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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.

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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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Urgent Funding for Research into Humanitarian Crises Like Epidemics and Pandemics

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The key to fighting a global crisis like a pandemic is gathering as much knowledge as possible in the shortest amount of time: knowledge about the virus itself, about effective therapies, as well as their social, economic, and legal impacts. The far-reaching effects of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak are currently turning the lives of billions of people upside down. The knowledge and methodological expertise of basic researchers are indispensable in the struggle against such crises and for coping with their consequences. New research projects in Austria are intended to enhance the existing potential, contribute to the rapid gain in knowledge, and thus prepare for future challenging situations.

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Cancellation of all FWF Events until the End of April as a Preventive Health Measure

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Due to the decree on the cancellation of events passed by the government on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, as well as in response to the appeal to restrict social contacts, the FWF is following the guidelines as well as precautionary measures and postponing the events planned for March and April indefinitely.

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Global Standards for Assessing Research

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Open access to data, reproducible methods, and research work that goes beyond publications—by establishing the ‘Hong Kong Principles’, researchers and research organisations from all over the world have agreed on common principles for assessing research. The goal is to strengthen the focus on the trustworthiness of research.

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