At its first meeting in the new year, held from 11 to 12 March 2019, the FWF Board approved around EUR 47.5 million out of an application volume of EUR 180.7 million, resulting in an approval rate of 26.3 percent across all programmes. This year 145 outstanding projects were chosen out of an overall field of 493 applications.
doc.funds strengthen young talent
Six projects were selected in what is now the second doc.funds call. The FWF received a total of 28 applications with a volume of EUR 45 million. Thirteen consortia were invited to a hearing before the doc.funds jury made up of leading international experts, who in turn submitted their funding recommendations to the FWF Board. In the end, six projects with a funding volume of around EUR 11 million were approved (approval rate 23.7%), enabling 56 doctoral positions to be funded for a period of four years.
FWF Board meeting in detail
Stand-Alone Projects once again accounted for the bulk of the approvals, forming the backbone of FWF funding. The board approved EUR 27.5 million out of a total of EUR 101.8 million in requested funding (including clinical research), corresponding to an approval rate of 27 percent.
Total funding requested for International Programmes, which are implemented jointly with international partner funding organisations, came to EUR 19.8 million, of which EUR 4.7 million was conditionally approved (approval rate 23.9%). In some cases, the partner organisations have yet to issue their decisions.
Career programmes play a central role in the FWF’s funding portfolio. In the “Schrödinger” outgoing programme, 40.7 percent of the submissions were successfully chosen with total of EUR 1.9 million approved. In the “Meitner” incoming programme, EUR 2.3 million was approved, corresponding to a rate of 27.7 percent.
Quality, Fairness, Transparency
Apart from aspiring to the highest level of scientific quality, internationality and fairness, the FWF also stands for maximum transparency. For this reason, all approved research projects are presented in detail on the FWF website, which can be found at: https://pf.fwf.ac.at/en/research-in-practice/project-finder.
Moreover, statistics are provided for each Board meeting, which can be found at: https://www.fwf.ac.at/en/about-the-fwf/funding-statistics/.
The FWF Board
The FWF Board is composed of the Executive Board of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), as well as expert reporters. The term of office of the current Board runs until October 2020; the primary task of the Board is to issue research funding decisions. The members of the FWF Board can be found at: https://www.fwf.ac.at/en/about-the-fwf/organisation/board/.
Austrian Science Fund FWF
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is Austria's central funding organisation for the promotion of basic research and arts-based research. Applying international quality benchmarks, the FWF provides funding for outstanding research projects and excellent researchers who work to generate, broaden and deepen scientific knowledge.