations on common standards in the allocation of funding. Based on best practice examples, the experts show how topics such as transparency, efficiency, and novel approaches can be further optimised in research funding.

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Euregio Science Fund: Call for Proposals for Cross-border Research Projects Launched

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The fourth call for proposals of the Euregio Science Fund is endowed with three million euros and is aimed at scientists working on multi-year research projects in Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino. The Austrian Science Fund FWF supports this cross-border initiative.

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Mathematician Adrian Constantin is Austria's new Wittgenstein Award winner

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Austria's most highly endowed science awards have found their latest recipients: on the recommendation of an international jury of experts, the Austrian Science Fund FWF honours eight researchers – with one Wittgenstein Award and seven START Awards. The mathematician Adrian Constantin was honored with the Wittgenstein Award, endowed with EUR 1.5 million, who will use the funding to consolidate his position spearheading international research. Through its Wittgenstein and START programmes, the FWF launches research projects with a total investment volume of EUR 9.5 million.

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START excellence grants: EUR 1.2 million each for aspiring top researchers from Graz, Leoben, Innsbruck and Vienna

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In addition to the Wittgenstein Award, the Austrian Science Fund FWF also conferred this year's START excellence awards. From a field of 111 applicants, the jury chose seven researchers in a very competitive selection process.

Learn more: START excellence grants: EUR 1.2 million each for aspiring top researchers from Graz, Leoben, Innsbruck and Vienna

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Top Research in Austria: a Boost for Innovation and the Economy

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With its current performance figures the Austrian Science Fund FWF illustrates that top-level domestic research is a forceful stimulus for business and society. In 2019, the FWF invested EUR 237 million in over 700 new research projects from all disciplines. In total, the FWF provides funding to 2,400 ongoing projects involving more than 4,000 researchers at Austria's universities and research institutions who are generating new knowledge and providing momentum for the economy. Due to the corona crisis, the number of research grant applications is expected to hit an all-time high in 2020.

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The Creative Side of Science

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Ten drawings with one common goal: that of using the potential of illustration to convey a better understanding of top research. In the FWF’s Annual Report – hot off the press – you will not only find FWF performance statistics but also encounter ten masterly illustrations. Each work of art is unique, offering you a new perspective on successfully completed research projects. The illustrations are also available as wallpaper for your smartphone.

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First Transnational Research Project Between South Tyrol and Austria Under Way

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The cooperation agreement between the Italian province of Alto Adige (South Tyrol) and the FWF is bearing fruit: the researchers Hannes Schuler (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano) and Christian Stauffer (BOKU Vienna) are the first bilateral team to receive joint project funding. In their project, the researchers from Bolzano and Vienna are using genome analysis to explore new ways of protecting fruit trees from the damage wrought by apple proliferation disease. The province of South Tyrol and the FWF are each investing nearly EUR 300,000 in the cooperation project.

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Corona Research: FWF Continues to Expand International Cooperation

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In addition to close international cooperation in the SARS-CoV-2 urgent funding programmes, the Austrian Science Fund FWF has set up a further cooperation project with Switzerland: the FWF is participating in the coronavirus research programme run by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Researchers from Austria can form teams with colleagues from Switzerland and jointly initiate research projects.

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